Atomic Assessments - Exporting and Importing Activities

Atomic Assessments is an advanced quizzing tool that is currently available through Canvas to all of UW-Madison's for-credit users. Because it is an advanced quizzing tool, it is recommend for technically advanced instructors or instructors with local support staff. Please leave ample time to develop and test assessments in Atomic Assessments before incorporating them into your live courses.

This document outlines how to export and import various files from and to Atomic Assessments in Canvas.

Exporting and Importing Activities

If you create an activity in a sandbox course in Canvas, you may want to export that activity such that you can import it into another Canvas course. Follow the steps below to export and import an Atomic Assessments activity.

Exporting Atomic Assessment Activities

  1. Click on the Atomic Assessments link in the left hand navigation bar of the course you want to export the activity from.

  2. Click on the 3 lines next to Atomic Assessments at the top of the Atomic Assessments dashboard.
    Menu button in Atomic Assessments dashboard

  3. From the dropdown menu, select Download Content.
    Download content button highlighted in the Atomic Assessments drop down menu

  4. Select the activities you want to export from Atomic Assessments.

  5. Click Export.

  6. Once your export is complete, a pop-up will appear. Click Download to download your .zip file, which contains the exported activities.


Importing Atomic Assessment Activities

  1. Make sure to enable Atomic Assessments in your course’s navigation as outlined in Atomic Assessments - Enabling Atomic Assessments in Canvas

  2. Click on the Atomic Assessments link in the left hand navigation bar of the course you want to import the activity to.

  3. Click on the 3 lines next to Atomic Assessments at the top of the Atomic Assessments dashboard.
    Menu button in Atomic Assessments dashboard

  4. From the dropdown menu, select the Add Content.
    Add content button highlighted in the Atomic Assessments drop down menu

  5. Click Choose a file to import.

  6. Select the .zip file you want to import. Files must be in a .zip format to be imported.

  7. Click Import. It may take a few minutes for your file to import depending on the size.

  8. After import, return to the Atomic Assessments dashboard.

  9. Click the New Assignment button.

  10. Click the Search Existing Activities button.
    New assignment dashboard with Search Exisiting Activities button highlighted

  11. Select the activity from the list that you want to use to create a new assignment, and edit the assignment as desired.


Import Canvas Quizzes into Atomic Assessment Activities

If you have other quizzes already developed in Canvas Quizzes, you may wish to import those as Atomic Assessments assignments. Though this is not necessary, you may wish to do this so students access all quiz content in your course in the same way.


  1. Navigate to the menu by clicking the 3 lines next to Atomic Assessments

  2. From the dropdown menu, select the Add Content.

  3. Select the Canvas Quizzes tab.

Canvas quizzes button after the Add content button in the atomic assessments menu is clicked.

  1. Select the quizzes you want to import into Atomic Assessments.

  2. Click Import.

  3. These quizzes can now be found in the authoring menu. Make sure to carefully review the quizzes for accuracy.




Keywords:atomic assessments, quiz, quizzing, advanced quizzing, assessments   Doc ID:92489
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2019-06-17 13:10 CDTUpdated:2020-01-08 10:01 CDT
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