Atomic Assessments

Last updated on October 26, 2023

Atomic Assessments is a quizzing tool used to create and deliver assignments that require more advanced features than the Canvas Quizzes. Quizzes created in Atomic Assessments are seamlessly integrated within Canvas and student responses are displayed to instructors in detailed reports, providing an intuitive user experience for instructors and students.

Atomic Assessments is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. More information about Atomic Assessments, updates, events and how to work with the Learn@UW–‍Madison learning technology consultants are available on the DoIT Academic Technology website.

Getting started

Atomic Assessments is available in Canvas to all for-credit courses found in the UW–‍Madison Guide. To determine whether a course would benefit from using Atomic Assessments instead of or in conjunction with Canvas Quizzes, you may refer to Is Atomic Assessments for me?

To start using Atomic Assessments:

  1. Activate Atomic Assessments in Canvas as outlined in Enabling Atomic Assessments in Canvas.
  2. Start creating assignments as outlined in Creating Assignments in Canvas.


Atomic Assessments is available at no cost.

Key information

  • More than 50 question types, including drag and drop, interactive charts and graphs, mathematical text for question stems and answers, and audio student responses
  • Seamless integration with the Canvas interface
  • Ability to add variables into questions, which increases the number of quiz variations
  • Ability to create multi-part items that include multiple question types and that can be built on shared data
  • Robust tagging system that can be used to organize, randomly generate assessments and do outcome-based reporting
  • Advanced settings to customize activities at the question and assignment levels
  • Detailed reports on student performance at the question and assignment levels


The DoIT Help Desk provides instructors, staff and students with free tech support and troubleshooting help by phone at (608) 264-4357, email and chat. In-person support is also available at the DoIT Help Desk in the Computer Sciences building. Visit for hours and more information.

Instructors and instructional staff can also request a consultation through the DoIT Help Desk. A DoIT AT consultant will help you select and use learning technology to improve student success. In addition, the Learn@UW KnowledgeBase offers helpful documents for instructors, course owners and students.

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