Piazza Accessibility and Usability Information

This document summarizes the accessibility and usability barriers identified during testing as well as how to get help.

Piazza is a student-driven question and answer service that some instructors use for their courses. Students can collaboratively work on answers by adding, modifying or deleting content. Instructors can view students’ questions and answers, post their own questions and answers, and endorse the best responses. The University of Wisconsin-Madison selected Piazza as an addition to the Learn@UW suite of teaching and learning technologies to complement existing tools in the Canvas learning management system (LMS).

Get help

  • Please contact the DoIT Help Desk for technical assistance or questions. Instructors and instructional staff can also request a consultation with a DoIT AT consultant to discuss using this tool through the DoIT Help Desk.

  • Visit the Piazza Support page for resources on using Piazza

  • Contact the Piazza HQ Team for answers to questions regarding accessibility features, functionalities, and assistive technology in Piazza.

Student accessibility and usability barriers

The following information is provided to help people with disabilities know what potential barriers may exist within Piazza. 

Some keyboard navigation barriers may be difficult for people with vision or motor disabilities

Within Piazza, there is no skip to the main content button to help users using keyboard navigation. When using the keyboard, users are blocked from using the entire left half of the page.  These barriers create problems for users using keyboard navigation.

Magnification and interface barriers may be difficult for people with low vision

When the page is magnified, the right side of the page completely cuts off and horizontal scrolling is not usable, so half of the page is inaccessible. 

Color contrast barriers may be difficult for people with color blindness

Many buttons and tabs around the website do not meet color contrast standards. 

Keywords:Student, question, answer, course, collaborate, response, accessibility, usability, screen reader, keyboard shortcuts   Doc ID:115027
Owner:Leah B.Group:Campus IT Accessibility & Usability
Created:2021-11-30 13:22 CSTUpdated:2022-09-09 15:04 CST
Sites:Campus IT Accessibility & Usability, DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW-Madison
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