Sharla Berry

Sharla Berry
Research Assistant

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Sharla Berry is a Dean’s Fellow and a research assistant in the Rossier School of Education at USC. Sharla does research on student’s experiences with online learning in higher education. She is currently working on a research project on doctoral students’ experiences building community in online programs.

In addition to doing research on best practices in technology, Sharla is involved in several collaborative efforts to design effective learning technologies. She was a fellow in USC Annenberg’s technology incubator, where she helped to develop College Knowledge LA, a college related mobile app. For this project, Sharla was one of 50 semi-finalists in the McArthur Foundation’s Voto Latino Innovators Challenge grant contest.

Prior to entering the PhD program at USC, Sharla worked as a teacher in Los Angeles. During her first year teaching she helped found an inclusive special needs school in Los Angeles. Sharla is passionate about helping students from underserved communities. She is the author of Degree for Free: How to Save Time and Money on Your College Education, a book about how students in underserved environments can use community resources to pay for college. Sharla holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in History from Loyola Marymount University.