We would like to be able to load OTHERNAME as part of our SiS dataload.
Once the data is loaded we would then like to have it show up as a Preferred user First name
Hi Thomas, I'm not sure if this is quite what you want to do, but we handle this as follows:
Rename "First name" Field Display Name to "Preferred First Name" and "Other Name" to "Legal First Name".
Then we use SIS Flatfile to bring in their preferred name into the "First Name" field if they have one, and their legal first name if they don't have a preferred name. We populate their legal first name into the "Other Name" field.
Students will see their preferred name throughout Blackboard, and so will instructors, but in the "Users and Groups" area if an instructor chooses to "Edit" a student, they can look up their legal first name.
That sounds like a good idea. We also use SIS integration. If we tried your suggestion then
in the Blackboard screens:
1. How do you change the heading "FIRST NAME" to display "Preferred First Name" throughout Blackboard ?
2. How do you add the heading "Other Name"/"Legal First Name" throughout Blackboard?
We changed it in System Admin panel > Users section > Customize User Information, then the User Information Fields Field Display Name.
That is where I was looking. I was looking there under our Test Blackboard environment which is running Blackboard Ultra. We don't have the option to change headings there.
I then after your direction, I looked there under our Production Blackboard environment which is not yet running Blackboard Ultra. There we do have the option to change headings.
I'll have to contact Blackboard support to see why we can't change the heading descriptions in Blackboard Ultra.
Ohhhh. Good to know. Be interested to know what Bb say.
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