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Lunch lecture: Designing Your Life – facing the future with confidence

Monday 21 March 2022
Restaurant Facultyclub

How can you teach students what they want to do after graduating by using Design Thinking? 

Bram Hoonhouts Comenius Project aims to tackle a pressing issue among students: they have little clue what they want to do when they graduate, but are sure that a perfect CV is required. By using the innovation methodology of Design Thinking students learn to approach their future in a different way. This lecture will explain what the courses of the Comenius Project are about, what we’ve learned so far and how the methodology might be applied in other curricula and programmes. Preliminary results show large positive effects in terms of reduced career anxiety, increased career certainty, and increased psychological capital (hope, optimism and self-efficacy).

Who is this lecture for?

The Lunch Lectures are initiated by the Leiden Teachers' Academy (LTA) and aim for teaching staff who want to improve their teaching. The next lunch lecture will be April 13. 

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Registration (till March 16th) is needed for catering purposes only. A vegetarian lunch is available.

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About the Comenius Project

Using the innovation methodology of Design Thinking, this project at the Honours Academy offers courses to honours students as well as regular students, both at the Bachelors and Masters level. By thinking like designers, students approach their future in a different way. For instance, they realise perfection does not exist, and that prototypes are the best way to try out an idea. Therefore, they visualise three different futures, and prototype these by engaging in network conversations. Super scary at first, but super fun and insightful once they try it. In addition, through various exercises, students learn to deal with their dysfunctional beliefs, identify their strengths and values, and develop their creative confidence. All these vulnerable, personal conversations are facilitated by student-assistants, who each guide a small subgroup in class and provide a safe environment.   

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