Piazza is powerful enough to manage course communication and light weight, very fast, and convenient to use. Interaction and navigation are quick, and refreshingly free of unnecessary layers of bureaucracy. Our ""official product"" is Blackboard (unnecessary layers of bureaucracy), and one thing I like about Piazza is that the dev team seems interested in finding out how to make the product useful to the instructor, rather than finding out how to make the instructor fit into the product. :/
I love using Piazza for answering student questions; the user interface is unbelievably nicer than anything else I've seen. It is easy to enter text and easy to see what questions need answering; It is just easy to use.
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.
Instructors can create a Piazza for their class with a single click.
Students and instructors are automatically enrolled with appropriate roles, based on the course roster.
When clicking on Piazza in Blackboard, users are automatically signed in to Piazza, so there's no need to remember a separate user name and password.