DUGA: a Quiz App for and by Ghent University Staff

Learn more about DUGA, an educational app developed by the research group Accounting Education at Ghent University. The app is one of four winning submissions in the Ghent University Innoversity Challgenge, and offers opportunities to make the conversion towards active learning in your course unit. 

What is DUGA? 

DUGA stands for "Dare to Game." It is an educational app in the form of an online quiz, developed for and by Ghent University. 

The quiz format makes answering questions fun and introduces a competitive element that challenges students to improve their performance. The option of playing under a nickname makes quizzing even more accessible. The app also allows for direct feedback, so students are able to learn from their mistakes immediately. And there is more. As a lecturer you can e.g. create an on-the-spot challenge during class and let students challenge each other, and aim for a higher score on the leader board by collecting points and badges. 

The app is specifically designed for smartphones, but quizzes can also play on PC via a web browser. DUGA is linked to the CAS system; therefore, access is granted via existing Ghent University accounts. DUGA is also linked to Ufora. This means that both in the app itself and in the back-end system where teachers enter their questions, a link is created with a particular Ufora course. 

How to Use DUGA? 

Use DUGA as an extension of the students' learning environment. Do not use it as a means to let students study.  

You can use DUGA as an exercise tool outside the classroom e.g. by: 

  • opening up new questions after the lesson about that week's teaching material; 
  • organising a 'DUGA revision week' at the end of a semester by opening up all the questions at once;
  • organising a 'seven-day challenge' where students have seven days to go through a specific series of questions. 


You can use DUGA as a tool to activate students during class e.g. by, 

  • letting students answer a series of ten questions during class. After that, you can go through the answers with the students step by step; 
  • creating a challenge to which you invite the students using a code. Showing the leader board at the end creates an extra challenge. 


How to Use DUGA as a Lecturer? 

As a lecturer, you enter questions through the back-end system. This is a user-friendly platform for PC, developed for and by Ghent University staff. The questions appear automatically (either immediately or at a specified time).  

The wide range of built-in types of questions makes DUGA useful for you and colleagues from other faculties. Examples include: 

  • multiple-choice questions, 
  • true/false questions, 
  • questions about a figure, 
  • indicating word parts, 
  • spelling words, 
  • sorting items in the correct order, 
  • indicating the correct number with a slider. 


The platform also gives you an overview of the learning analytics. This way, you gain insight into your student group's performance. It allows you e.g. to find out which questions your students find difficult. 

If you want to use DUGA within a course unit, first allow your students to familiarise themselves with the app. You can do this by showing the DUGA promo video during the first lesson, or by playing the first game with the students during class as a warming up exercise. 

How to Use DUGA as a Student? 

Students create a profile and choose a nickname. Then the course units in their curriculum that work with DUGA are automatically loaded into the app. 

At the beginning of each game, students choose which course units they want the questions to come from: either from one single course unit or from several course units simultaneously. By answering questions correctly, they collect points and badges. After a series of ten questions, the student immediately receives content feedback. By continuing to play and thus score, the students improve their position on the leader board. 

Practical Example 

Prof. Dr. Peter Van Elsuwege from the Faculty of Law and Criminology uses DUGA in his course unit 'Introduction to European and International Law'. Click here to read his testimony.  

Want to Know More? 

For more information on DUGA and on how to get started, visit the DUGA page

Last modified Jan. 13, 2021, 10:48 a.m.