Creating Your NameCoach Account and Recording a NameBadge

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What is NameCoach and what is a NameBadge?

NameCoach is a resource that enables you to record a pronunciation of your name (your NameBadge) and share this pronunciation via ELMS-Canvas or in your email signature. NameCoach can be accessed by faculty and students via ELMS-Canvas to create a NameCoach Roster, which allows those with access to a course with a NameCoach Roster in ELMS-Canvas to view the first name, last name, email address, phonetic spelling and pronunciation of the members of the course.  To set up a NameCoach Roster on ELMS-Canvas, please see: NameCoach and NamePage Access and Features.

You can also access NameCoach directly by going to the NameCoach site and creating a NameBadge and account by using your UMD e-mail address. You can then add a link to your NameBadge in your e-mail signature through the NameCoach site. (Note that accessing NameCoach directly does not route you through the University of Maryland CAS authentication.)  


Creating your NameCoach account

If you have previously recorded your name in your NameCoach account, please see Adding your NameBadge to Your Email Signature.

If you have not created a NameCoach account, go to and do the following:

  1. Click the Login link in the upper-right-hand corner of the page (this will take you to an option to create a new account, if this is your first time logging in).
  2. To create an account, click on the SIGN UP button to get started.  This button may appear at the upper-right-hand corner of the log-in page (see first screenshot below), or you may need to click on an image of three parallel lines to bring up the SIGN UP option on the left-hand panel of the page (see second screenshot below):

    You may see the SIGN UP button:

    Or you may see three parallel lines that take you to the SIGN UP link:

  3.  After clicking SIGN UP, you will be brought to a page asking you to choose how to record your NameBadge.  Go to the section listed For Individuals, and click Record and share your name:


Recording your name and creating a NameBadge

  1. After clicking Record and share your name, you will be brought to a window to create your NameBadge.  In the first part of the window, provide your e-mail address, name, and full name that you will record.  You also have the options of adding any information you would you like to note about the pronunciation of your name and indicating any pronoun information you'd like to share:

  2. In the bottom part of the window, you will record your name. You have three options to record: by Phone, using the NameCoach Web Recorder, or by using the Uploader.

Record your name by Phone

If you would like to use your phone to record your name, NameCoach can call you to make the recording.

  1. Enter only the digits of your area code and telephone number in the box provided.
  2. Click the Call me now! button.
  3. When NameCoach calls, follow the prompts to record your name.
  4. Hang up.
  5. Click Submit and Finish at the bottom of the window, and you will have created your NameBadge!


Record your name using the Web Recorder

If you have access to a microphone, you can record your name over the Web.

  1. Click the Record button.
  2. Speak your name into the microphone.
  3. Click the Stop button to end recording.
  4. Click the Play button to hear your recording.
  5. Optional:  If you would like to re-record your name, click the Record button again.
  6. Click Submit and Finish at the bottom of the window, and you will have created your NameBadge!


Record using the Uploader

If you already have a file of your recorded name, you can upload this file.

  1. Locate the audio file on your computer and drag it into the Drag a file here box, or click Browse to select your file from the location where it is saved.
  2. Click Submit and Finish at the bottom of the window, and you will have created your NameBadge!


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