[User Settings] Allow User to Add Their Name Pronunciation to Profile (phonetically + audio file)

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas LMS

I am a high school teacher, and it would be wonderful if all users had a “speaker” icon that they could use to record their name pronunciation in their own voice. This feature could be part of the User Profile dashboard. Canvas could also provide a field for users to phonetically spell their names. I thought these features would be helpful to staff, allowing them to learn how to pronounce students' names and provide an inclusive environment from the very first day of school.

Community Novice

This would help so many students feel less anxious about roll call during the early days of class.

Community Novice

Great idea! 

Community Contributor

Love this idea! A great way to make any student feel welcome and appreciated is by pronouncing their name correctly!

Community Novice

Great idea! Wish I’d thought of it!

Community Novice

Phenomenal idea that would help make bridges of connection, respect and inclusivity in classrooms. This, in turn, could translate into feelings of belonging, mattering and a greater sense of community for students, teachers and staff . . . all positively impacting students' ability to learn and engage.

Community Contributor

Yes, please. I teach ESL at a community college. In any given class, I will have students from ten to twelve different countries. It can be a challenge for me and the students to learn how to properly pronounce everyone's names.

Community Explorer

We would love to have this as a native feature in Canvas! Such a nice way to help build classroom community.

Community Member

Sounds like a great idea!

Community Member

I agree, this would be such a great way to make everyone feel seen and respected. 

Community Novice

Excellent idea!