The Differences Between the Influences of Synchronous and Asynchronous Modes on Collaborative Learning Project of Industrial Design

  • Wenzhi Chen
  • Manlai You
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4564)


Understanding communication in collaborative design is helpful for development and selection of communication software and technology in design project. The aim of this article attempts to explore the differences between the influences of synchronous and asynchronous modes on collaborative design learning projects. Two experiment projects were conducted, and the participation record and the content of communication were collected. Both quantitative and content analysis methods used in order to indicate the attributions of different communication mode. Results of this study showed that there have differences in participation and communication pattern between the synchronous and asynchronous modes on collaborative learning project. It should be noted that this study is restricted to the size of sample and uncertain variables. The future research is obviously required.


collaborative design computer mediated communication (CMC) industrial design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenzhi Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Manlai You
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Design, Chang Gung UniversityTaiwan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology 

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