Before introducing your class to Piazza, determine the following:
What will the culture be in your class?
- Will you allow anonymity?
- Even the shyest students speak up and ask questions when you
- If enabled, students can post anonymously to both classmates and
- If you prefer more transparency in the class, disable anonymous
posting so that students can only post anonymously to classmates, but
not to instructors.
- What incentives, if any, will you give for participation?
- On the first day of class, encourage students to ask all of their
questions on Piazza (and not via email) - so that other students can
benefit from the responses.
- Let students know you will be endorsing good questions and answers
- this will help keep them on track
- Some instructors even use the
Class Statistics page to award
participation points and to identify potential future TAs.
What are your expectations for your support (e.g., TAs,
- Sit with your TAs and review how to use Piazza
- Determine response norms, who should respond and when to distribute
- Set goals and expectations with TAs before the start of the
- To maintain a low average response time, establish a routine at
the start of the class, such as assigning particular days to TAs to
respond to questions.
- Determine when student
endorsements are given and whether or not
TAs should be endorsing student questions and answers, in addition to
What customized folders will you create to reflect your class
structure (e.g., by lecture, hw, exam)?
- Set up
custom folders to organize posts and make it easier for you
and your students to find posts and follow the flow of the class.