When searching in the authoring environment for a course by giving the external reference, the search is not exact but rather a "like" search. This is handy if the external reference contains coded information such as the semester or class identifier.
However, the same search in the "my courses" view does only allow an exact search. This is problematic for coaches who do not have access to the authoring environment and thus effectively can not search for all courses of a certain semester or for all courses of a certain class if this information is encoded to the external reference.
This issue is about improving the "my courses" search to also use a "like" search for the external reference.