Collect Online User's Interaction Data

Collect Online User's Interaction Data
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#1

Hi everyone,

I need help and advice.

Within the scope of an academic experiment (master thesis), I need to collect user’s interaction data while the user is performing a given task (in a web browser). What I mean with interaction data is mouse movement, scrolling, clicking, and focus.

Is anyone aware of an already existing JavaScript framework or tool that I could use in the website I will develop to collect the user’s on-line activity while performing the web tasks I will ask them to complete?

Thanks in advance!


#2

Hey, I don’t know any framework for that, but can’t you easily get this information by using event handlers (mousemove, scroll, click, focus)?


#3

Listening for scroll events can really hammer site performance. As it’s an academic exercise, that may not matter, but this is as good a starting point as any for your intro to DOM event listening:


#4

Thank you both for your replies!

@BenGitter I know I can get that kind of info with event handlers. However, I am new to web programming/JavaScript and I have limited time and knowledge to develop something from scratch. I would prefer to leverage something that already exists since I am not really aware of issues as performance, for instance (as @JacksonBates pointed out). I found this framework (http://www.jspsych.org) that will help me structure my experiment but doesn’t have the feature of collecting user’s interaction data.

@JacksonBates thanks for the link, I will have a look!


#6

Hi @P1xt, I am planning to do that on a site I will create and control.


#8

Wow @P1xt!

Thanks a mil for your help, time and availability!

I will use your code as the base for my initial tests and try out drafts of what I want to accomplish.

This was exactly the “little” push I needed :slight_smile: Let’s see I am capable of coding what I propose for the experiment (I feel I learned a lot with freecodecamp)!


#10

Cool…I did not know you could chain events like that with jQuery.


#11

Thanks @P1xt again for the extra tips. As @JacksonBates I wasn’t aware that it was possible to chain events like that in jquery.

I will keep you updated about my efforts.