—Collaborative applications of cloud computing
have garnered considerable attention in recent years, but little
effort has been devoted to exploring the effects of them on
students’ learning motivation. In this study, we use Google Docs
to support students in collaboratively designing the structure of
the website. In this quasi-experimental design, 49 university
students participated in the study. The participants were
divided into two groups, an “experimental group” and a
“control group.” The experimental group was able to
simultaneously design the structure of the website, namely
synchronous design, while the control group designed the
website asynchronously. The results show that synchronous
design was not particularly helpful in motivating students’
learning when compared to asynchronous design.
—Synchronous, asynchronous, collaborative
design, learning motivation.
Yong-Ming Huang is with the Department of Applied Informatics and
Multimedia, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan (e-mail:
Chia-Sui Wang is with the Department of General Education, Chia Nan
University of Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan (e-mail:
Yi-Chun Liu is with the Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Chia
Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan (e-mail:
Cite: Yong-Ming Huang, Chia-Sui Wang, and Yi-Chun Liu, "A Study of Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Collaborative Design in Students‟ Learning Motivation," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 354-357, 2015.