Network Question

This type of task and response is used to create differential diagnosis hypotheses. The student will be asked to enter possible differential diagnoses (hypotheses), which correspond to the results that were recorded while working on the case in player mode. The student must then evaluate to what extent these results speak for or against the hypothesis.

As an author, you may enter both findings and hypotheses and establish links between them (+ speaks for, ++ strongly speaks for, +++ proves, - speaks against, – strongly speaks against, — refutes, ? questionable). The following modes are available:

1.    No hypotheses suggested (standard): the student must create and enter his/her own hypotheses.
2.    Hypotheses have been suggested: the student must establish a link between the suggested hypotheses and his/her results.
3.    Selection list for hypotheses: the student selects hypotheses from a list.
4.    You may use the network with +++/—, ++/– or with +/-, and accordingly, the students' choices are limited to this selection.

The system can evaluate items 2 and 3 automatically! If you click on the “Consider Course of Time” selection box, this network will be shown in all subsequent networks as well, and previous networks will be integrated into this one, allowing you to process the case continuously.
This answer type is suitable for interim stages of a case that have been completed, e.g. case history.
Important: This type of question is very time-consuming, particularly if students have to enter hypotheses themselves. It is recommended that this type of question/answer is not used for all cases, only a select few.

More information about this kind of question and didactic advice can be found here.


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