Entries by Evan Straub

NameCoach – A new tool for Canvas

NameCoach for Canvas - a tool for building community in the classroom.

NameCoach is a new tool introduced in Canvas in Fall 2021. It allows students and instructors to record their preferred way to audibly speak their name, as well as provide a phonetic pronunciation. 

In Canvas, NameCoach is automatically enabled on the left-hand navigation bar. Selecting it will bring up the list of students’ names and preferred pronunciations.

Being able to call students by their name, with the correct pronunciation is a powerful tool in both the online and face-to-face classroom. Research supports that even small measures, like calling students by name, builds rapport, may increase participation, and increases students’ feelings of engagement with the class.

For more information about NameCoach, see the ITS Teaching and Learning page.

Learn more about NameCoach and all the Canvas tools offered through ITS Teaching & Learning.

What’s next – Fall 2021 and beyond

After a full year of pandemic online teaching, you may be wondering what’s next? While Fall 2021 is moving toward a more traditional classroom experience, there are ways to integrate the best of what technology can offer in a face-to-face class. Here are some resources to navigate the transition and learn how to apply all […]

Ready to Go Blue – Winter 2021 (R2GB)

Preparing for Winter 2021 U-M faculty and GSI’s are re-envisioning winter classes in a variety of engaging formats including in-person, remote, and hybrid. Ready to Go Blue (R2GB) sessions will provide support for these efforts ranging from highlighting pedagogical best practices to how-to sessions on specific tools, and opportunities for consultations. Our U-M values of […]