UNM-LA Introduces ‘Designing Your Life’ Course

UNM-LA continuing faculty member Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, also a LANL staff member, will teach Designing Your Life, UNIV 101 this spring at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA is launching a new course in the Spring 2019 semester: Designing Your Life, UNIV 101. The class is based on a Stanford University course, using the book, “Designing Your Life” by Stanford University professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

Burnett and Evans developed a series of exercises to help students engage in ‘design thinking,’ a strategy typically used to improve a product or experience. The practices taught in the class can help people reframe beliefs that surround life and career decisions, and help participants discover alternate paths to pursue in their lives.

Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will facilitate the course. Lloyd-Ronning, a continuing faculty member at UNM-LA and also a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, envisions a highly interactive format, with written exercises completed at home and class time focused on discussions.

“We are very excited that Dr. Lloyd-Ronning will be bringing this course to our campus. It is similar to a successful program called New Beginnings that we offered several years ago,” UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney said. “We anticipate that this course will be attractive to people who are starting their college career, as well as those interested in re-entering the workforce, changing their career or finding their next adventure after retirement.”

Evans and Burnett teach that curiosity and experimentation are fundamental components of developing new possibilities for change in one’s life. Learning to reframe problems, which can open up new possibilities for solutions, and working collaboratively are also important in the process of cultivating new options.

Seminar: Designing Your Life, UNIV 101 will meet 2-3:40 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 14-May 6, 2019. For information about registering for this or any other UNM-LA class, call 505.662.5919 or visit Student Services in Building 1 on the UNM-LA campus. To view the schedule, visit losalamos.unm.edu/academics/class-schedule.html.

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM–Los Alamos is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

Book cover, ‘Designing Your Life’. Courtesy image