In August 2013, Kahoot! started the wildest ride we could have ever imagined. Now that there are over 25 million unique users per month playing in over 180 countries, it seems like the right time to start getting to know each other better – from how it all began, to the inside scoop on our best tips and tricks to get more out of our platform!
To kick off this series, we’re sitting down with Alf Inge Wang from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU). A true Kahoot! original, he is our Games Professor in Residence and has been around since, well – Kahoot! was born.
In fact, he’s the man behind the music that has 25 million of you grooving while Kahoot!’ing every month. When he’s not coding, teaching or exploring gaming models, Alf Inge spends his time at an altogether different sort of keyboard, composing music and performing, so composing a little theme music for Kahoot! came naturally. Little did he know those notes would spark thousands (yes, thousands!) of lively Kahoot! dance videos, awesome remixes and funny tweets!
Developing Kahoot! game modes
Alf Inge is what we like to call a smart cookie. Having earned his PhD in software engineering in 2001, his research interests in game-based learning, game development, game concept development, computer support for mobile collaborative work, peer-to-peer computing, software architecture, and software engineering education have shaped his career as an academic and innovator – and he’s only just begun.
Working with Kahoot! co-founders Morten Versvik, Jamie Brooker and Johan Brand, Alf Inge researched, tested and developed core game components that are part of Kahoot! as we know it. Now you’ll find him applying that insight into new game modes and concepts, all while creating some of the most popular kahoots we have to offer.
He’s also working on two exciting new Kahoot! game modes:
“Rewarding accuracy is of the most important elements of Kahoot!, so I’ve been developing a new ‘ladder’ mode with this in mind. While I can’t give away too many details just yet, this mode will allow for multi-tiered answers that ensure well-studied learners come out on top in competition.
“Taking a cue from classic casino games, I’m also working on a unique and exciting new game mode – it’s designed to reward honest self-assessment and confidence. More on this later!”
Experimenting with new ways to play Kahoot!
Like many College teachers, Alf Inge uses Kahoot! at the start of each lesson to recap previous lectures, as well as at the end of the semester to review content. But given the unique hurdles that come with teaching massive classes of 400 and challenging small groups to intensive game development projects, he really benefits from getting creative with ways to play Kahoot!
Here are few of his favourite ways to play:
Surveys: As we all know, speaking in front of huge crowds can be intimidating – especially for students. Instead of waiting for people to put their hand up, he uses Surveys – it alleviates some of that pressure while still giving every student a chance to get involved.