Atomic Assessments – Importing a Canvas Course from Previous Semesters

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.

Please note that the Learn@UW-Madison team is tracking several significant issues with Atomic Assessments that have not yet been addressed by the vendor. These issues may substantially impact tool functionality, so please use this tool with caution.

This article explains how to copy a Canvas course along with its Atomic Assessments assignments into a new course.

Why import a Canvas course?

Importing a Canvas course allows the instructor to re-use previous Atomic Assessments assignments, course settings, syllabus information and files in a new Canvas course. When importing a course, the instructor has the option of selecting specific content to be imported, and to adjust the course dates to reflect that of the new course.

Select if all Atomic Assessments activities will be imported

Atomic Assessments has limited control over user input on the Canvas Import page. Therefore, the user must configure the scope of Canvas Imports directly on the Atomic Assessments connector. Follow the steps below to configure whether or not al Atomic Assessments activities will be imported during Canvas Import.

  • Make sure to enable Atomic Assessments in your course's navigation as outlined in Atomic Assessments - Enabling Atomic Assessments in Canvas
  • Click on the Atomic Assessments link in the left hand navigation bar of the course you want to import the Atomic Assessments content from.
  • Click on the settings button indicated by the gear link as shown below.AA Settings
  • In the settings page, make sure to check the box that reads "Import all Atomic Assessments content on next Canvas import" if you want all Atomic Assessments content to be imported during the next import. If you do not check that box, you may be missing activities in the new course after the import completes.
    • Please note that you must select the "Import all Atomic Assessments content on next Canvas import" prior to each course copy you make. This option resets after each course import.
Atomic Assessments settings page

Importing the content

Left-nav settings

import course content





See also: Atomic Assessments - Exporting and Importing Activities