Question Types in Atomic Assessments

Atomic Assessments allows instructors to create quiz questions far beyond the scope of Canvas Quiz tools. This tutorial will go over the different types of quiz questions available in Atomic Assessments and their capability. 

Access questions using the Authoring menu or when creating an activity or assignment (including quizzes and exams).

Some users have had problems with the Canvas mobile app not allowing for screen orientation rotation (from verticle to horizontal) which can be a problem if there are horizontal images or layouts. To fix this issue, they can change their settings to have external links open in a browser or launch Canvas from a browser OR avoid using a mobile device for the Atomic Assessment content.


Accessible Question Types

Multiple Choice

Traditional multiple choice, true/false, multiple response, and various grid matrices

Question Types multiple choice

Fill in the Blank (Cloze)

Drag and drop, drop-down menu, and blank text box (These features can be incorporated into a passage of text or on top of an image.)

Note: Cloze questions refers to questions that have words or components deleted from within the text – allowing students to test comprehension by completing the phrase.

Fill in the blank

Classify, Match & Order

Sort or match subjects into different categories, order them into a list, or sort them into a target location

Classify, match, order

Written and Recorded

Essay question, short response, or audio response

Written and recorded

Highlight and Drawing

Circle a specific portion, shade in a grid, highlight words in a sentence, or select a section on an image

Highlight drawing

Math

Cloze options, fractions, formula, and matrices (Students can input complex math equations to answer questions by using the keyboard provided.)

Math options

Graphing

Plotting, drawing lines, and number lines

Graphing options

Chart

Dot and line plots, and several different types of charts (Students can fill in charts to record data or respond to questions.)

Chart options

Chemistry

Special keyboard for students to answer questions using specific notation (Images can also be uploaded, with options for students to label different sections of a molecule.)

Chemistry options

Other

File uploads, survey rating options, and image annotation

Other various options


Inaccesible Question Types

There are a few question types that are not accessible for some students with disabilities. These include:

  • Bar chart
  • Line chart
  • Histogram
  • Dot plot
  • Line plot
  • Number line drag & drop
  • Number line with plot
  • Highlight image

We recommend avoiding these question types. If you do use any of these question types, you will need to work with the Disability Resource Center if a student requiring certain accommodations enrolls in your course.


Question Types Capability Compare Chart

The table below shows all of the different question types that you can utilize with Atomic Assessments, their functionality, as well as demonstrating the comparison between them and the capabilities of the Canvas Classic and New Quizzes.

Question Type Mobile Friendly Accessible Auto-Gradable Canvas Classic Quizzes Canvas New Quizzes
Multiple choice-multiple response check mark check mark check mark check mark check mark
Multiple choice-block layout check mark check mark check mark check mark  
True or false check mark check mark check mark check mark check mark
Choice matrix–standard check mark check mark check mark    
Choice matrix–inline check mark check mark check mark    
Choice matrix–labels check mark check mark check mark    
Cloze with drag & drop check mark X check mark   check mark
Cloze with drop down check mark   check mark   check mark
Cloze with text check mark   check mark   check mark
Label image with drag & drop * X   check mark  
Label image with drop-down *   check mark    
Label image with text * X      
Classification   X check mark   check mark
Match list     check mark check mark check mark
Order list     check mark   check mark
Sort list   X check mark   check mark
Essay with rich text   X   check mark check mark
Essay with plain text         check mark
Short text     check mark check mark check mark
Audio recorder       check mark  
Highlight image * X      
Drawing *        
Shading * X      
Token highlight     check mark    
Hotspot   X check mark    
Math formula   X check mark ± ±
Math with fractions     check mark ± ±
Math–fill in the blanks     check mark   ±
Math with text       ± ±
Math with matrices     check mark    
Math with units     check mark    
Math essay       ± ±
Cloze math          
Cloze math with image          
Graphing - X check mark    
Graphing in 1st quadrant   X check mark    
Number line with drag & drop * X check mark    
Number line with plot   X check mark    
Bar chart   X check mark    
Line chart   check mark check mark    
Histogram   X check mark    
Line plot     check mark    
Dot plot   X check mark    
Chemistry formula   X      
Cloze chemistry          
Chemistry essay       ± ±
Cloze chemistry with image          
File upload       check mark check mark
Image annotation upload       ± ±
Rating          
Gridded   X      
± Available through a workaround
* functionality of this feature depends upon how question is created