Piazza Crowd-Sourced Discussion Tool

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What is Piazza?

Piazza is an ELMS-Canvas integration that facilitates interaction among students and instructors in an efficient and intuitive manner. This tool is effective in cases where collaborative problem-solving is encouraged by the instructor. Math and Science instructors find Piazza especially useful due to its rich coding abilities: however, Liberal Arts courses also benefit from its fluid structure.




Add Piazza to your ELMS-Canvas course

Piazza is available as an integration in ELMS-Canvas. Piazza is a great alternative to students' sending questions to instructor email. It is recommended to integrate Piazza in ELMS-Canvas for easy student enrollment. 

  1. Click on the Settings link on the course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the Navigation tab at the top of the Settings page.
  3. Drag the Piazza link over the Drag items… text to activate it on the Course Navigation.
  4. Click the Save button at the bottom of this page.

    illustrate movement of Piazza link via the Navigation management tab 


Activate a Piazza assignment in your course

Once the Piazza link is added to the navigation bar, the Piazza assignment can be added to your course.

  1. Click on the Piazza link on the navigation bar.
  2. The setup page is visible. Your course information is displayed as illustrated in the image below.
  3. Type in the estimated enrollment.
  4. Click on the Create New Piazza Class link.
  5. When students first click the Piazza link, a confirmation code is sent to their email which will enable them to access the Piazza discussion for the duration of the course.

     Piazza course information form