The first thing that really came up to me for this assignment, was why are we even doing this in the first place? It seems to me that every one of the possible quantitative measures that we discussed would be wanted for a usability study. After some consideration, I came to the conclusion that the reason for out needing to select a given measure was so that we could think more carefully about how each of the different metrics worked and could be used. This was something that I think I glossed over a bit in the reading. As a result, this exercise really ended up being useful in helping me think about whey each of the metrics, as well as many more metrics could be useful to understand different issues with our site in the context of usability.
I have to admit that prior to beginning the usability classes this semester my overall opinion of this portion of UXD was going to be the most onerous. I’m more of a creative type by nature than a number cruncher. And although I think I always will lean more in that direction, I’ve found that the usability part of UXD is fascinating, and I think I’ll find it to be quite enjoyable.