This contribution presents some aspects of the Department Interdisciplinary Research Project (PRID) of Roma Tre University. The main aim of the project is to define an innovative e-learning integrated didactic model that can promote the acquisition and development of skills for Lifelong Learning (European Parliament & European Council, 2008). To this end, the implementation of the following essential variables and components of the Integrated Model is a priority: 1) the learners’ motivational involvement; 2) the quality of the experience of immersion within a virtual environment; 3) evaluation and self-evaluation practices. Considering the original model successfully experimented in the Degree Course in Education Sciences at “Roma Tre” University (Domenici, 2016) and particularly focused on evaluation and self-evaluation processes, we propose an implementation of so-called affective usability of the e-learning platform by creating relaxing, stimulating and aesthetic online environments, promoting a greater immersive capacity. To this must be added the students’ use of advanced ICT programs enabling them to experience scientific demonstrations and experiments in order to acquire a scientific mentality through the use of Context Simulation Tests and Virtual Didactic Laboratories (VDLs). The effectiveness of implementing the FAD e-learning system in acquiring the scientific thinking modality will be empirically assess. Keywords: Affective usability; Context Simulation Tests; Motivational involvement and immersion; Scientific thinking; Self-evaluation test; Virtual Didactic Laboratories.
Biasi, V., & Ciraci, A.m. (2018). The qualification of e-learning for higher education through the development of affective usability, self-evaluation test and virtual laboratory. In: 4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18). In 4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18) (pp.415-423). València : Universitat Politècnica de València.