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How do I import my Atomic Assessments content between courses?

Follow the guides below for the importing method you need. These are the most common importing strategies we see in Canvas. If you are unsure what method you should use or run into an issue while importing, please file a support ticket. 


For more information on the course copy settings in Atomic Assessments, please see here.


Please note that with all importing methods: 
Your content will take several minutes to import (sometimes longer, depending on the size of your course). When the Canvas import is done, your Atomic Assessments content may still be importing in the background. You can check on the progress of your Atomic Assessments import by going into the new course. If an import is still taking place, you will see a message at the top of the screen saying "A background import is currently in progress." Assignments and Pages that use Atomic Assessments might show an error until the import is done.


I want to copy all content from a course, including all Atomic Assessments content

Choose this method if you want to create a duplicate of another course. This is a commonly used method when you are teaching the same course multiple times a year or you are teaching different sections of the same course. There are two ways to do this: 

Canvas Import Course Content with an empty course shell

  1. Before you import your content into your new course: Make sure Atomic Assessments is installed in your new course and that "Atomic Assessments" appears as a selectable item in the lefthand course navigation list.
  2. Go to Atomic Assessments in your new course, click the Settings gear in the upper right, select Settings and confirm that “Import all Atomic Assessments content on next Canvas Import” is checked.
  3. In your new course, go to the course Settings in the lefthand course navigation menu and select Import Course Content in the righthand menu.
  4. Select "Copy a Canvas course" from the Content Type drop-down menu and find the course from which you want to import content.
  5. Next to Content, select "All Content".

Canvas Course copy

  1. Go to the course that you want to copy.
  2. Go to the course Settings in the lefthand course navigation menu and select Copy this Course in the righthand menu.
  3. Enter the new course details.
  4. Next to Content, select "All Content".

I only want to import some of my content from one course to another

These methods will allow you to selectively copy your content from one course to another. When you run a selective import in Canvas you have the option to import all of your Atomic Assessments during the Selective import, some of it, or none at all. You can also use the Canvas "Copy To" feature to copy ungraded embedded assignments and Canvas assignments, but you will not be able to use this feature to import graded embedded assignments.


If you are importing a graded embedded activity make sure to copy both the page with the embedded activity AND the associated Canvas assignment. If you copy only the page then the embedded activity will show an error in the new course and you will need to fix the link so that scores will go to the gradebook.


To selectively import and copy only selected Atomic Assessments content into the new course

  1. Before you import your content into your new course: Make sure Atomic Assessments is installed in your new course and that "Atomic Assessments" appears as a selectable item in the lefthand course navigation list.
  2. Go to Atomic Assessments in your course, click the Settings gear in the upper right, select Settings, confirm that “Import all Atomic Assessments content on next Canvas Import” is NOT checked and select Save.
  3. In your new course, go to the course Settings in the lefthand course navigation menu and select Import Course Content in the righthand menu.
  4. Select "Copy a Canvas course" from the Content Type drop-down menu and find the course from which you want to import content.
  5. Next to Content, select "Select specific content."

In Atomic Assessments, you should only see the content you selected during the import in Atomic Assessments. If you selected a large amount of content you may see the message below while it finishes.


Selectively import and copy all of my Atomic Assessments content into the new course

  1. Before you import your content into your new course: Make sure Atomic Assessments is installed in your new course and that "Atomic Assessments" appears as a selectable item in the lefthand course navigation list.
  2. Go to Atomic Assessments in your course, click the Settings gear in the upper right, select Settings, confirm that “Import all Atomic Assessments content on next Canvas Import” is checked and select Save.
  3. In your new course, go to the course Settings in the lefthand course navigation menu and select Import Course Content in the righthand menu.
  4. Select "Copy a Canvas course" from the Content Type drop-down menu and find the course from which you want to import content.
  5. Next to Content, select "Select specific content."

You will see the "background import running" message in Atomic Assessments. All activities and items will be imported into the new course's Item Bank, in addition to what you selected during the import.

Selectively import other Canvas content and do not copy any Atomic Assessments content into the new course

  1. Before you import your content into your new course: Make sure Atomic Assessments is installed in your new course and that "Atomic Assessments" appears as a selectable item in the lefthand course navigation list.
  2. Go to Atomic Assessments in your course, click the Settings gear in the upper right, select Settings, confirm that “Import all Atomic Assessments content on next Canvas Import” is NOT checked and select Save.
  3. In your new course, go to the course Settings in the lefthand course navigation menu and select Import Course Content in the righthand menu.
  4. Select "Copy a Canvas course" from the Content Type drop-down menu and find the course from which you want to import content.
  5. Next to Content, select "Select specific content."

In Atomic Assessments, you should not see the "background import running" message, and nothing should change in Atomic Assessments.


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