NameCoach is a name pronunciation tool that allows students to record their names for instructors to understand how to pronounce them correctly. By understanding how their students want to be addressed, it enables instructors to create a respectful and inclusive learning experience and better communicate with learners.

NameCoach is available to Western faculty and students in OWL Brightspace. The NameCoach roster view is only available to instructors. Students only have access to the NameCoach recorder and cannot see their peers’ names nor access their recordings.

Students only need to record their name once. Once recorded, it will populate in any course that uses NameCoach.

For Instructors

To use NameCoach in your OWL Brightspace course, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Content tool in your course offering.
  2. In a new or existing unit, select “Add Existing”.
  3. Select External Tool Activity.
  4. From the list, choose NameCoach.
  5. Be sure to make the page visible to your students by enabling the "Visible" toggle.


For Students

To record your name in NameCoach, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the NameCoach link in your course’s Content tool.
  2. Click “Record Name”.
  3. Select your method of recording your name:
  4. Phone – Enter your phone number to record your name over an automated phone call.
  5. Web Recorder - Record your name using our web audio recorder.
    1. Ensure your browser security settings allow access to your microphone. For more information, see NameCoach’s support page.
    2. You will have 25 seconds to record your name. Click the Stop button when you’re done.
    3. Click the Play button to listen back to your recording. Optionally, click Record Again if you want to redo the recording.
  6. Uploader – Upload a .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, or .wav file of your name recording.
  7. Click Submit and Finish.


Support Resources

If you experience any issues recording your name, visit NameCoach’s Troubleshooting page.

If you encounter problems accessing NameCoach in Brightspace, check NameCoach’s system status page.

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