Need Some Spice in Your Classroom? Try Kahoot!

For nursing educators who like their students awake and engaged in class, the challenge of finding activities that are both relevant and exhilarating remains a tough nut to crack.  Some teachers in the College of Nursing and elsewhere have incorporated games into their classrooms to add competition, motivate students to stay engaged with material, and help students remember a lesson long after it ends.  Enter Kahoot!, an online interactive quiz platform that allows the classroom to turn its energy toward the age-old goal of winning a game.

Gamification has gained popularity in recent years as a tool for engaging people in tasks that might otherwise be un-stimulating to the point of boredom (think exercise apps, shoppers rewards programs, and even investing apps that create a prize system to keep users interested.) Several examples of gamification in the nursing education world already exist, such as this study which used Kahoot! to help drive pharmacology lessons home for nursing students.

Kahoot! allows instructors to ask questions with a countdown timer and lets students play against each other, alone or in teams.  You can add a song or video clip to questions as well.  Learn more about Kahoot! on their website, and watch videos that highlight the capabilities of this platform.

Wondering where you can get started using Kahoot! in your classroom? Check out this blog post on using Kahoot! in the college setting.  Next, watch this video on how to get started.  Have you used Kahoot! in your nursing classroom or in other professional development? Please comment below with your experiences!

Addendum (by Joni Tornwall)

Since this article was posted, some frequently asked questions from faculty have come to light:

How do I sign up for a Kahoot account?

The College of Nursing does not currently have a paid account with Kahoot.  Sign up for a free account at

How do I use Kahoot?

The video Lara references above (1:35) is a good visual demonstration that will help you get started in Kahoot.

How do I launch my first Kahoot quiz in my classroom?

Ask your students to open a browser and go to on their laptop, tablet, or phone. Then, ask them to enter the Game PIN, which you will see on your Kahoot interface after you launch your game at

Can I use Kahoot to take attendance?

You can see how many students have joined your game, but they may enter a name that is not their own.  If you need to know specifically who is attending your class on any given day, contact the CON IT department to learn about other applications that can easily do this electronically for you, like Top Hat.


Kaizen: A Gamification Platform for Academic and Patient Education

When: Tuesday, November 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: OSU CCTS, 240 Prior Hall
Join CON faculty member Carolynn Thomas Jones and her colleagues from University of Alabama at Birmingham to learn about Kaizen, a gamification platform for teaching and learning.  Kaizen has been used in academic programs in public health and nursing, including our own MACPR courses where students learn about clinical research quality management.  If you’ve been considering integrating an element of gamification in your course, find out if this platform might be just what you need.


A Gamification Platform for Academic Education, Training & Patient Education 

November 13, 2018; OSU CCTS, 240 Prior Hall


10:00      Welcome, Introductions (Carolynn Jones, Becky Jackson)

10:15      James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor,

UAB Division of Infectious Diseases

  • What is KAIZEN? The Story, The Applications, Future Plans

11:00      David Redden, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Biostatistics

UAB School of Public Health

  • R2T Kaizen; Academic applications (Biostatistics)

11:45      Penny Jester, MPH, RN, Instructor OSU CON/MACPR; Clinical Research Educator/Consultant

Carolynn Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, Associate Professor, OSU College of Nursing/MACPR

  • Kaizen at UAB College of Nursing- Academic Courses and Patient Education
  • Kaizen at OSU: Quality Kaizen – MACPR Quality Course: NUR7482
  • In the Works: GCP Kaizen

12:15      Q&A Discussions, Demonstrations

1:00       Adjourn

Additional information on Kaizen

An invitation from MACPR faculty member, Carolynn Thomas Jones:

On Tuesday, November 13 (10-1pm ET), members of the CCTS at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are going to join faculty from the CON MACPR program to present the use of gamification for academic learning, training, and patient education. The game platform was developed by James Willig, MD at UAB for the purpose of educating interns and residents in the UAB internal medicine program via a gamification platform he has named Kaizen. It was a huge success with intensive engagement and a marked increase in board scores. Since that time, this gamification platform has been used for multiple academic programs in public health and nursing academic education, to train rigor, responsibility and transparency to translational scientists. It has also been used in nursing for patient education. Carolynn Jones and Penny Jester have used it in one of the MACPR Courses addressing clinical research quality management and are currently working on a Kaizen game for GCP training under a UAB CCTS supplement award. If you are interested in learning about this platform and toying with the idea of gamification in your courses or nursing applications, please RSVP by email to Terri Ryan at We will be meeting at the OSU CCTS- Room 240 Prior.

H5P for interactive course content

Brad Thompson, CON IT employee and grad-entry nursing student, introduced H5P in our most recent Flash Friday.  He showed us how to create content such as flashcards, interactive video, and self-assessment quizzes with H5P.  He described H5P features and functions, provided examples, and demonstrated how to integrate H5P learning objects into a Carmen course.
H5P is a free and open-source application you and your students can access online in a web browser. See Brad’s previous blog posts on H5P for more information.
View a recording of Brad’s H5P webinar.


Zoom in the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing IT Department has added Zoom to their learning technology tool set!

Zoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, mobile collaboration, and simple online meetings. Zoom’s web-based conferencing uses high quality video and audio and is accessible on Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android mobile devices.  Zoom is very similar in functionality to Adobe Connect (CarmenConnect), but because it is hosted in the cloud, it does not appear to have the same problems that arise occasionally in CarmenConnect, such as frequent disconnects and audio dropping in and out.  The College of Nursing has obtained a limited number of Zoom accounts for College of Nursing faculty teaching online who are seeking an alternative to CarmenConnect.

To reserve a Zoom meeting room for your meetings and classes, visit

On April 13, Awais Ali presented a webinar to CON faculty and staff on getting started with Zoom.  View the recorded webinar.

Looking for shorter, more general tutorials in snippets?  These quick Zoom video tutorials include instructions to use breakout rooms, polling, screen sharing, recording, and other advanced features.

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