Dynamic Custom Course Logo
I am not a flash developer so this isn't something I can pursue myself. I have a strong desire to be able to build course lessons where the custom course logo is different based on information about the student taking the course so that the students see the school logo of the school account that they are enrolled through.
There was a thread on this on the old forums that I can't find but there were other articulate users who chimed in that they liked this idea.
So I wanted to see if this could be considered for a future release of articulate and to see if there was other support out there for such an enhancement.
What I am envisioning is that Articulate would specify instructions on cookies to be set by website that is used to launch the course. So if course if course launches from www.domain.com/coursefolder/lesson1/index_lms.html then there would be a cookie associated with domain.com along the lines of student_course_logo=<location and filename of .jpg or .gif or .swf to present where articulate displays logo.swf>
The logic can be simple that if the cookie isn't set, just pick up the logo.swf as usual. If the cookie is set then pick up the other graphic to display.
If you have the logic work this way then you don't even need to change the Articulate developer interface to reflect the enhancement. All you need to do is publish the cookie name to set and add in a little bit of if... then... logic.
I think that the ability to offer this kind of branding/customization to my customers is really important. In order to do this today I need to republish a course with all of its lessons in their entirety, dedicate addition disk space to the effort, maintain the additional course definitions and then if I want to change a single screen in a given lesson I would need to need to publish is again for every school I support. So while doable, it is time intensive to maintain and QA.
I would rather maintain a single additional field for each school we support that has the course logo directory/filename to cookie for the articulate course to read.
Maybe others can think up another more elegant solution but I would love to see something like this in near future releases of Articulate. Seems easy to me and a big bang for the product enhancement buck.