Techniques for Using Piazza to Increase Student Engagement (CTE6794)Export this event to calendar

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Facilitator: Rick Siger (via Zoom) and Paul Kates (Centre for Teaching Excellence)
Location: MC 2036


With the development of technology, students are inclined more and more to use available online forums to help them with their courses. An example is Facebook group created by each cohort where they tend to ask and answer questions related to their courses. Concerns students have is that those questions and answers in most cases are not monitored and they are not sure if they are correct or not. “Piazza” is an online discussion forum that the instructor can set up for the class to allow students to learn from each other in a monitored environment. It also allows students to post questions anonymously to each other which is seen as a huge advantage by most of the students.

This workshop will help you setup a “Piazza” discussion forum for your class. It will also discuss techniques that will help you and the students use this forum in a most efficient way.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • design your course on “Piazza”
  • apply techniques that will help increase student engagement online
  • increase student engagement in the classroom


Registration is required. CTE has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you've created an account, you can register for this workshop.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


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MC - Mathematics & Computer Building
Room 2036
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1