Atomic Assessments Introduction
Atomic Assessments has customizable question options and settings beyond those available in the built-in Canvas quizzes. It integrates with Canvas Speedgrader and Gradebook and is available for all Utah State faculty in Canvas.
Watch a two-minute feature demonstration or explore the Atomic Assessments overview page.
Should I Use Canvas Quizzes or Atomic Assessments?
Atomic Assessments has 10 question categories with 4+ question types each, including interactive and customizable options for fill-in-the-blank, images, math, graphing, chemistry, and more. See images of these categories and types in the questions overview.
Customizable Question Types
Questions and assessments can be customized at the code level. In Canvas quizzes, an HTML editor is available with the Rich Content Editor, but this does not change the format of the question type itself, as is possible in Atomic Assessments.
In Atomic Assessments, instructors can enable on-screen features such as a protractor, ruler, line-by-line text reader, and scientific calculator.
Besides question types, Canvas Classic quizzes provide no built-in feature options. New Quizzes in Canvas provides a calculator option.
Embed Questions in a Content Page
Atomic Assessment questions can be embedded in lesson and assignment pages. The only equivalent option is a Design Tools multiple-choice option on lesson pages; however, only Atomic Assessment questions on lesson pages can be added to students’ grades.
Lesson page with Atomic Assessments Question
Student Performance Reports
Atomic Assessments generates five different reports per assignment: Summary, Item Scores, Item Statistics, Responses, and Outcomes.
Atomic Assessments Item Scores
Atomic Assessments Item Statistics
Compare reports with Canvas Classic quiz reports and New Quiz reports to find the best option for your course.
Customizable Assessment Layout
Using a customizable format and the “passage” feature, instructors can build entire graded or ungraded lessons within an Atomic Assessments assignment.
If you are interested in a simpler layout feature, New Canvas Quizzes also offers a side-by-side passage and question(s) option.
- Print a copy of the assignment or answer key
- An in-quiz “Check answer” button for individual questions
- Multiple attempts for individual questions
While Atomic Assessments has many sophisticated and exciting options, it may exceed your current course needs or interests. Explore the options and tutorials to see if it is a good fit for you.
- “Atomic Assessments – Documentation.” Atomic Jolt. Accessed 25 February 2020.