collaborative learning

How Collaborative is Too Collaborative?

Teaching Trends and Best Practices

Collaborative learning is about involvement, supporting and relying on peers to learn. Karin Heuert Galvao – an EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer and ELT Consultant shares her experience. She shares how she engaged learners from across the world and made them work and learn collaboratively.


I have been working with online learning for some time now and one of the things that always inspires me the most is the fact that our students can work collaboratively. They not only learn English, but they are able to exchange ideas, get to know different people from all around the globe and work together, as a team, as a unit.

How Collaborative Learning Works?

When I started working with collaborative learning, I was so enthusiastic about it (still am) that I was always thinking about “us”, “the team”, “the group”, “collectively”. However, one day (you know those days in a teacher’s life when you’re wondering about your career, your students, your line of work, etc. – I know, I know, I know, clichè, but that’s not the point – one thing I realized is that there was too much focus on “we” and not so much focus on “I” (I = student). I have been focusing so much on team work, that I had completely forgotten “me-work”. This thought led me to several other questions such as: “Was alone-time really important for my student?”, “Must alone-time be as challenging/exciting/fun as group-time?”, “What’s the balance between alone and group time/activities?”

Collaborative Learning is about involvement, cooperation, access to a variety of information  and feeling motivated.

Does Learning Alone Work?

What about learning alone? What are the benefits? Are the advantages?


If you also want to make collaborative learning work in your sessions, join Karin, Director at iStudy Interactive Learning,on February 6th, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST and find out more about it! Click on ‘save my spot’ button to register.


Karin Heuert Galvao

Karin Heuert Galvão has been an EFL Teacher for 15 years and Director at i-Study Interactive Learning for 8 years. She holds, among others, the CELTA and IH Certificate in Online Tutoring. She also writes materials for EFL courses for students from 2 years old and on. She is also one of the moderators of an online community based on Facebook: BrELT (Brazil’s English Language Teachers).

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