Allow Students to Change ONLY Display Name

Idea created by Gabrielle E. Orsi on Oct 12, 2015
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    Resurrect this feature request, I want to vote in favor of it!

    On Profile Allow Students to Change Display Name Only

    "It would be great if users had the ability to edit their display names but not their "full names" or "sortable names" in Canvas. We have a lot of cases where a student may go by a nickname or other name but their legal name is something else. This would allow the user the freedom to change their name but would not create confusion for the instructor (in the Gradebook for example). Currently you can either allow users to change all their names (full, display and sortable) which would could be problematic if it is changed to something that isn't easily tied to what's on the course roster."



      Comments from Instructure


    March 2016 update from Allison Weiss

    Thanks, everyone for your good thoughts around this. I'd like to consider this idea when we do some research around permissions this summer since, as you've noted, different institutions will likely want to approach this problem in different ways, which alludes to a permission enhancement of some kind. The other side to this problem is ensuring that we are clear where the student short name should appear (and for which users) throughout the platform. That increases the scope of this project quite a bit. This isn't something we'll be focusing on in the next six months (time to archive), but it is an idea I'd love to see come back for consideration in the fall. If any of you would like to participate in the permissions discussion this summer, please email