2016．第44卷第1期（Vol. 44 No. 1）．pp. 133–157
The Crucial Influences of Interpersonal Relationships on Learning Motivation and Performance in a Cloud-based Collaborative Learning Platform
Tzu-Hua HUANG, Yuan-Chen LIU, & Pei-Chun YU（黃思華、劉遠楨、余沛錞）
The interactive functions and personalized services provided by cloud technologies have created new opportunities for students and teachers in learning. As the frequency of communication between teachers and students, among teachers, and among students themselves in the cloud has significantly increased, “interpersonal relationship” emerged as a new topic in the field of e-learning. This study uses a free cloud-based collaborative learning platform of word processing software in the learning process in a computer classroom. The purpose of this study is to discuss and explore the influences of learning motivation and performance when learning in the cloud and in an offline environment. Online word processing software was used to teach a group of fifth graders in a computer class in Taoyuan County, Taiwan. This study found that students taught in a cloud-based learning environment (CLE) performed significantly better than those taught in an offline environment. It is worth mentioning that interpersonal relationships did not affect students’ learning motivation in a CLE, but students with better interpersonal relationships showed significantly better learning performance. This study concludes that CLE is an alternative environment for education, in which the immediate and interactive functions benefited students’ learning motivation and performance, while interpersonal relationships affected their learning performance. Hence, giving consideration to students’ interpersonal relationships within a curriculum will create higher motivation and better learning performance.
Keywords: cloud-based learning environment (CLE); offline learning environment; interpersonal relationship in the cloud; learning motivation; learning performance