Sorry for the long explanation, but I need some space to make clear exactly what the problem is:
When I make a Kahoot quiz for one of my college courses, I set it to Private, so that my students cannot cheat by searching it out in advance of the class session.
However, after they take the Kahoot quiz during class, the full contents of the quiz become available to the students for all time.
Think about it for a minute. You’re a teacher. You use Kahoots in your class as graded events. You record the underlying scores, and use them as grades for your students.
Do you make a new set of quizzes, with brand-new questions, every semester?
Of course, you do not. That would be an immense, needless effort. You remake them only as needed.
So, as a teacher, would you want all the questions and answers for all of your quizzes floating around your school, for everyone to share?
Of course, you would not.
You would collect each quiz back, in class, after students take it—precisely to remove them from circulation in the school.
Otherwise, a student in the morning class can take the quiz, then share all of the correct answers with the student in the afternoon class.
Students finishing the Fall semester of the course could give—or even sell—their Kahoot reports to students coming in for the Spring semester.
And students who failed your course and must re-take it the next semester will have all the questions and all the answers to every quiz you give throughout the whole course. (This is happening right now in one of my courses.)
As a tool for measuring student preparation and knowledge, all of your Kahoot quizzes are now worthless.
This is a catastrophic flaw in the design of the app.
Of course, I understand that many people who make Kahoots want them to be shared widely, all over the world, for fun. It’s part of the appeal of your application.
However, many people who make Kahoots want to hold their contents closely, and keep them private, so they can be used as legitimate assessments of student knowledge.
I am asking for the following fix:
If someone sets a Kahoot to Private, as I have done with all of mine, please make it so the results are also private—correct answers are shown to the students in the context of the game-play, but there is no report generated for them afterward.
I have made dozens of Kahoots, representing hundreds of hours of labor. To discover these Kahoot quizzes are all useless as graded class events is a serious blow to my teaching.
Please make this feature an option for teachers who need to restrict access to their questions and answers, in order to preserve their value. Thank you.
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