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Piazza is a free online forum like tool that can be integrated in your Isaak/Sakai course sites to manage student Q&A

More information can be found on Piazza's web site.


[edit] Piazza Features:

  • Real-Time Q&A
    • No need to refresh the browser, everything happens right before your eyes. Designed to model face-to-face interactions
  • Post Questions
    • Spark discussions or let students take the lead
  • Post Polls
    • Get quick results, answers, and/or feedback
  • Intuitive Answer Format
    • Collaboration is proven to enhance learning – inspiring Piazza’s wiki-style, single answer sections for instructors and students
  • Follow-up Discussions
    • There’s always room to be confused – foster new discussions and debates easily organized around class topics
  • Participation Statistics
    • Sortable and exportable – everything you’d ever want to know about your class and students
  • Multimedia Embedding
    • Add images, files, videos, and more right into your discussion
  • Endorsements
    • Don’t waste time replicating quality content – endorse student questions and answers
  • Mobile Apps
    • for iPhone, iPad, and Android – free and replicas of the web version

A full listing of all features can be found at

[edit] Professor Testimonials

Bob Neer History, Columbia

Piazza is the state of the art for online classroom discussions. My students and I experimented with numerous leading systems over several weeks. Piazza won hands-down. In fact, my students preferred it so much we ended the comparative experiment early, on humanitarian grounds.

Surjit Chandhoke Biology, Yale

Thank you for Piazza! It has been an excellent resource for our new introductory biology courses here at Yale. Piazza is a great forum for those students who are too shy to ask questions in class and who post anonymously - and then this benefits all the students who read the answers. Plus, I have had students say that they love how quickly their questions get answered, instead of waiting for office hours or the next lecture.

Varun Sampath Computer Science, Penn

I've been very happy with Piazza so far. We use it for a computer architecture course with 150 students. Last year we used Google Groups, and it was terribly difficult to search for messages, weed out duplicates, and identify good answers. Piazza has done very well on all of these fronts

[edit] Piazza Support

Piazza maintains extensive well categorized help documentation at

[edit] Adding Piazza to Isaak/Sakai

Click the image above to view large image of the Edit Tools interface
Click the image above to view large image of the Edit Tools interface

Using the Site Info tool, you can add, edit, or remove the tools on the menubar. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. In your site, from the menubar on the left, click Site Info.
  2. Click Manage Tools from the grey menu across the top.
  3. Below the list of existing Sakai tools, there is a link labelled External Tools
  4. From the dropdown menu, select External - Piazza.
  5. Click Continue at the bottom of the page.
  6. Confirm the selection and title and click Continue at the bottom of the page. Note that customization of the title is an optional step.
  7. On the confirmation screen, you will see a list of your site's tools and any changes you've made. If the list is accurate, click Finish.

[edit] Using Piazza in Isaak/Sakai

Once enabled you can access the Piazza Connector from your Isaak/Sakai site from the left hand tool list.

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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