E-Learning Blog: Web 2.0 Tools – Piazza

— All About Piazza —

by Carlos Montoya, M.Ed

The theme for this week is Web 2.0 tools. Tell us what you want to build in your online course and we will find the tools to accomplish it. Whether your course is 100% online, blended or face-to-face, it could benefit from some of the Web 2.0 tools that we will be showcasing on this blog.

The web 2.0 tool for this week is called Piazza.

What’s Piazza? Why might I want to use it?

Piazza implements:

  • Collaboration
  • Interaction
  • Quick feedback

This tool will help faculty achieve quick feedback and interaction in their courses. It involves the 3 main criteria of learning interaction: Student-to-Student, Student-to-Teacher, and Student-to-Content. Piazza is a Q&A forum where anyone can ask and answer questions. With students teaching students, conversations on Piazza can continue long after instructor office hours are over.

Piazza gives students anonymity options to encourage everyone, even shy students, to ask and answer questions.  With wiki-style Q&A, a student doesn’t need to read long threads in a forum to find what they’re looking for when they have a question. They can read just the single, high-quality question and answer.

And one of the best things about Piazza is that it can be easily integrated into Canvas:

Piazza Integrated in Canvas

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Finding Your Way Around Piazza

The Piazza interface offers a robust set of tools:

The Piazza Interface

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To begin familiarizing yourself with Piazza, you can view this sample Piazza class and check out this video on basic features:

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Please let us know if you need assistance in integrating Piazza into your Canvas course. 

Good-bye for now,