Functional Gaps between CourseWork v3 and CourseWork v5

This document is intended to log any functionality from the old version of CourseWork (v3) that is missing or not working as expected in the new version of CourseWork (v5).

The next generation of CourseWork (CourseWork v5) is based on an open source development effort, called the Sakai project. In 2003, Stanford University joined forces with a consortium of universities including MIT, UC Berkeley, Indiana University, and University of Michigan, to develop the next generation of teaching and learning tools for the higher education community. While CourseWork contributes design to Sakai and makes many customizations to serve Stanford's needs, we also rely on the wider Sakai community for design and development. Some of the issues listed here will require effort from the Sakai community to resolve.

-- Resolved Gaps --

ADMIN FUNCTIONS: Display Site Participants' Email Addresses
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Display Full Course Title in Announcement Email Notifications
ASSIGNMENTS: Display Multiple Audio Recording Questions per Page
ASSIGNMENTS: Editing Published Assignments (Instructors/Admins/TAs)
ASSIGNMENTS: Auto-submitting Partially Completed Assignments
ASSIGNMENTS: Multiple Correct/Single Selection Option in the Multiple Choice Question Type
HOMEPAGE: Rich Formatting Options
HOMEPAGE: Display Full Course Title on Course Homepage
HOMEPAGE: Persistent Link to Public Version of Home Page
MATERIALS: Hidden Files Attached to Other Tools
SYLLABUS: Link to Honor Code

-- Remaining Gaps --

Global Functions
Browser Navigation Buttons
Student View for Instructors/Admins
Roster Sync
My Courses List
Browsable Course List
Roles/Permissions
User Profile
Timeout Reminders

Admin Functions
List of Dropped Students
Display Site Participants' SUID Numbers
Display Site Participants' Official Course Listing and Section Membership
Clear Distinction between Officially Enrolled Students and Self-Added Students in Participant List
Clear Distinction of each Role Category and Count of Participants for each Role
Manual Roster Sync

Tools Missing From CourseWork v5
Event Sign-up Tool (for events and section preferences)
Email Tool

Tool-Specific Functions:

Assignments
Editing Submitted Assignments (Students)
Scores from Assignments sent to Gradebook on Feedback Date

Gradebook
Text Entry Capability for Grading Columns
Export of Section Assignment, University ID Number, Role, Email Address (along with Grades)
Email Individual Students from Gradebook Table

Materials
Item Descriptions Displayed in Top Level List View
Releasing Multiple Items at Once
Removing Folder with Content
Links to Fair Use and Copyright Clearance Resources in Add Wizard
Updating of Files Attached to Other Tools

Schedule
Extensive Weekly Entries

Syllabus
Persistent Link to Public Version of Syllabus

RESOLVED GAPS


ADMIN FUNCTIONS: Display Site Participants' Email Addresses

CourseWork v3: Admin People displayed site participants' email addresses.

CourseWork v5: Originally, this information was not displayed anywhere in course sites.

Resolution Status: The Site Info page in CourseWork v5 now displays email addresses next to site participants' names. Each email address is an active mailto link.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Display Full Course Title in Announcement Email Notifications

CourseWork v3: The full course title was included in announcement email notifications, along with the course subject and number (e.g., This Announcement was sent via the CourseWork system to 'Full Class' of 'ENGLISH 66N : The Art of Influence').

CourseWork v5: Originally, email notifications only displayed the site title (e.g., An announcement has been added in the "F07-POLISCI-120B-01" site at Coursework 5).

Resolution Status: Announcement email notifications sent from CourseWork v5 now display the full course title after the site title.

 

ASSIGNMENTS: Display Multiple Audio Recording Questions per Page

CourseWork v3: Assignments were able to display multiple audio recording questions per page without performance problems.

CourseWork v5: Originally, assignments with multiple audio recording questions per page had problems loading all the recording applets. Sometimes, the applets did not load the correct settings or did not load at all.

Resolution Status: Audio recording questions now contain a link that pops up the recording applet in a new window, as it did in CourseWork v3, so multiple audio recording questions can be displayed on one page. The processing time is faster and longer recordings can be made.

 

ASSIGNMENTS: Editing Published Assignments (Instructors/Admins/TAs)

CourseWork v3: A released assignment's content and settings could be changed by retracting, editing, and releasing again.

CourseWork v5: Originally, only a few settings could be edited after publishing (releasing) an assignment. If an assignment needed content changes, it required retracting the published version, modifying the core version, and publishing a new version.

Resolution Status: Published assignments can now be edited in CourseWork v5. The content of any question can be changed, but existing questions can not be deleted and new questions can not be added. There are still some settings that can not be changed once an assignment is published, but the most commonly used settings are editable.

 

ASSIGNMENTS: Auto-submitting Partially Completed Assignments

CourseWork v3: Since Submit was the option to continue to the next part of an assignment, any answers entered by students were automatically submitted. Whatever work was complete by the due date was then available for grading.

CourseWork v5: Students have the option to Save instead of Submit, so they may unwittingly never submit their answers. If there are no late submissions allowed, they will not be able to correct this mistake after the due date.

Resolution Status: There is now an Automatic Submission option in Settings that forces the submission of students' saved submissions after the due date passes.

 

ASSIGNMENTS: Multiple Correct/Single Selection Option in the Multiple Choice Question Type

CourseWork v3: Since this system only allowed one choice to be made by the student for a multiple choice question, there was the ability to designate several correct answers and give the student full credit for choosing ANY of the correct answers. This is an important feature for HumBio.

CourseWork v5: Originally, the multiple choice/multiple correct question type required students to select ALL the correct answers to get full credit.

Resolution Status: There is now a multiple correct/single selection option in the multiple choice question type. Students will get full credit for choosing any of the correct answers.

 

HOMEPAGE: Rich Formatting Options

CourseWork v3: Home page allowed for the addition of photos, html formatting, external links, nicely delineated categories of information (meeting times, section times, instructor contact information).

CourseWork v5: Originally, Home page only had a Worksite Information frame, which allowed for simple text entry OR one link.

Resolution Status: The Homepage tool in CourseWork v5 now has rich formatting options.

 

HOMEPAGE: Display Full Course Title on Course Homepage

CourseWork v3: Home page displayed full course title along with course subject and number (e.g., ENGLISH 66N : The Art of Influence).

CourseWork v5: Originally, Home page did not display the course title by default. There was only a site tab with the naming convention of Term-Subject-Course#-Section# (e.g., F07-ENGLISH-66N-01). A course title had to be entered manually by the instructor in the Worksite Information frame.

Resolution Status: The Homepage in CourseWork v5 now populates the Course Long Title field with the title from official course registry data and displays it at the top of the page.

 

HOMEPAGE: Persistent Link to Public Version of Home Page

CourseWork v3: Instructors/admins were able to generate a persistent link to a public version of their home page just by clicking Yes to "Generate Public Homepage?". Since many instructors want to add such links to their department web sites for students to shop classes, this was very useful.

CourseWork v5: Originally, the only way to see a public view of a site's home page was to look under Search Sites on the gateway page. Finding the persistent link was not an intuitive process.

Resolution Status: There is now a single-click option to generate a persistent link to a publicly available version of a CourseWork site's home page right in the Homepage's edit screen.

 

MATERIALS: Hidden Files Attached to Other Tools

CourseWork v3: Instructors/Admins could attach a copy of a file that was hidden in Course Materials to the Syllabus, Schedule or Assignments tool and the file would still remain hidden in Course Materials.

CourseWork v5: Originally, if a copy of a file hidden in Materials was attached to another tool within a site, the file would then become visible to students in Materials. This was unclear to instructors/admins because the file still appeared grayed out in Materials, usually an indication that a file is hidden.

Resolution Status: Hidden files (and other item types) in Materials can now be attached to other tools while remaining hidden/unavailable to students in Materials. However, if you link to a hidden graphic file using the rich-text editor, the graphic will not be visible to those who do not have permission to see hidden files (Student, Guest, TA).

 

SYLLABUS: Link to Honor Code

CourseWork v3: A link to Stanford's Honor Code was added automatically to the Syllabus tool in all sites.

CourseWork v5: Originally, this link was not added automatically to the Syllabus tool.

Resolution Status: The Honor Code link is now available in every Syllabus page in CourseWork v5. It is also available on the Stanford Syllabus site.

 

GLOBAL FUNCTIONS


Functionality: Browser Navigation Buttons

CourseWork v3: Browser back/forward buttons worked as expected for site navigation.

CourseWork v5: Browser back/forward buttons do not always work as expected for site navigation.

Workaround: Use buttons within the application for site navigation.

Status: Sakai is a portal application that is designed to be independent of the browser. This probably will not change anytime soon.

 

Functionality: Student View for Instructors/Admins

CourseWork v3: Student view/Admin view toggle allowed admins to view a site as a student would see it.

CourseWork v5: No student view functionality.

Workaround: Preview mode is available in Assignments (excluding the student's initial Assignment list page). Simple tools like Homepage, Syllabus and Web Content look the same for students, minus the administrative links at top of page.

Status: Indiana University has taken on the project of creating a student view for admins. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-7924.

 

Functionality: Roster Sync

CourseWork v3: The student rosters were synced with Axess registration data 4 times a day.

CourseWork v5: The student rosters are synced with Axess registration data once a day (in off-peak hours).

Workaround: Students can be added manually, if needed.

Status: As long as we have concerns about load and system performance, we will continue to run sync jobs at non-peak hours (late night and early morning), so each site has one update per day.

 

Functionality: My Courses List

CourseWork v3: The My Courses list was the first page after login. The course title appeared next to the course subject and number. The course term (e.g., Fall 2007) was clearly listed. The list showed only the current term's sites by default. Add Course and Drop Course links were at the top of the My Courses page.

CourseWork v5: Course site navigation is in the form of tabs along the top of the page, with a drop-down menu on the right for more sites, if there is no more room for tabs. There is also a My Current Sites list, but users have to go farther to find it (My Workspace > Membership > My Current Sites). Course titles (e.g., American History) do not display in the site tab labels by default. Instead, site titles are used with the naming convention of Term-Subject-Course#-Section#. The term is not as clear (F07 instead of Fall 2007). All sites are shown in the My Current Sites list by default, in alpha-numeric order. This means the oldest sites will be at the top of the list. Finally, the ability to add/drop sites (join/unjoin in the new system) is harder to find, as it is under My Workspace > Membership > Joinable Sites.

Workaround: Users can change the display of tabs to show only their current sites by going to My Workspace > Preferences > Customize Tabs. This will help alleviate the clutter in the site tab navigation.

Status: The My Current Sites list, as well as the Joinable Sites list, has been improved by populating the Description field with the course title. It now looks more like the My Courses list in CourseWork v3.

 

Functionality: Browsable Course List

CourseWork v3: The list of all course sites was easily accessed by the Add Course link at the top of the My Courses page. All courses for the current term were listed, whether they were joinable or not, allowing users to find out which courses had sites in CourseWork. The site list was organized by department, making for easy browsing. Cross-listed courses were listed under all associated subjects.

CourseWork v5: The only place to see all course sites is the Search Sites tool on the gateway page (before login), and sites can not be joined from this list. After login, users need to go to My Workspace > Membership > Joinable Sites to add themselves to a site (not as obvious as Add Course in My Courses page). This list only includes sites set to be joinable, so there is no way to browse a full list of classes for the term once a user is logged in. The Search tool is finicky and will only find entries that match (or partially match) the current site title convention (e.g., F07-HISTORY-101-01). It is particularly hard to find cross-listings if the user is searching for a subject that is not contained in the site title.

Workaround: There are instructions in the Joinable Sites page to guide users to successful searches. There are also FAQ, Quick Start guides, and video tutorials to help users find/join course sites.

Status: The Joinable Sites list has been improved by the addition of instructions for using the search function. Feature request logged in Stanford bug tracker to make the search function more robust.

 

Functionality: Roles/Permissions

CourseWork v3: Roles included Instructor, Course Admin, Other Admin, Head TA, TA, Designer, Grader, Student, and Guest. Head TA and TA roles had almost the same permissions. TA had all admin permissions except for the ability to change role permissions.

CourseWork v5: List of roles reduced to Instructor, Course Admin, Head TA, TA, Student, Guest. Other roles were eliminated due to a lack of use in CourseWork v3. TA's permissions are limited to administering a section, and many site admin permissions are missing from this role. Librarian role was added as part of Summer 08 Release 1. This role has permission to add content, but not access any student data.

Workaround: Change a TA's role to Head TA if full admin permissions are needed.

Status: Task logged for User Experience group to consider changing TA role to "Section TA" or give TA role more admin permissions. There is no intention to add back in any of the eliminated roles.

 

Functionality: User Profile

CourseWork v3: Users were able to edit name and email address information in a local CourseWork profile.

CourseWork v5: Users must edit name and email address information in LDAP (StanfordYou directory profile) to change the display of their name in CourseWork and the email address to which notifications are sent.

Workaround: None.

Status: The decision was made to use the official Stanford listing, so users only have to edit their information in one place for use in multiple Stanford systems.

 

Functionality: Timeout Reminders

CourseWork v3: Timeout reminder messages popped up for students taking assignments, admins entering assignment scores, and admins entering grades in gradebook.

CourseWork v5: There are no timeout reminder messages that pop up before a user's session times out.

Workaround: There is warning text at the top of every Assignments delivery page (when user is taking an assignment) to make students aware of the 60 minute time limit for inactivity. Clicking a button or link within an assignment will reset this timeout. Answering questions within an assignment page does NOT reset the timeout.

Status: Bug filed in JIRA (Sakai) to add pop-up timeout warning messages that would also allow the user to renew the session. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-8152

 

ADMIN FUNCTIONS

(Admin Course in CW3 vs. Site Info in CW5)

Functionality: List of Dropped Students

CourseWork v3: Admin People displayed a list of students who dropped from official registration; option available to remove dropped students from course site.

CourseWork v5: There is no list of dropped students available to users; dropped students are automatically removed from site participant list (although maintained in the database).

Workaround: None.

Status: Feature request logged in JIRA (Sakai) to find a way to display this information in Site Info. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-12120.

 

Functionality: Display Site Participants' SUID Numbers

CourseWork v3: Admin People displayed site participants' SUID numbers.

CourseWork v5: This information is not displayed anywhere in course sites.

Workaround: None.

Status: There are no current plans to display this information.

 

Functionality: Display Site Participants' Official Course Listing and Section Membership

CourseWork v3: Admin People displayed site participants' official course listing (if officially registered in the course) and section membership (if assigned to a manually created section) in the same row as their names. The official course listings are useful for cross-listed courses and courses with multiple lecture sections, because the site participant list can be sorted to show student registration at a glance.

CourseWork v5: This information is not currently available in the site participant list in Site Info, but could be available if the Section Info tool is turned on.

Workaround: To see a list of section memberships, go to Section Info > Student Memberships. If Automatic Management is turned on in Section Info, official course listings will show in this list. This tool will either show manually created sections or official course listings, but not both.

Status: A patch is currently being worked on in the Sakai community to display this information in the site participant list in Site Info. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-10297.

 

Functionality: Clear Distinction between Officially Enrolled Students and Self-Added Students in Participant List

CourseWork v3: Admin People distinguished between officially enrolled students and students who added themselves to the CourseWork site by listing them in separate categories.

CourseWork v5: Site Info lists all site participants alphabetically by last name. If the instructor chooses to allow people to add themselves to the site with the role of Student, the only difference in the UI will be a remove check box for manually added or self-added students.

Workaround: Define the self-add role as Guest to make this difference more obvious. Look for the remove check box next to a participant's listing. Students who are officially enrolled should not have a remove check box, unless they were manually added first.

Status: A patch is currently being worked on in the Sakai community to display this information in the site participant list in Site Info. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-10297.

 

Functionality: Clear Distinction of each Role Category and Count of Participants for each Role

CourseWork v3: Admin People categorized site participants by role as the default and offered a count at the bottom of each role category. This was useful for large classes.

CourseWork v5: Site Info lists all site participants alphabetically by last name and shows count for all site participants, not for each role.

Workaround: The list can be sorted by role by clicking the column heading, but any count for a particular role would have to be done manually.

Status: No current plans to tackle this issue.

 

Functionality: Manual Roster Sync

CourseWork v3: Admin Course > Course and Section Setup provided a "Get Data Now" link to allow admins to sync the site roster with Axess registration data on demand.

CourseWork v5: This function doesn't exist now. Only the CourseWork team can run sync jobs.

Workaround: None.

Status: No current plans to change the workflow.

 

TOOLS MISSING FROM COURSEWORK V5


Event Sign-up Tool (for events and section preferences)

Workaround: We suggest setting up a wiki to use as a sign-up sheet. Sakai's Wiki tool is offered on a pilot basis (by request). An external wiki can also be added to a site with the Web Content tool.

Status: We are currently researching a replacement tool.

 

Email Tool

CourseWork v3: Admin Email had capability to send email to full class, official students only (or particular course offerings), particular sections only, and individual students.

CourseWork v5: There is no email tool available in the default list of tools. The Annoucements tool can only send email to the whole site or particular sections (or cross-listings if Section Info is automatically managed).

Workaround: Use Announcements with email notification to send email to the whole site and particular sections/cross-listings. To send email to official students only, turn on Section Info tool to Auto-manage and select all official sections in Announcement Add wizard. Capability to send email to individual students exists in the Assignments tool. If an email tool is very important to you, request to pilot the Mailtool in your site.

Status: Sakai's Mailtool is offered on a pilot basis (by request), as a replacement for Admin Email.

 

TOOL-SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS


ASSIGNMENTS

Functionality: Editing Submitted Assignments (Students)

CourseWork v3: Students were able to able to edit their answers to a submitted assignment, assuming multiple submissions were allowed by the instructor.

CourseWork v5: Students have the choice to Submit for Grading or Save for Later. If they want to be able to go back and edit answers, they need to choose Save for Later. If they hit Submit for Grading, they will not be able to edit the submission. If there are multiple submissions allowed and students want to submit different answers, they will have to start with a blank assignment to enter a new submission.

Workaround: Students have to create a new submission if they want to enter different answers. The only time an assignment is populated with a student's previous submission is when an instructor edits a published assignment and allows students to update their most recent submission.

Status: No current plans to enable students to edit previous submissions.

 

Functionality: Scores from Assignments sent to Gradebook on Feedback Date

CourseWork v3: Scores from Assignments were not released to the Gradebook tool until the feedback date (set in the Assignments tool). This worked according to users' expectations.

CourseWork v5: Scores from Assignments are sent immediately to the Gradebook tool when "Grades sent to Gradebook" is selected in Settings. The feedback date set in Assignments only affects the display of scores and comments in the student view of the Assignments tool. This is counter to users' expectations.

Workaround: There is a warning message in the Assignment Settings sections of Feedback and Grading to explain this behavior. The default selection for Gradebook Options is "None", so that grades will not be sent to the Gradebook until the instructor changes this setting. The setting can be changed after the assignment is delivered and graded.

Status: Feature request logged in Stanford bug tracker to make Feedback and Gradebook settings work together, so feedback date prevents grades from being sent to the Gradebook immediately.

 

GRADEBOOK

Functionality: Text Entry Capability for Grading Columns

CourseWork v3: Since this system did not calculate grades (it was more of a grade log), entries were not restricted to numerical values. Instructors could enter letter grades, as well as more free-form text.

CourseWork v5: This system calculates grades and requires score entries to be numerical values.

Workaround: Instructors have to convert their letter grading to numerical values, but there is a comment field for entry of free form text. Letter grades could be entered into the comment fields. Also, certain assignment entries can be excluded from the calculation of the final course grade, so instructors could leave the scores at 0 and enter text into the comment field.

Status: This feature is available in Sakai 2.5. It will be available in CourseWork when we upgrade our version of Sakai, date to be determined. CourseWork is currently based on Sakai 2.4.x. For more details on new Gradebook features, see the JIRA report SAK-9465.

 

Functionality: Export of Section Assignment, University ID Number, Role, Email Address (along with Grades)

CourseWork v3: The export function in Gradebook contained the following information for each student: Last Name, First Name, Role, Section Assignment, SUNet ID, University ID, Email, as well as all grading data.

CourseWork v5: The export function in the new system contains students' names and SUNet IDs, as well as grading data. There is an option to export only overall course grade or export scores for all assignment columns.

Workaround: Instructors can view a particular section and export the grading data for that section only, but the section name/number won't be part of the data in the exported file. So, this workaround would still require manual intervention to include section assignment as a column in an Excel file. The other information is not available in the Gradebook tool.

Status: Feature request logged in JIRA (Sakai) to add section information to the roster view of Gradebook. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-5444.

 

Functionality: Email Individual Students from Gradebook Table

CourseWork v3: An email link existed next to each student's name in the Gradebook table view, allowing instructors to compose email to individual students and send through CourseWork. (This was an extension of Admin Email).

CourseWork v5: No such function exists in the Gradebook tool.

Workaround: There is a similar email function in the Assignments tool.

Status: No current plans to add email capability to the Gradebook tool. Users can ask to pilot the Mailtool in their site or use the Assignments tool to send email to individual students.

 

MATERIALS

Functionality: Item Descriptions Displayed in Top Level List View

CourseWork v3: Description text for folders and files were available at the top level of the Course Materials tool.

CourseWork v5: Students have to choose View Details from the Actions menu to view description text, as well as other file/folder information. This is not an intuitive action.

Workaround: Instructions for viewing item descriptions are available in the Quick Start Guide for Students.

Status: Feature request logged in JIRA (Sakai) to enable showing descriptions in list view (top level). For more details, see JIRA reports SAK-10581 and SAK-3124.

 

Functionality: Releasing Multiple Items at Once

CourseWork v3: Instructors/Admins could release multiple hidden items at once by checking all the items in a list and clicking Release.

CourseWork v5: Instructors/Admins have to select Revise Details for each hidden item to change the availability settings to "Show". The only exception is if a folder is hidden. Then, the folder and all its content can be released at once.

Workaround: Organize items in folders, so that items can be released all at once. Set release dates for items when adding them in the UI.

Status: Feature request logged in JIRA (Sakai) to implement this functionality. For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-7477.

 

Functionality: Removing Folder with Content

CourseWork v3: Instructors/Admins could remove folders and all its content at one time.

CourseWork v5: When a folder with content is selected, the Remove link is not active and there is no Remove command in the Actions drop-down menu.

Workaround: To remove a folder with content, the folder needs to be expanded so the user can select the folder and an individual item within the folder. The Remove link will then become active. An intimidating error message will follow, but the content will still be erased if the user continues. Then, the folder will be empty and can be removed. This is NOT intuitive at all.

Status: Bug logged in JIRA (Sakai). For more details, see the JIRA report SAK-10368.

 

Functionality: Links to Fair Use and Copyright Clearance Resources in Add Wizard

CourseWork v3: The file upload wizard contained links to Fair Use and Copyright Clearance web sites above the copyright designation area.

CourseWork v5: There is a "more info" link next to the copyright status drop-down menu that pops up the Fair Use web site. However, the copyright designation is hidden in the default view of the Add Wizard and the "more info" link is easy to miss. The other links to copyright resources are not present.

Workaround: These links are given to users by request.

Status: No plans to change current interface.

 

Functionality: Updating of Files Attached to Other Tools

CourseWork v3: Instructors/Admins could attach a file in Course Materials to the Syllabus, Schedule or Assignments tools as a link. If a new version of the file was uploaded in Course Materials, the new version appeared where attached in other tools.

CourseWork v5: When a file from Materials is added to another tool by using "Attach a Copy" in the Attachment Helper, that means a copy of the file at that moment, not a link. Uploading a new version of the file in Materials will not update the file in other tools.

Workaround: Explain to users as it comes up.

Status: No current plans to change this functionality. This is no longer an issue for the Syllabus tool, since the new version of the tool does not include the "Attach a Copy" function.

 

SCHEDULE

Functionality: Extensive Weekly Entries

CourseWork v3: The Schedule tool was organized by week and allowed for multiple activity entries with extensive amount of text and attachments.

CourseWork v5: The Schedule tool is organized like a calendar with activities defined by date and time. Attachments and text can still be added, but there is very limited screen space to display information. Users would have to click on an entry to see the information.

Workaround: An instructor can use the Syllabus tool to display weekly entries, but it requires more work to create this kind of structure from scratch.

Status: If there is a need expressed from the Stanford community for this tool, we will need to find a replacement or better workaround.

 

SYLLABUS

Functionality: Persistent Link to Public Version of Syllabus

CourseWork v3: Instructors/admins were able to generate a persistent link to a public version of their syllabus just by clicking Yes to "Generate Public Syllabus?". Since many instructors want to add such links to their department web sites for students to shop classes, this was very useful.

CourseWork v5: Public View information is available on the gateway page under Search Sites. An instructor/admin can choose to make the Syllabus publicly accessible in the Add wizard.

Workaround: Users can right-click (or option-click) the course title in the Search Sites list and choose Copy Link Location to get a persistent link to the public version of their site, but this is not an intuitive operation. This will include the syllabus if the instructor/admin has chosen to display it to the public.

Status: There are no current plans to implement this feature. However, there are plans to implement the generation of a persistent link to the public version of a CourseWork site, which can include the syllabus. See the Homepage section for more details.