Canvas - Getting Started with Piazza in Canvas (UW-Madison)
At UW-Madison, the Piazza Q&A product is integrated with the Canvas learning management system. This integration allows direct sign on to Piazza via a link from within Canvas. This document describes how to access Piazza Q&A from Canvas.
Adding Piazza Q&A to a Course (Instructors Only)
Students: see Launching Piazza Q&A, below.
Before you launch Piazza for the first time, please make sure you review Piazza-Getting Started and know about the potential FERPA issues with Piazza.
To make the tool accessible you will have to add it to your Canvas course navigation bar. To do this:
Click on Settings
Select the Navigation tab. At the bottom of the page is a list of tools that are not in the navigation bar.
Locate Piazza and drag and drop it into the list of tools directly above.
Click Save to save your changes.
Launching Piazza Q&A (Students, instructors, and all other users)
To launch the tool, select the Piazza link in the Canvas course navigation bar.
A login box will appear. It will identify you as either a student or instructor in the class. Verify that the information is correct and continue as follows:
You are prompted to set and confirm a new password at this screen.
We recommend creating a password if you wish to use your account online at piazza.com or through the Android or iOS apps.
If you've already created a Piazza account previously, you will see Account with email you provided already exists.
Enter the password you used when setting up your Piazza account.
(NOTE: For FERPA reasons we encourage you to always join a Piazza class through the integration with Canvas rather than going through piazza.com)
Enter your estimated enrollment for the course, and click Create Class.
This will take you to another course creation screen.
If you already have created an account with Piazza, simply enter your password.
If not, it will walk you through creating an account.
Instructors will see Piazza Q&A launch.
Note: You do not need to upload your course roster.
Students will automatically get added to the Piazza roster as they click on the link in your Canvas course.
Also, there is the possibility that a UW student not in your course will sign up for your Piazza course.
You should periodically go through the roster in Piazza and remove students who are not in your class in order to protect your students FERPA rights.
Students will see a screen asking for academic information. Entering your academic information is not required. Continue as follows:
Enter your academic information or click the I'm not pursuing a degree checkbox.
A screen appears, asking you to register for the Piazza Network.
If you choose to join the Piazza Network, you will be asked to agree to terms of service.
If not, you will proceed directly to Piazza Q&A.
Note: Network is a different product offered by Piazza and it IS NOT REQUIRED that you sign up for it.
In fact, researching the Network product is highly recommended prior to signing up, as it allows your profile to be viewed by outside organizations.
If you are experiencing any difficulties or issues with Piazza Q&A, please contact Piazza support 24/7 at firstname.lastname@example.org.