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Have you ever wondered why you are enrolled in some "Project" sites and some "Course" sites? Or have you wondered what the different roles in these sites might mean? I have answers!

  • Project Sites are designed for collaboration. They are simple sites with a limited set of tools and are ideal for use in a group where documents need to be distributed and shared. They are perfect for department documents, advisor/advisee discussions, and small group information sharing. Project sites do not have an associated term assigned to them, so they can be perpetually used from year to year. While they are designed for collaboration, course tools can be added by anyone with the Organizer role and will function just like a course with assignments, assessments, and grading.
    • There are three roles defined in Project sites:
      • Organizer: The Organizer role has full permissions throughout the site, including the ability to publish the site and set its global access. The Organizer role can read, revise, delete, and add both content and participants to a site. 
      • Participant: The Participant role can read content and add content to a site where appropriate.
      • Observer: The Observer role can read content where appropriate.


  • Course Sites are designed for instruction. They include an associated quarter term (ie, SU19) and are limited to a standard naming convention (ie, SE3100: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (SP19_1_FP)). When we create a course, we use a master template that has a standard set of tools enabled, including, but not limited to: 
  • Tools
    • Resources
    • Discussion Forums
    • Assignments
    • Tests & Quizzes
    • Gradebook
    • Lessons
    • Syllabus
  • Tools
    • Announcements
    • Calendar
    • Messages
    • Roster
    • Library
    • Writing Center
    • Statistics


  • There are six roles defined in Course sites:
    • Instructor: Instructors have full permissions throughout the site, including the ability to publish the site and set its global access. Instructors can read, revise, delete, and add both content and participants to a site.
    • Teaching Assistant: Teaching Assistants can read, add, and revise most content in their sections. 
    • Student: Students can read content, and add content to a site where appropriate.  They cannot see unpublished sites or hidden content.
    • Guest Lecturer: Guest Lecturers have similar permissions throughout the site as instructors, but do not have the ability to edit or delete content created by an instructor. 
    • Course Developer:  Can access all materials and content, including the Assignments and Tests & Quizzes functionality, but cannot modify Site Info or grading, and can't preview assignments or tests. 
    • Observer: Observers have similar permissions as students, but cannot add content, view the grade book, nor submit assignments and assessments..


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