NameCoach for Students


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NameCoach is a recording tool in Canvas that provides faculty and students with a simple and effective solution to identify pronouns, phonetically pronounce names, and hear how others’ names should be pronounced.

Once a user updates their NameCoach profile, that profile will be saved in Canvas. It will then be available for listening in any course after the user clicks on NameCoach in a course’s navigation menu.

NameCoach is currently being piloted at Penn for a period of two years from Fall 2022 through Summer 2024.

This article is for students — faculty should see the article on NameCoach for Faculty.

Accessing NameCoach

If your instructor is using NameCoach in their course, you can access NameCoach by:

  1. Logging into Canvas.
  2. Clicking on Courses, and choose a specific course.
  3. Selecting NameCoach from the course menu. If NameCoach is not listed, your instructor has not enabled it.

It is also possible to access NameCoach through your Canvas profile by:

  1. Logging into Canvas.
  2. Clicking on Account then NameCoach Account Profile.

Recording Your Name

The first time you access NameCoach, you will be prompted to authorize NameCoach to access your account. Once you click Authorize, this will bring you to the NameCoach page for your course.

Screenshot of the Authorize screen for NameCoach. Click Authorize to allow NameCoach to access your Canvas account.

NameCoach uses your email address to provide access to the People area in Canvas and name recordings. No other information is gathered when authorizing, and it is only used to grant access to these recordings.

To record your name, click the Record Name button.

You have the option to enter your pronouns and/or the  phonetic spelling  of your name.

Record your Name using one of three ways below.


Enter your phone number and click the Submit and Call Me button. You will get an automated call from NameCoach with instructions. You will be prompted to record. Press the # sign on your phone when you are satisfied with the recording. Click Submit and Finish to save the recording in NameCoach.

Web recorder

  1. Click the Record button. You will be prompted to use your computer’s microphone.
  2. Click Allow. Follow the prompt before speaking. 
  3. Click Stop when done recording. 
  4. Click the Play button to hear the recording.
  5. You can also choose to Record Again.
  6. Click Submit and Finish to save the recording in NameCoach.


If you have access to an audio recording tool outside of Canvas, you can upload an .mp3 or .wav file of your name recording. Click Submit and Finish to save the recording in NameCoach.

Your NameCoach recording will be available in any Canvas site that is using NameCoach. It will also be available in your Canvas Account profile.

You can re-record your name as many times as you wish by clicking the Edit your info button.

Listening to Recorded Names

You must click on NameCoach in your course menu for each course where it is enabled for your name to appear on the list.

You can scroll through the list of recorded names within your course. You can play name pronunciations and, for those who have it specified, view pronouns and phonetic spellings.

Getting Help

For additional help or information, please contact your Local Support Provider or submit a request to Canvas Support.

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2023