Jennifer Schaller, OER Librarian and Assistant Professor

Name:

Jennifer Schaller 

Title:

OER Librarian and Assistant Professor

Department:

Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication in CULLS

 

Describe your research in about 200 words.

My research interests include exploring the effect of Open Educational Resources on student success and whether or not OER can positively impact attrition. She has a background as a creative nonfiction writer, and she is also interested in researching, writing, and reflecting on her experience in academia from the intersection of being both Latinx and a woman.

 

What’s the most interesting thing you have learned from a student?

My students transform me. For example, I once had a student with very little grammatical understanding who learned to punctuate complex sentences and express his ideas on paper eloquently within a semester. When my goal for him was to punctuate a sentence, he zoomed ahead and started experimenting with syntax. From him, I discovered that when a student is passionate and engaged about their education, they learn exponentially.