Designing formative assessments using Kahoot


Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  1. Navigate the Kahoot platform
  2. Design a Kahoot formative assessment

Kahoot for Formative Assessment

In the last lesson, you participated in a formative assessment Kahoot to gauge your preliminary understanding of what formative assessment is and how it can be used.

Kahoot is an excellent platform for formative assessment for a variety of reasons.

1. It's engaging

Kahoot labels itself as a "game-based digital learning platform," but the main takeaway of many students is GAME. The bright eye-catching colors, catchy music, and fast-paced nature of Kahoot make it appealing to all learners.

2. It is low or no-stakes Kahoot requires players to enter a "nickname" or temporary username for each quiz. The anonymity ensures that players feel comfortable participating without fear of failure or judgment from peers. "Low-stakes" is a term typically used to describe formative assessment because the results have little or no impact on student grades. Despite the fact that Kahoots are low stakes, the competitive nature is often sufficient enough to ensure maximal student effort. Remember, formative assessment is FOR learning!

3. It is

Kahoot User Guide

Kahoot User Guide


1. Choose two examples of formative assessment strategies from Natalie Regier's Book on formative assessment.
Create a pros/cons list for each of the strategies. Keep in mind your particular class(es), there are no right or wrong answers!

2. In this assignment, you will self-assess your knowledge of formative assessments so far. You will use the Kahoot online platform to do so. Follow these steps to access and participate in the Kahoot!

  1. In any browser, open the following link to the Kahoot titled "Lesson 1: What is Formative Assessment?
  2. Click PLAY and then START NOW, followed by CLASSIC
  3. Using a phone or other tablet device, visit Kahoot.It and enter the PIN number generated
  4. Click start and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Your results will be used to improve this course in the future!




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Black, P., & Wiliam, D. (2009). Developing the Theory of Formative Assessment. Educational Assessment, Evaluation And Accountability, 21(1), 5-31.

Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction. (2017).

Regier, N. (2012). Book two: 60 formative assessment strategies. Regier Educational Resources. Retrieved June, 4, 2014.