Filemaker Go only runs on iOS devices, so I'm not clear on your question about "get the launch file onto his/her computer.
All students these days could teach us how to get a file on to our device. Tell them to go to the app store and download filemaker go. The easies way to get your database on to the device is by using dropbox. You would load the database to your dropbox account and then share the file. You would then sent the student an email with the link your you would have a website with the download link. The student could use iTunes or dropbox to move the database to their computer, but it would have to be a runtime to run on the computer.
Thanks for your reply.
First, my bad: It should have been get the launch file onto his/her phone, not
Second, I need a solution that's more self-service than what you outline. I don't want to have to send an email to anyone. These will be anonymous students across the state who are self-identifying and self-configuring with nothing beyond instructions on a web page, which they might first access via a computer instead of a phone.
I understand why you might think any student can download a file, but I just asked four students, and none did. They can do apps in their sleep, but not files.
We have a website, so we can host files for download there.
Your web site can be set up to send the email to the student when they click a link to get the file.
That's an interesting possibility. Thank you.