Piazza, Course Communication Tool

Piazza is a FERPA compliant discussion board and Q&A communication tool for courses. It is an alternative to Campuswire or discussion boards in Canvas.

For Spring 2024, Grainger Engineering has sanctioned the free version of Piazza through campus purchasing and risk assessment. Piazza is available to courses who wish to use it.

Work is underway to integrate Piazza within Canvas.

Courses (or departments) can buy a license for Piazza to enable premium features suchpollsstatistics, and class locking capabilities, which are not in the free tier. See their Paid model for Piazza Q&A article for more information.

Getting Started as an Instructor

Instructors can navigate to https://piazza.com/instructors/illinois to start setting up their course.

Enrolling Students

Roster sync or Single Sign On capabilities are not currently available. Instructors must "invite" students, TAs, and other Instructors using their university email addresses.

This will change after integration with Canvas is available.


Tech support can be sent to Engineering IT's eLearning group via engrit-help@illinois.edu

Help from Piazza is available at https://piazza.com/toolkit and https://support.piazza.com/support/home 

Guides and Resources

Visit the Piazza demo class

Getting Started: https://support.piazza.com/support/solutions/folders/48000404466 

Privacy Policy: https://piazza.com/legal/privacy  


An accessibility review with Technology Services is scheduled for Spring 2023. More advice may be posted here as we uncover any access disparities or workarounds.
Accessibility information from Piazza: https://piazza.com/product/accessibility

Mobile Apps

Piazza has mobile apps for iPhone and Android: https://piazza.com/product/mobile

Keywordspiazza discussion chat DM messaging   Doc ID123351
OwnerAnya K.GroupEngineering IT
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Created2023-01-09 16:25:12Updated2024-03-25 09:39:31
SitesUniversity of Illinois Engineering IT
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