Michael Scalero

Official ID Photos in Canvas

Discussion created by Michael Scalero on Feb 3, 2020
Latest reply on Feb 10, 2020 by hallmans



I was recently asked by our Provost to look into sync’ing up student/user ID photos from our ID database into our LMS (Canvas). This is primarily requested from faculty which teach in large sections and have a hard time putting the face to the name, which can impact attendance and engagement.


From a technical standpoint, it seems straight forward. My questions to the community would be:


  • In Canvas, how do you prevent students from re-uploading an avatar after the ID photos come over as their avatar?
  • From a policy perspective, how is this handled? Are there privacy issues around the students ID photos being in Canvas where students can see one another? Who supports the policy to move this forward and how is this communicated to students?


Any advice is greatly appreciated.