Reflective Journal Usability 2 Week 7

This week was a little hectic, as I was trying to get everything done before my next baby is born (luckily he hasn’t come yet). This week we worked more on eye tracking, coming up with a final report for the videos that went over the Kent State University Library site. It was interesting seeing where their eyes went with the eye tracking software, but hard to watch as the participants struggled with completing the task.

The reading we had was about how to make use of eye tracking software and the possible pitfalls of it. It’s important that when testing, the tasks given to participants using this technology make use of the advantages and don’t overshadow other aspects of usability testing. The final report we turned in had to reflect that, coming up with alternative tasks for the videos we had as examples. Overall, I felt I learned a lot about the advantages and disadvantages of eye tracking in conjunction with usability testing.

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