What is Piazza?

Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore, under the guidance of their instructors. Students, as well as instructors, can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion.

While not affiliated or supported by Blackboard or Mason, instructors are finding Piazza an interesting alternative to the native discussion board in Blackboard. Piazza classes can now be integrated into Blackboard course sites.

The major features of the integration are all about convenience:

  • Instructors can create a Piazza for their class with a single click.
  • Students and instructors are automatically enrolled with appropriate roles, based on the Blackboard course roster.
  • When clicking the Piazza link in Blackboard, users are automatically signed in to Piazza, so there's no need to remember a separate user name and password

Please see the instructions for How to Add Piazza to Blackboard.