Hyperstruction Studio

Pedagogical Approaches


Enhanced Teaching and Learning

The Hyperstruction Studio allows instructors to explore a variety of pedagogies via the utilization of adaptable, flexible furniture and various technologies designed to facilitate collaboration and interaction.

These innovative approaches will engage students and allow them to acquire knowledge and skills beyond their particular academic discipline, leading ultimately to improved student success. These transferable skills / core competencies might include enhanced collaboration, communications, writing, and problem solving abilities. Example of pedagogies the Studio facilitate include the following:

  • Active/Participative Learning

    Student success is enhanced by creating environments allowing students to "learn by doing." Technology enables students (and collaborative groups) to engage in simulations, case studies, problem solving exercises, etc. Innovative uses of furniture and other physical appointments allow instructors to rely less on lecture, listening, note-taking, etc. and explore classroom activities promoting student inquiry, discovery, and community-based learning.
  • Peer to Peer Learning

    Peer to peer instructional approaches allow students within a given group to act as both teachers and learners. "These environments [facilitated by cyber infrastructure and flexible classrooms] allow a group of students to take collective responsibility for identifying their own learning needs and planning how these might be addressed. This is a vital learning-how-to-learn skill as well as providing practice for the kinds of interaction needed in employment. Learning to cooperate with others to reach mutual goals seems a necessary prerequisite for operating in a complex society" and for achieving undergraduate success (Boud, Cohen, Sampson).
  • Collaboration (Team-based Learning)

    Collaborative learning implies a broad range of practices emphasizing faculty design, guidance, and management of the instructional process, but with the incorporation of peer to peer and active/participative learning (learn by doing) opportunities. The use of case studies is an example of this approach.
  • The Studio allows UCR faculty to examine and determine the efficacy of these various collaborative learning approaches.

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career Opportunities

Undergraduate Education

Hyperstruction Studio
170 Surge Bldg

Tel: (951) 827-4751
Fax: (951) 827-4796
E-mail: gladis.herrera-berkowitz@ucr.edu