Is there a way to use Google Analytics to track user data in an Evolve course?

I thought I could probably add some tracking code into an HTML page and add it in an iFrame. I can’t get that to track anything though. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Nick

There is a built-in extension for adding analytics for an entire course. Have you tried that? Or is it something different you want to do?

Hi Gareth,

I hadn’t realised that existed. But…

If I try and use it I get a ‘Something went wrong’ popup. I’m using Chrome and have tried logging out and in a few times, and have also tried switching it
on on two different courses.

Nick

Nick Eastham

Learning Technologies Consultant

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Ok — is it just the google tag / tracking ID you’re pasting (a string like UA-000000-2)?

Although Appitierre mark this extension as ‘Beta’ it’s been around a while and I’ve not had a problem with it in the couple of projects where we’ve used it.

Hi Gareth,

I get the ‘Something went wrong’ as soon as I click the ‘edit’ button on the extension item.

Nick

Nick Eastham

Learning Technologies Consultant

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OK. Sounds like one for Appitierre tech support!

Thanks Gareth,

I think I’ve just sorted it out.

I switched off my ad-blocker and it started working!

Nick Eastham

Learning Technologies Consultant

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Just a quick note to anyone who would like to use Google Analytics with an Evolve course, you’ll need to create a Universal Analytics property (only), rather than use the more recent Google Analytics 4 property. The tracking ID should look something like UA-000000-2 as mentioned by Gareth.

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I don’t really speak Google Analytics so I’m wondering how to use the Attribute items in this extension? Can I add an attribute to a component for tracking purposes.

More broadly, what events inside Evolve can be tracked with the extension?

Hi James,

The only things you can add as attribute items are text words or phrases such as Evolve or the name of the course.

Hi James, I’m not using attributes at all, but Analytics has been useful for me by providing some general data on usage and engagement of Evolve courses, especially those that aren’t in an LMS. Things I look at are page views, most popular pages of the course, pages per session, time on pages, exit pages, geographic location of users, etc.

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Hi there,

Totally agree with analytics being useful in providing some general data on usage and engagement of Evolve courses - page views, most popular pages of the course, pages per session, time on pages, exit pages, geographic location of users, etc.

But with Google retiring ‘Universal Analytics’ in July 2023, is it possible to update the extension to enable the use of ‘Google Analytics 4’ properties too?

Cheers,
Paul

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