Allow multiple instructors for a class that have equal rights
As an instructor I want to have co-instructors for my classes that are treated the same as me versus proxies so that students can find classes under either of us or we can have equal rights.
I wouldn't vote for courses with no instructor be not appear in a search by "search by instructor." Perhaps add an additional search field/method to only display courses with no instructor attach to a course would be better n add a note stating "Multiple instructors are associated with these courses," or something to this effect. Course and Full Proxies aren't necessarily teaching or associated with the course (they can be TAs, admin assistants, undergrads working for a department with course proxy status, etc), therefore I wouldn't want these names to appear during "search by instructor" either.
For the last two questions, what would be the benefit of adding oneself to a course, whether with or without an instructor listed? Will ARES make the added instructor name searchable in the "search by instructor" field under Student Mode? If so, perhaps adding a queue where anyone who adds themselves to a course should appear in ARES, just to double check with the instructor already listed and or with a department.
Jenny Gelman commented
This doesn't really apply to Johns Hopkins as far as I can tell. For the time being at least, we do not auto-populate our courses. Instead, we use course validation - so every course has an instructor. Also, I'm not sure what the use case is for searching the web version of Ares at all. Students can only see courses they are enrolled in, and for now at least, faculty are not using the web version of Ares. All readings are uploaded by library staff using the Ares client.
Farooq Sadiq commented
We have many course with co-instructors at Johns Hopkins. Instructor information is passed in from the Student system, but only the first Instructor can currently be populated. Student, Staff and Faculty expect that courses list all instructors in ARES, as they do in our Student System.
I commented on this back in May 2017 and we still have the same issue where multiple instructors teach the same course but only one "lead" instructor is listed in ARES since only the "core" readings are posted. I would still like to restrict who can edit the course since instructors will most likely go crazy and post readings that are not part of the syllabus.
Leah Haisoch commented
This would definitely be a desirable enhancement for us. We have many courses that are co-taught or have multiple sections that share the same readings and one reserves list. I believe this would also address the issue we are having when an instructor is made a course proxy, his/her full proxies do not have access to the course.
IMHO we really *need* a many to one relationship for instructors to course. It becomes particularly confusing otherwise when cloning. Granular permissions would be gravy.
We would also like there to be multiple instructors listed and for students to be able to search on any of the instructors, BUT we would also like to be able to control which instructors can actually edit the course and items. For example, we have two online programs and the courses share the core online readings, up to 15 instructors for a single course. As of today, we only have one lead instructor name where students can find the course readings under. As you can imagine this creates a lot of confusion on the student part. If we could someone have courses associated with more than one instructor name in ARES that would be great. In addition, if we can only assign one or two instructors, aside from ARES administrators, to have editing privileges on the courses it would also be great.