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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 2023, 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 with Canvas, potentially in late Spring 2023.
Courses (or departments) can buy a license for Piazza to enable premium features such: polls, statistics, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Piazza has mobile apps for iPhone and Android: https://piazza.com/product/mobile