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What is a diagnostic?
A diagnostic is a set of questions that allow the artificially intelligent recommendation engine to determine what a student knows and doesn’t know.
How would you use it to assess gaps in a student’s knowledge?
Diagnostics are an excellent way to assess gaps in knowledge, either in classes or in individual students. Teachers can set the diagnostic at the beginning or the end of a topic to monitor students’ progress and assess their understanding. Results from the diagnostics and any gaps in understanding can be seen at a question level by the teacher in the Nuggets tab of the teacher dashboard. Nuggets can then be set according to what students are struggling with.
For articles on how to use the Nuggets tab go to 'How to use the teacher dashboard'.
Can I reset diagnostics?
As soon as a course is assigned, diagnostics will appear in a student’s pathway automatically. Once they have been completed they will not be visible to students, unlike the learning nuggets. Students can only redo diagnostics if they have been reset by the teacher. Unlike a normal nugget, the questions in the diagnostic will remain the same when attempted again.
To reset a diagnostic for your class, we recommend using the Planner tool. You can find instructions on how to set nuggets via the Planner here.
You can also set diagnostics to individual students by using the Assignments function. Instructions on how to set nuggets as an assignment can be found here.
What do Students experience in a diagnostic?
Students will not receive feedback on whether they are responding correctly or incorrectly to the questions in the diagnostic and will not see their overall score on the results page at the end. This is so that diagnostics are not seen by students as tests, more as a way for the platform to understand their strengths and areas for improvement. If a student does not know the answer, they can use the ‘I don’t know’ button. CENTURY can then personalise each student’s pathway with the appropriate nuggets.
How do I set my students more than one diagnostic?
As soon as your students have complete one diagnostic the rest will disappear and their pathway will be filled with nuggets instead. Students are not able to search for a diagnostic on CENTURY like they can with nuggets. If you would like your students to do more than one diagnostic when beginning a CENTURY course, you can use the Planner tab.