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Compare Canvas Discussions and Piazza

Student Discussion Options in Canvas

The two main options for student discussions in Canvas are Discussions and Piazza. Discussions is native to Canvas. You can add Piazza within Canvas by adjusting the navigation settings. Let’s look at the features of each.


First, why use online discussion in your class? 

  • You may want to offer a place for students to ask and answer questions about the course, specific assignments, or specific topics.

  • You may want to incorporate graded discussions into your class. This could be as simple as awarding points for participating in a discussion or as nuanced as grading student responses for accuracy or complexity.

  • You may want to encourage students to extend their learning by posting resources for each other.

  • You could invite a guest expert to moderate a discussion.

  • Online discussion can help students who need additional time to reflect and elaborate on their thinking.  It helps students who may be hesitant to speak up in class.  

  • Thoughtfully-designed online discussion promotes student engagement.


  Discussions Piazza
What is it?

How does it work?

 
  • Threaded discussion with multiple replies

  • Instructors can allow students to create discussion topics

  • Instructors can require that students post their answer before seeing other students’ answers

  • Instructors can assign students to peer review other students’ responses

  • Discussions can be group activities, assigned to specific students

  • Can be graded with rubrics in Canvas

  • Instructors can link to specific discussion threads within pages or modules

  • Instructors can pin discussions

  • Instructors can filter by unread, search by title, body, or author

  • Instructors can allow students to attach files to a discussion 

  • Users can subscribe to discussions to be notified of new posts via e-mail


  • Questions with single wiki-style answers that all course participants can contribute to

  • Instructors can endorse an answer as “approved”

  • Instructors can allow students to post anonymously to all or to classmates

  • Available statistics include total posts, total contributors, average response time, post views, and individual student contributions

  • Instructors can pin posts

  • Users can tag discussions for easy filtering

  • Users can sort posts by unread, resolved, updated, following, archived, or instructor post

  • Users can post questions, notes, or polls

  • Instructors can address posts to whole class or individuals

  • Users can follow posts to be notified of new updates via e-mail.

 What are its limitations?Students cannot post anonymously.
Does not pass information to Canvas grade book.
Instructors cannot link directly from Canvas modules to a specific discussion post.
 How do I get started? Click Discussions in the course navigation menu. Add Piazza under the course navigation tab in Settings.  (directions)
 Where can I find more information about it? Canvas Instructor Training Course UW Knowledge Base

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Keywords:Piazza, engagement, differentiation, pizza, question, answer, forum, Q&A ceete   Doc ID:71600
Owner:Erica H.Group:CEETE Resources
Created:2017-03-09 16:54 CDTUpdated:2020-06-19 14:59 CDT
Sites:CEETE Resources
CleanURL:https://kb.wisc.edu/ceete/ceete-canvas-discussion-options
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