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Roster Photos Update

Student pronouns will be sourced from Axess and will be easier to view

In 2016, the Canvas team developed Roster Photos to close a major feature gap for those instructors migrating from CourseWork to Canvas. Roster Photos displays official student Campus ID card photos to help instructors put a face to a name at the start of an academic term. 

In 2017, Roster Photos integrated with NameCoach (a 3rd party application) to provide student pronouns and audio recordings of their name pronunciation in addition to their photos. New or updated entries within NameCoach were picked up by Roster Photos every time an instructor launched or refreshed the tool. 

For Fall 2022, will have back-end and front-end updates. To ensure you are able to view the front-end updates, please clear your browser’s cache.

What’s New?
On the back end, student pronouns showing up in Roster Photos will now be sourced from Axess (instead of NameCoach). Therefore, please encourage your students to enter their pronouns in Axess

On the front end,

  • Student pronouns and name pronunciation recordings will be accessible directly from the main screen (Figure 1). They were previously accessible via a pop-up window (Figures 2a and 2b).
  • Instructional staff will be able to toggle across multiple views depending on their need/interest. Views containing pronouns (1 and 3) are not printable since printouts could inadvertently reveal student pronouns to people outside of the course — which would be counter to student expectations of who could see their pronouns The following views will be available:
    1. Name and pronouns (default view)
    2. Name only
    3. Pronouns only
    4. Photo only
  • An updated guide to pronouns.

 

Updated UI displaying student photo, name, pronouns and name recording button on the main screen. Users may toggle across different views.
Figure 1. Updated UI displaying student photo, name, pronouns and name recording button on the main screen. The pronouns shown on the screenshot represent the pronoun options available to students in Axess. The ability to toggle across different views is also supported.
Figure 2a. Old UI where only student photos and names are shown on the main screen.  Those with pronouns or name recording have an info button on their photo. Their name is hyperlinked.
Figure 2a. Old UI where only student photos and names are shown on the main screen. Those with pronouns or name recording have an info button on their photo. Their name is hyperlinked.
Old UI: Selecting the info button or the name on the main screen launches a popup that allows the instructional staff to listen to the student’s name recording or view their pronouns.
Figure 2b. Old UI: Selecting the info button or the name on the main screen launches a popup that allows the instructional staff to listen to the student’s name recording or view their pronouns.

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