Usabilità ed efficacia di ambienti di apprendimento digitale in ambito linguistico






Since the explosion of the pandemic in 2020, teaching and learning practices have been forced to switch from a face-to-face model to one mediated by a screen. This change has placed intense attention on the character of computer-mediated instruction. This paper explores these themes and focuses on formative digital spaces, analyzed from the point of view of usability: this concept includes efficacy and the ease and pleasantness of use of a system (Nielsen, 1994). In this study, two systems were considered: Moodle and WordPress. They share the goal of managing digital content, albeit with different objectives. In both platforms, accessible, open-source L2 Italian materials were made available. For the data collection, interviews, questionnaires, and software monitoring users’ behavior were employed. The analysis of the data sheds light on the learning experience of the users and their behavior, as well as on the efficacy of the environments and materials.

Author Biography

Alice Gasparini, Università per Stranieri di Siena

Alice Gasparini has recently been awarded the title of Doctor in Languages, Letters, Literatures and Cultures in Contact from the University G. D’Annunzio di Chieti e Pescara with a thesis about digital learning settings in language acquisition. Her research interests are geared towards the teaching and learning of languages, in particular Italian, in digital settings with a particular interest in learning settings and psycho-cognitive aspects. She holds a research assistantship at the University for Foreigners of Siena, where she focuses on digital literacy in schools. She has extensive experience as a teacher of Italian as a foreign language in Italy (Università per Stranieri di Siena e Università G. D’Annunzio) and abroad in Spain and Russia (Universidad de Sevilla, RGGU – Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura).



How to Cite

Gasparini, A. (2021). Usabilità ed efficacia di ambienti di apprendimento digitale in ambito linguistico. EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 8(2), 142–160.



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