What’s in a Name? Plenty! NameCoach and Inclusive Conversation

NameCoach helps classmates, faculty, and people in the MiraCosta community to learn to address each other the way each person would like to be addressed. Students and instructors can voice record their name pronunciation and specify their preferred pronouns in Canvas. That information will be available to instructors, students, and anyone who has access to Canvas courses, to enable inclusive and respectful conversation. 

NameCoach Pronunciation Tool from NU Digital Learning on Vimeo.

Recording Your Name and Pronouns in NameCoach within Canvas

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
Name Coach Recording in Canvas Step 1 and 2.

3. Click NameCoach Recorder

4. Click ‘Record Name‘ or ‘Edit this recording‘ and follow the directions. Both buttons will default to the recording directions for first time users. You can record your name online, or you can do it via phone. You will also be able to specify your preferred pronouns.

Reviewing and Editing Your NameCoach Information

Once you record your name and pronouns, you can always review and/or update this.

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
  3. Click NameCoach Recorder
  4. To listen to the recording, click the Arrow Button.
Step 4 Name Coach Reviewing Your Recording

5. To re-record your name, and/or to review your pronouns, click the Edit this recording button. Follow the onscreen directions to re-record your name and/or update pronouns.

Step 5 Name Coach Rerecord Your Name.

View a NameCoach Roster and Listen to Student Name Recordings

  1. Enter your Canvas course, click NameCoach on left course menu.
  2. Click on the Arrow button to the right of a student’s name to listen to the student’s name recording.

If you don’t see NameCoach in the course menu, ask the instructor to turn it on!

Faculty: Ensure the NameCoach Roster is Visible in Your Classes

By default, NameCoach should be enabled on every Canvas course menu (see just above). If it is light gray, then it has been disabled and students won’t be able to access it. To enable it, click Settings at the bottom of the course menu, then click the Navigation tab at top center. Move NameCoach from the bottom set of items to the top to enable it. For more detail on this process, see the Canvas guide on course navigation menu changes.

Submit Handwritten Work to Canvas using Camscanner App and a Phone

CamScanner allows students to use their phone to scan multiple pages of handwritten homework to a PDF to submit to an online course. The app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. The basic version is free and should be sufficient for students to scan multiple pages to one file that can be submitted to a Canvas assignment.

Camscanner App Tutorials for Canvas

Android

iPhone (iOS)

Try These 10 Things To Fix Your Computer Problem Before You Call Support

Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most common problems yourself.

  1. Check your Course Management System (CMS) Status
    Is it a maintenance time? Or is  Canvas currently experiencing an outage?

    1. Canvas Status Updates
    2. Stay Up To Date with Changes Happening within Canvas
  2. Clear Browser Cache (history, cookies, etc.)
    Clearing your browser cache often will resolve the problem by allowing your computer to download the latest version of the webpage and/or software.

    1. How do I clear my browser cache on a PC?
    2. How do I clear my browser cache on a MAC?
  3. Try a Different Browser
    If you have cleared your browser cache and things are still not working as you expect try a different browser. Example: if you are using Chrome, try Firefox and visa versa. Ensure that your browsers are up to date. You can always download the latest version free online.

    1. Chrome
    2. Firefox
    3. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  4. Restart your Computer
    Many faculty and staff solve their problems with this simple step. Always a good option to try.
  5. Check your Internet Connection Speed
    A slow connection could be why your CMS system is running slow.  Share your result with your internet service provider as necessary to resolve.
  6. Enable Browser Cookies
    Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the online server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
  7. Enable Java
    It strongly recommended to have the latest version to ensure proper functionality of our online systems.

    1. Review ‘What is Java and Why do I need it?
    2. Download Java
  8. Manage Pop-Up Blockers
    Pop-up windows, or pop-ups, are windows that appear automatically without your permission. They vary in size but usually don’t cover the whole screen. They are often required for certain online website applications to work properly.
  9. Make sure that your Operating System is fully updated. 
    Neglecting updates could deprive you of important bug and performance fixes.

    1. Apple Computer
    2. PC Computer 
  10. Check your Device Settings
    This is a great tool to identify what is on your computer, browser version, plugins, etc. This tool can help you update your computer yourself, and/or can be provided to tech support to assist you further with troubleshooting.

    1. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?

Filtering Canvas Grades to Only Show SURF Enrolled Students

By default the Grades tool will display all users in the roles Student, Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader in your Canvas course. This can make grading difficult as the additional roles will mix in alphabetically with your SURF Enrolled students.

For ease of grading, you can filter your grade book to only display SURF enrolled students.

From within Canvas:

  1. Click on Grades

    Step 1 Grades Filter

  2. Select the View drop down
  3. Select Filters
  4. Select Sections

    Step 2, 3, and 4 of Gradebook Sections

  5. Select the All Sections drop down
  6. Select the section number that ends in -SURF

    Step 5 and 6 Gradebook Sections

To display only users in the roles Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader

  1. Select the section number that end in -OTHER to view only non-SURF enrollment types.

Other Section in Gradebook

To display all users together in Grades

  1. Select All Sections to view all enrollment types in the Grades sheet.

All Sections in Gradebook

Stay Up To Date with Changes Happening within Canvas

Visit the new Upcoming Canvas Changes page within the Canvas Community. This page is updated by Instructure and is the central location for communicating all Canvas’s significant upcoming changes. Canvas recommends you click the Follow button at the top of the document so you will receive all updates as they are made available. You may also want to review the upcoming Canvas Release Notes to find out what is coming soon and when. Check the Canvas System Status Updates for real time updates about existing features within Canvas.

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