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Atomic Assessments - Creating Assignments in Canvas

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 create assignments with Atomic Assessments.

Creating Assignments

Instructors can create an Atomic Assessments assignment by clicking in the Atomic Assessments link in the left hand navigation bar of your Canvas course. Once created and published in Atomic Assessments, the assignment will automatically appear for students when they click on Assignments in the course’s left hand navigation bar. Instructors can edit assignments through the Atomic Assessments link in the navigation bar.

  1. Click on Atomic Assessments in the left hand navigation bar on your course home page in Canvas.
Atomic Assessments link in navigation bar
  1. Once in Atomic Assessments, click New Assignment in the top right corner.

  1. Enter the assignment name and click Create. Make sure to set the title of the assignment to something that clearly and concisely identifies the assignment.

  1. Set the assignment settings as outlined in Atomic Assessments - Determining Assignment Settings

  2. After setting the assignment settings, click Save.

  3. Click on the Items tab, then click + New item to create a new item or + Find items to add items that you have already created.

    1. You can also add page breaks in between items by clicking + Page break. This will put the items you create on separate pages in the assignment.


Creating Items

  1. Click the + New Item button to create an item. Items can contain single questions,  multiple questions, or other features.

  2. Enter a title for the item. Make sure to name items in a way that will make them easy for you to find later as you can re-use items across different activities.

  3. Click Add new to add a new question to the item.



  1. Select the type of question or feature you want to add to this item.



  1. Complete the question or fill out the feature specific options. Refer to Learnosity’s documentation for details on how to create each question type.


    Please note that although Atomic Assessments allows for the creation of custom question types, Learn@UW-Madison is not able to support question types outside of the standard question types listed in Learnosity's documentation.


  2. Repeat this process to add additional questions and features to an item.

  3. Click Save in the upper right hand corner to save your item.

Creating an assignment based on an existing activity

  1. Navigate to the Atomic Assessments menu.

  2. Click the New Assignments button in the top right corner.

  1. Click on Search existing activities.

  1. Choose an activity from the list of activities that appears. This list includes all assignments you have created in Atomic Assessments, which in turn includes all items part of the assignments.

  2. Edit the assignment name and click Save.


Publishing Assignments

  1. Click on Atomic Assessments in the left hand navigation bar to display a list of the assignments you created.

  2. Click on the cloud to the far right of an assignment. Once the cloud is green with a check mark, the assignment is published and can be found by students in the Assignments tab in the left-hand navigation bar. 

Deleting Assignments

  1. Navigate to the Atomic Assessments menu.

  2. On the assignment you want to delete, click on the three dots next to the pencil.

  3. Click on Delete in the drop down menu.



Previewing Assignments

  1. After creating the assignment, click on Atomic Assessments in the left hand navigation bar.

  1. Click on the name of the assignment you want to preview.

  1. In the upper right, select the eye shaped button to preview the assignment.


  1. If the quiz is published, you can also use Student View to see what the quiz looks like to your students. To publish the assignment, click the cloud icon and wait for the cloud to turn green with a check mark.

    1. After publishing the assignment, navigate to your course home page.

    2. In the right hand navigation, click on Student View.

c. Once in Student View, click on Assignments in the left hand navigation bar.

d. Click on the name of the assignment to preview as a student.


Creating and editing tags

Tags are useful for organizing items and questions based on learning objectives, which in turn can help you ensure students are achieving specific learning outcomes. Tags can be scoped to each course and you can manage tags in Atomic Assessments. Follow the steps below to create and edit tags in your assignments.


  1. Navigate to the Authoring interface within Atomic Assessments

  1. Click on the Tags tab.


  1.  Within this tag menu, you can create tags under:

    1. Level 1 - 3 tags

      1. Type in your tag and hit enter to save the tag

    2. Add additional tag types

      1. In the Tag type window type in your tag and hit enter to save the tag.





Keywords:atomic assessments, quiz, quizzing, advanced quizzing, assessments   Doc ID:92438
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2019-06-14 06:52 CSTUpdated:2019-08-06 09:39 CST
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