Usability: Week 5 Journal Entry

  • What happened during your session that surprised you?
    I wasn’t very surprised by anything that happened in my usability study this week. My participant was reasonably well-versed with the site, and he had nice comments and insight into what he should do, so I might say that the most surprising aspect of my project this week was that it went better than expected!
  • Where you better or worse than you thought you would be?
    I’m comfortable with interviewing people, because I started my career in the early 2000’s as a journalist. With the ability to actually read the script to a person while interacting, I felt very comfortable with the tasks. I did notice that I had a couple of moments where I said “so” where I wish I hadn’t, but it wasn’t all that bad.
  • Where you able to remain unbiased?
    I was, and that was mostly because it’s very interesting to see how other people see things and interact. My participant approaches navigation of a website very differently than I do, but I was able to hold back and let him figure things out when he had trouble. It was a cool thing to see.
  • Did you let the participant speak?
    I did. That’s another thing where I think the journalism background helped. I didn’t feel much urge to prompt him to move along, or to try to get him to do things the way that I would. I was pretty into the observation aspect of the assignment. In fact, I feel after watching the video a couple of times that I could have done a better job of gently prompting him to move along when I let him continue to fill out survey boxes, and my video could have been shorter as a result.I had fun with this assignment for the week. I’m excited to see what my classmates did in our assignments next week!

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