Automatically insert Published date

Aug 05, 2016

I have seen older threads about inserting a trigger to execute java script and have a date display.  Seems straightforward, but it always displays the users system date.


Our group is looking for a way to have a published date automatically populated when we go to publish a course.  While we (developers) know our content and what is new, our web team needs to be able to quickly tell when the course was published so that they don't put an older version up.


I know that we can manually add a date, but having something automatically populate (think Word), would be incredibly helpful.

7 Replies
Christie Pollick

Hi, Jon -- Thanks for reaching out here, and I am not sure if this is what you are looking for, or are referring to above when you mention an older thread, but I thought I might pass it along in case it would be helpful. Perhaps your fellow community members will have additional insights to share, or you may also want to see if the folks in our Building Better Courses forum here have some insight, as well. 

Jon Hurtado

Thank you, but that is not exactly what I am looking for.  Just like Microsoft Word, I want to add a date field in an inconspicuous place on one of the first pages of a course.  I would like for this date field to automatically update to the current date whenever the course is opened in editing mode, but not published mode. 

When the course is published, the date field will show the date that the course was published.  That way, we can have a very quick way of doing testing in our UAT areas. 

Christie Pollick

Thanks for passing along that discussion, Ulises, and Jon, I did want to mention that if you should decide to utilize JavaScript for what you have in mind, that is not something for which we would be able to offer support, so we'd need to defer to your fellow community members to assist you further. Here also is our JS Best Practices Sheet and Examples if you'd like to take a look. 

Michelle Vales

Hello, has anyone figured out a solution to this post? I have the same issue. We need to add a date field to the front page of our course that will automatically update when the course is opened only in editing mode, and not when published or when the learner opens the course in the LMS. This date would solely be for the purpose of our help desk team to determine if the learner is using the most current version of the edited course. There have been times that we've had to review and publish a course several times in one month and we need to make sure that the learner is viewing the current version should there be an issue causing them to call into the help desk. The help desk needs to have a way they can identify the current version of the course. Does this all make sense? I was hoping to have a field on the Welcome slide that isn't visible until the help desk hovers over a specific portion of the slide, then the current version date pops up for them, but I'm new to Storyline and at a lose at how to make this happen. Any assistance/guidance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Math Notermans

I managed to read and display the meta.xml from a published file...thus capable of showing a published date...
Click LoadXML button to see the published date...Offcourse only works on a browser.. CORS errors when testing in preview

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