InQuizitive FAQ


What is InQuizitive?

InQuizitive is a formative, adaptive quizzing tool that supports select Norton textbooks.  Instructors most often assign InQuizitive as pre-lecture assignments to ensure students come prepared to lectures, quizzes, and exams.

InQuizitive is formative assessment. What is formative assessment?

Formative assessment is "quizzing to learn," or assessment FOR knowledge, not OF knowledge. While students do receive a grade in InQuizitive, the primary purpose of InQuizitive is to facilitate student learning and provide feedback to instructors on student performance to improve future teaching.  Research supports the use of formative assessment.  For more information, click here.

InQuizitive is adaptive. What does that mean?

Adaptive learning tools provide a personalized learning experience tailored to each student’s learning needs. InQuizitive does this in three ways:

  1. Students who need the most help get the most help.  Students who don't quite grasp the material will have to answer more questions to receive a good grade than their classmates who begin the activity with a good understanding of the topic. 

  2. Students receive more questions on the learning objectives they’re struggling with most.

  3. Students receive easier questions if they’re struggling, or harder questions if they’ve shown they’re ready for them.

InQuizitive includes game-like elements. What are some examples and why were they included?

Research supports the use of gaming elements in education to engage students and motivate them as they work. Game-like elements in InQuizitive include:

  • The confidence slider, which allows students to wager points on each question.
  • The visual design (e.g. rounded corners, blinking alien logo, bright colors).
  • Levels: Students progress through Level 1, then through Level 2, then through Level 3, completing the activity. They get a short "reward screen" after completing each level.
  • The sound effects, which provide immediate auditory feedback on students’ actions, and background music.
  • Bonus points for answering 5 questions correctly in a row and bonus questions for “leveling up” when students are struggling.
  • Students can click to “Take a Break” at any time, and solve a puzzle game while they clear their heads.

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What’s up with the little alien?

Really, we just like Quizmo.

Students seem to like Quizmo as well.  Hope you do too.



Can I try an InQuizitive activity?

Of course you can. Select a discipline and textbook from the "Register, Purchase, Sign-In" drop-down menu at  Then click on InQuizitive and select a demo activity.


Can I class test InQuizitive with my students?

Sure. Email John Kresse at jkresse(at)


I just want a brief overview. Can you help?

Watch this video.

OK, I want more detail. How do instructors set up an InQuizitive activity?


  • For each InQuizitive activity, instructors set a minimum number of questions that students must answer to receive a grade. Instructors also set a target score. If students reach the target score, they receive a grade of 100%.
  • Once students reach the minimum number of questions, they’ll begin to receive a grade. Their grade is the percentage of the Target Score points they’ve accumulated. So if the Target Score is 1000 and the student has accumulated 500 points, the student’s current score is 50%.
  • Up until an instructor's due date, students can answer as many questions as they want to reach the Target Score and receive 100%.


How do students gain or lose points on each question while trying to reach the target score?

  • Students wager points on each question using the confidence slider. When students increase their confidence level and answer a question correctly, they gain more points. But beware! Students lose that number of points for answering questions incorrectly, so students need to be strategic about how they use the confidence slider.
  • Scoring on each question ranges from 20-100 points depending on where students set their confidence level.
  • A student who loses points by answering a question incorrectly can regain half of the points he or she lost by answering the question correctly on the second attempt. Some types of questions also allow for “second chance points” on third, fourth, or fifth attempts.


Where does InQuizitive content come from?

InQuizitive content is developed in the same way Norton book content is created, through a close, collaborative process between Norton editors, Norton authors, and subject matter experts.

InQuizitive questions are developed to accompany Norton textbooks. Questions use the same terminology and images that students see in their books, with the goal of directing students back to their book for additional learning and reading.

What types of questions will students see in InQuizitive activities?

Our goal in developing InQuizitive has been to provide the technology for our question authors to ask about each individual concept in a way that’s engaging, thought-provoking, and fun for students. So we’ve developed many different question types in InQuizitive—12 at last count (and many types have a number of different “variants”)—to allow us to ask creative questions about the variety of concepts and disciplines our books cover. Every question in InQuizitive is essentially a mini-game in itself, and all share the following characteristics:

  • All questions are interactive in one way or another: students have to drag-and-drop elements from one place to another, find and click a choice, a part of an image, or a part of a sentence, or type something to answer the question.
  • In every question, students get immediate feedback after every click, drag/drop, or keypress. InQuizitive corrects students as soon as they start down the wrong path to answering a question—before they’ve gone down that path long enough to develop a misunderstanding.
  • There is no “I give up” or “Show me the answer” button in InQuizitive. Every question is designed to guide students to generate the correct answer themselves, even if they don’t know the answer when they start.


InQuizitive includes fewer multiple choice questions than other adaptive quizzing systems. Why?

Cognitive psychological research has shown that deep processing of content leads to better retention. By including more interactive question types and fewer multiple choice questions, InQuizitive supports more effective formative learning:

  • While answering interactive questions in InQuizitive, students engage more deeply with content and generate the answers to questions themselves, leading to better retention.
  • In InQuizitive’s multiple select questions, students trigger helpful feedback for every answer choice. This feedback includes rich explanations of why choices are correct or incorrect.
  • By requiring students to answer different types of questions, InQuizitive trains students to apply their course content knowledge in different contexts: lectures, exams, higher-level classes, and "real life".



Does InQuizitive integrate with BlackBoard and other learning management systems?

Yes. InQuizitive integrates with Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle. Using another LMS? Let us know. We may be able to get integration working for you.

What are the benefits of LMS integration?


  • Single-sign on for instructors and students
  • Automatic creation of a student set (course) and placement of students into the correct student set.
  • Gradebook integration and transfer for instructors



I want to use InQuizitive with LMS integration. How do I get set up?

Contact your local Norton representative to get started. We’re happy to help you get set up. We may need to work with your campus IT department to make this happen.

Can InQuizitive be used without LMS integration?

Absolutely. If for whatever reason we can’t get integration working for you, you can still use InQuizitive and access student results. And if you have no interest in integrating InQuizitive with your campus LMS, that’s just fine. InQuizitive works perfectly well stand-alone.

This all sounds great...but I want to know the nitty-gritty details.

Where can I learn more about instructor and student-facing InQuizitive functionality?

I want to learn more about InQuizitive and LMS integration. Where do I go?