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How to Connect your Course to Piazza

What is Piazza?

Piazza is a free, online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion.

Piazza might be an interesting alternative to the native discussion board in Blackboard and access to Piazza is now integrated in Blackboard. 

  • 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 the Piazza link in Blackboard, users are automatically signed in to Piazza, so there is no need to remember a separate user name and password.**

More information about Piazza can be found at

Note: Piazza is not affiliated with the University, not a component of Blackboard, nor is it supported by the Blackboard team.

For support with Piazza:
Contact Piazza:

Feature List:
Instructor Resources:

**Note re: 2016 Blackboard upgrade to 9.1 Q4 2015 version: If you used Piazza on my.rochester, the tool may ask you to log in the first time you access it on learn.rochester. You may see the following screen:

log in to Piazza

If you are unable to log in:

  1. Go to
  2. In the upper right, click Login
  3. Enter the email it displayed in Blackboard (as in the image above)
  4. Click Forgot Your Password

This will allow you to reset your Piazza password and continue with the tool in Blackboard.

Connecting your Blackboard Course to Piazza

First, turn on the Piazza tool in your course.

  • In the Control Panel, choose Customization
  • Choose Tool Availability
  • Scroll down and click the box in the Available column next to Piazza
    • If you want to make a link to Piazza inside a Content Area, also check the box for piazza under the Available to Content Area column (far right)
  • Choose Submit from the top or bottom of the list

make piazza available

Now create a link to Piazza in your course:

To create a Piazza page and integrate it with your Blackboard course site, simply go to the Course Tools area of your course menu, click Piazza, and follow the instructions from there. Students will be able to access the Piazza page from the Course Tools area as well.

Choose Piazza Tool