Rename Canvas Parent App

Idea created by Kristin Lundstrum Champion on Dec 6, 2019
    Open for Voting
    • Beth Crook
    • Bobby Pedersen
    • Rob Ditto
    • Kayla Bryson-Tucker
    • Rick Murch-Shafer
    • Kristin Lundstrum


    Keep all the awesome of the Canvas Parent app while renaming it to Canvas Observer.



    This topic has surfaced on different occasions since Canvas Parent was first released three years ago.


    There are a few reasons why the name change should be considered:

    1. The other Canvas mobile apps align with their user role titles. (ie: Student and Canvas Student, Teacher and Canvas Teacher). Canvas Observer is the role that the Guides: Canvas use as well. Consistency would help Canvas admin, school support, and families.
    2. The term "parent" isn't as inclusive and flexible as it initially feels. Families are unique, and sometimes the term parent isn't quite the right descriptor for those awesome adults in a student's life. Students can have grandparents, step-parents, guardians, family friends, etc in that academic "coaching" role. 
    3. The app is also used by people other than families. Academic advisors, guidance counselors, athletic coaches, special education teachers utilize their Observer role through the app experience. The interface makes it easy to monitor multiple students. 


    Canvas Mobile Users, K-12, or any mobile enthusiasts or users who utilize the Observer Role, it would be fantastic if you could contribute feedback and/or a use case so this idea can be developed further!