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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 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 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

Help from Piazza is available at and 

Guides and Resources

Visit the Piazza demo class

Getting Started: 

Privacy Policy:  


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:

Mobile Apps

Piazza has mobile apps for iPhone and Android:

Keywords:piazza discussion chat DM messaging   Doc ID:123351
Owner:Dave M.Group:University of Illinois Engineering IT
Created:2023-01-09 16:25 CDTUpdated:2023-01-13 10:27 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Engineering IT
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