How do I create a nickname for a course as a student?

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If one of your courses includes a long or confusing name, you can create a nickname for your course to help you organize your Dashboard. Most courses are created using Student Information Systems (SIS) that generate course names based on terms, departments, and section numbers, and courses with similar names may be hard to distinguish.

Course nicknames appear in the Dashboard, Course Navigation Menu, course breadcrumbs, and notification emails.

A course nickname does not affect the course name at the account or course level; it only changes the name of the course for the individual user who created the nickname.

If you need to know the original name of the course, you can hover over the nickname and the original name will appear. You can also restore the original name completely by deleting the nickname. Additionally, the course code is not affected and always displays on the course card for course reference.

Note: This feature does not currently apply to the global Grades page and Dashboard sidebar elements such as the To Do list.

Open Settings

  Open Settings 

In your course card, click the card Settings icon.

Create Nickname

Create Nickname

In the Nickname text field, enter the nickname for your course.

Apply Nickname

Apply Nickname

Click the Apply button.

View Nickname

View Nickname

View the new nickname for your course.

Remove Nickname

Remove Nickname

To remove a nickname, open the card settings and remove the nickname [1]. The Nickname field displays the original name of the course. Click the Apply button [2].

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