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Piazza is an third party discussion tool available at UC San Diego as a Canvas integration, that can be enabled by the instructor at any time. With Piazza, instructors can post questions or discussion topics to facilitate engaging conversations with students, create announcements, host live Q&A sessions, and enable group based discussions. 

Enabling Piazza in Canvas


To enable Piazza in your Canvas course simply navigate to your course home page and click on the Piazza link in your left-hand navigation column. You will then be prompted to configure your Piazza course. After choosing your roster sync settings, you’ll set a course name and term. After that you’ll be able to configure the rest of your course settings. Detailed information about configuring your course can be found here:

Note, if you’re configuring Piazza directly from within Canvas, you can skip step 2, since your roster will be automatically pulled in from Canvas. For instructors setting up Piazza outside of Canvas, you’ll need to add your students via an invitation link.

(Note, if Piazza is already enabled in your course, you'll see it listed in the left-hand column of your course in blue text)

  1. Navigate to your course in Canvas, then go to "Settings" 
  2. On the Settings page, click on the "Navigate" tab at the top of the page. 
  3. Scroll down to the lower group of tools and locate Piazza. Click on the 3 dots to the right of Piazza and click "Enable". Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and make sure to click "Save". 
  4. Return to your course home page and you should now see Piazza listed as an available tool/link. 

For access to additional help articles to get you started, please visit While EdTech Support may be able to help you with some of your basic set up questions, Piazza is primarily a vendor supported tool. For further assistance and support, please email Piazza directly.