Esmerelda Bob

Derogatory implications of the use of the word "Mute"

Discussion created by Esmerelda Bob on Nov 2, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 20, 2017 by Deborah Bogard

One of the instructors at our institution pointed out something to us that they are thinking Canvas should be made aware of. This has to do with the use of the term "Mute" in SpeedGrader and Gradebook. In many cultures, this "Mute" term is considered highly offensive and discriminatory. The term "Mute" carries with it derogatory implications. But, in an even more significant sense, the term "Mute" implies lack of voice and lack of agency. These are all ideas that our instructor feels do not belong in an educational context. The instructor realizes that Canvas may not change their use of this "Mute" word, but they do feel that, if no one says anything about it, Canvas may stay unaware of the discriminatory gravity of their term.