Piazza - Overview and Access

Piazza is a student-driven Q&A service that instructors can help guide and respond to as they see fit.

What is Piazza?

Piazza is an interactive, student-driven online service for managing questions and answers in both online and face-to-face classes.  These spaces can be independent from instructors.  Piazza gives students a class space to ask and help answer course-related questions in a timely manner outside of class. 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.

There is no cost for using Piazza. Piazza is a service hosted by the vendor. UW-Madison and Piazza have reached an agreement that provides protection for student and faculty data and intellectual property. For more information, contact policy@cio.wisc.edu.

How do I access Piazza?

Instructors and students can access Piazza in three ways:
  • Via piazza.com
  • Via a Desire2Learn (Learn@UW) course site
  • Via a Moodle course site
  • Via a Canvas course site

To access Piazza through a Desire2Learn (Learn@UW) course site click on the Piazza link in the "Communications" drop-down menu in your D2L course's navbar (see screenshot below).  Piazza will automatically recognize the course you are accessing it through and take you to the appropriate page.  If you are accessing Piazza through Piazza.com, Piazza will recognize your account by your e-mail address (wisc.edu) and allow you to search for your class(es) through the main log-in page.  Note: You can only access Piazza through Moodle and/or Canvas if your instructor activates the Piazza link.  To learn more about accessing Piazza through Moodle see Accessing Piazza as a student (Moodle) or Using Piazza as an Instructor (Moodle).  For Canvas visit Piazza in Canvas.


Learn More

Read more about Piazza's features, learn how to get started, see how to configure your Piazza class and more at https://piazza.com/help.html.

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Keywords:Piazza, discussion, Q&A, Learn@UW, Desire2Learn   Doc ID:30502
Owner:James M.Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2013-06-04 14:36 CDTUpdated:2016-05-31 10:22 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Learn@UW Madison, Moodle, School of Education
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