Piazza Accessibility & 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).

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Student accessibility & 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.