A review of the challenges and merits of collaborative learning in online translation classes


  • Mansour Amini School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA
  • Latha Ravindran English Language and Communication Department, FOSSLA, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
  • Kam-Fong Lee English Language and Communication Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, UCSI University, MALAYSIA




Collaborative learning, Covid-19, face to face, online, translation


Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, instructors and learners had to turn to online learning and teaching instead of the traditional physical mode. With this shift to online education, the innovative pedagogical approaches play a key role in facilitating effective communication and teaching approaches. The purpose of this review paper was to explore the merits and challenges of Collaborative Learning approach in online mode of teaching. Using a review protocol, the most recent and relevant studies were identified by searching the keywords from reliable databases, and descriptions were provided. Problems such as accessibility, learner motivation, technical issues, digital skills, time management, and cost-efficiency were identified as some of the challenges in most of the studies reviewed. It was concluded that Collaborative Learning in teaching Translation is an effective and dynamic approach that could contribute to the  autonomous learning. A mix of both online and face to face modes of teaching, i.e., blended (hybrid) learning,  was recommended as effective for Translation students. Finally, instructors were recommended to remind students about their responsibity regularly for more productive interaction, and effective engagement in the discussions and activities, as well as voicing out their opinions. This could make the learners become more crtitical and flexible learners who are constantly involved in teamwork and can accomplish Translation projects and assignments successfully.


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Author Biographies

Mansour Amini, School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA



Latha Ravindran, English Language and Communication Department, FOSSLA, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Dr Latha is the Head of English Department, UCSI University. She has a PhD in English Language Studies.


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How to Cite

Amini, M., Ravindran, L., & Lee, K.-F. (2022). A review of the challenges and merits of collaborative learning in online translation classes. Journal of Research, Policy & Practice of Teachers and Teacher Education, 12(1), 69–79. https://doi.org/10.37134/jrpptte.vol12.1.5.2022