Whew! That was more work than I initially gave it credit for. I thought I had an idea of what would be involved in reviewing the sessions and gathering all of the data out of them. I was wrong. It was much more intensive than I gave it credit for. I probably spent almost as much time just reviewing the moderating sessions as I expected to spend on the entirety of the project. I have a new respect for what a usability professional does.
One of the things that most stood out to me was how difficult it actually is to draw conclusions from what you see in a usability study. I guess I thought more things would be obviously wrong. Perhaps this impression originated with the readings we did which simplify things a bit to make them understandable. It seemed like everything the authors talked about was pretty straight forward and logical. And yet, after viewing each of the videos I found myself asking, now what?I'm sure they did give warnings about it and maybe I just glossed over the parts where they said it. But now, after finishing the project,
I think the thing that I am most sure of, is that I have a good deal of room for improvement in this area. Which I suppose should be expected since I'm just getting started. Still, it's a little daunting.