This doesn't seem to be fixed because my students still can't see any of my comment - public or private - and I've selected global settings. Hopefully this will be fixed on the upgrade coming up in 12+ days.
Another thing I just noticed: I added a quiz question, updated the assignment, and then decided I didn't want to the question, so I removed it. However, after updating the assignment the question reappears. I've removed it several times and it just won't go away. I now have to recreate the assignment and delete the one that won't work. Hopefully that can also be addressed on the upgrade.
And I would still LOVE to have open-ended, essay-type questions available for the assignments where the instructor can manually mark them right or wrong versus automatically being marked. Some questions require human interaction. As it stands right now, I have to create a separate page (which isn't private unless I password protect the page...very inconvenient for any student who has to take a test) and create a survey form on that page as the essay-type assignment for the course. It works find except it isn't connected to the BuddyPress Courseware, so the student will not see any progress on their handed in assignments until I manually go in and make changes to the gradebook.
I know I'm grading them manually anyway, but the immediate gratification for the student is not there. "Yay! I completed an assignment."
That's my two pence.