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User's Display Name Should Display Everywhere in Canvas

User's Display Name Should Display Everywhere in Canvas

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Currently, when a user changes their display name in Canvas, their display name will only show up in discussions, announcements and conversations/Inbox.  Their full name still displays in gradebook, course roster, and in student groups.

When a user changes their display name, that name should display everywhere in Canvas.  In the gradebook, the instructor should have the option of using either the display name or the full name when they open it.  The student should see their display name and other students should see their display name, as well.



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To clarify, for equity and allowing chosen names to be made available for the class, there should be a way the registered name and the student's chosen/display name are both shown for the instructor for communication and grade book. Only the student's chosen name should be visible for other roles in the course.

Good idea @jerry_troupe Jerry!


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If nothing else, the name/display name should be consistent across all the Canvas subsystems. The fact that it's not is a particular challenge for our international students (who often use a nickname or English name) and an outing risk for our trans students. 

Community Member

It would be very nice if fellow students only saw the display name but the teacher would definitely need to be able to connect the display name with the name that came from the SIS.

Community Member

In addition to the good points above, I would suggest adding the admin ability to search for users by their display name as well as by their full name.

Community Participant

I agree with the initial ask, great idea and would help so many headaches!

Community Member

Yes!  at least make the display name available in Grades, course roster, and People.

If only for the instructor, that's fine, but might want it an option for all class members.

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