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Include Student Name in Observer Notifications

Include Student Name in Observer Notifications

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For observers of multiple students, it can be confusing to determine which notification belongs to which observed student. It would be helpful if notifications (email, text, or mobile) delivered to observers of multiple students had some sort of identity associated to them. This could be name, initials, or username.

Because not all observers follow multiple students, perhaps this could be an option for observers to select as they connect their Canvas account to their student(s)'s.

This functionality would take the guess-work out of actively following students and improve the Canvas experience for anyone who is an observer -- parent, coach, guidance, advisor, etc., especially from the web.

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2018-11-17).

6 Comments
klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

  @hmthrone  Thank You  for sharing this idea within the discussion on Too many kids. Smiley Happy

llortsher
Instructure
Instructure

Great workaround from an admin: When you log into Canvas as a parent and you see the tiles you can click in the upper-right hand corner and give the class a Nickname.  For example,  you could put John-Math and Jane-Math for example.  When I get the e-mail with a grade that has been input the e-mail says John-Math. 

jamieweinert
Community Member

Lauren has a great workaround for this, however this can take quite a bit of time if you have 4 or 5 children you are tracking.  The Student Name data is there, a simple programming change from Canvas would attach the Student name easily to the notification!  

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Have you seen Canvas Release Notes (2018-11-17)?!

Here's a direct link to the updates!

awilliams
Surveyor
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2018-11-17).

awilliams
Surveyor

 @klundstrum  Thank You for submitting this idea as well as  @jamieweinert  Thank You for your contributions.