Common Sense Review
Updated March 2017

Couragion

Individualized STEM career exploration targets students' values
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Common Sense Rating 4
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  • Couragion connects STEM careers to students' values and interests.
  • Kids begin by answering a questionnaire that asks them about their preferences.
  • Based on the results of their survey, students are allocated Quests.
  • Quests include videos where role models describe their jobs.
  • Points are earned as they progress through each Quest.
Pros
Well organized and quickly exposes kids to a broad variety of STEM careers.
Cons
Videos and web quests cannot take the place of actual role models and mentors.
Bottom Line
Students identify career values and use them to evaluate STEM options.
Emily Pohlonski
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Sometimes students are turned off by online career-planning programs. Couragion counters this with an easy-to-use interface that keeps revisiting what each individual student cares about. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Videos and Fact Packs provide important details about STEM careers, including type of work, salary, and education requirements. Quizzes encourage self-reflection about each career. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Teachers can track student progress using the Navigator dashboard. Couragion is missing planning tools and concrete next steps to support kids once a career has piqued their interest.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers, counselors, and schools can use Couragion to help middle and high school students expand the different types of careers they're considering. Once students have used Couragion to identify a career of high interest, students will benefit significantly from shadowing or volunteering with a person in that field. Businesses, hospitals, and other community organizations are much more likely to accept one passionate student into their workplace instead of a large field trip of semi-interested teenagers.

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What's It Like?

Couragion is a website that helps match students to STEM careers. Kids begin by answering a questionnaire that asks them about their values. They then use sliders and drag and drop their choices to signify the importance of things such as travel, recognition, creativity, and variety in their work.

Based on the results of the survey, students are allocated quests into various STEM-related career options such as food scientist, patent attorney, or product manager. Quests include a role model who shares both what they love and don't love about their job. Kids watch videos, read fact sheets, play games, and take quizzes. Points are earned as they progress through each quest. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Couragion begins with each student's needs and wants. However, many kids struggle with the opening series of questions. Even high school seniors are not sure whether they want to work for a nonprofit or profit company; they may not have had enough life experience to answer confidently. But by clicking on the information icon, students can view a box that provides some added context, such as the challenges and benefits of working with differently sized teams.  

Couragion’s drag-and-drop selections can be particularly helpful if a student is having an internal debate about something like the number of years of schooling they're willing to complete after high school. Sliders allow kids to characterize themselves in a more nuanced way; instead of simply saying they never want to work alone, students can indicate that most of the time they would like to work with someone else. One of the most helpful tools for kids is the Profile Builder. After learning about a career, such as a physician assistant, kids drag and drop cards into briefcases based on their values. For example, they decide how important it is to select the number of days they work or how they would feel about taking a virology course. Couragion allows kids to not only learn about other careers but also determine whether or not they match their interests and strengths.

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