University at Buffalo

Sam Abramovich

Sam Abramovich

Assistant Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES


Specialty/Research Focus

Achievement; Cultural Studies; Assessment; Cognition; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Gamification; Information Science; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Learning Design; Measurements; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

Contact Information
511 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-3174
samuelab@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

My research interests include finding and understanding the learning opportunities presented by the intersection of the Learning Sciences and Emerging Technology, especially Assessment For Learning. This includes research on digital badges, online rating systems, Makerspaces, and Open Education Resources - all to help guide education improvement and reform.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
  • MT, University of Virginia (2003)
  • BA, Brandeis University (1998)
Awards and Honors:
  • National Science Foundation Data Consortium Fellow; NSF; 2016-08-01;
  • Edmund W. Gordon MacArthur Foundation/ETS Fellowship; Gordon Comission; 2013-06-30;
  • HASTAC Media Scholar; MacArthur Foundation; 2012-06-01;
Grants:
Grant:
  • SUNY Open Education Resources Grant; State; SUNY; Awarded; (08/01/2017-06/01/2018)
  • The SUNY Open Education Research Lab; State; State University of New York - IITG; Awarded; (06/30/2016-06/30/2017)
  • SUNY Open Educational Resources: Improving Faculty Discovery and Adoption; State; SUNY IITG; Awarded; (06/17/2016-06/17/2016)
  • Badges in Jewish Education and Identity; Covenant Foundation; Awarded; (01/01/2015-10/31/2015)
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Abramovich, S. (2017) Are There Jewish Digital Badges?: A Study of Religious Middle- and High-School Girls’ Perception of an Emerging Educational Technology-Based Assessment. Journal of Jewish Education, 83(2), 151-167.
  • Abramovich, S. (2016) Understanding Digital Badges in Higher Education through Assessment. On the Horizon, 24(1), 126-131
  • Reid, A. J., Paster, D., & Abramovich, S. (2015). Digital badges in undergraduate composition courses: effects on intrinsic motivation. Journal of Computers in Education, 2(4), 377-398.
  • Wardrip, P.S., Abramovich, S., Bathgate, M. & Kim, Y.J. (2014). Taking badges to school: A school-based badge system  and its impact on participating teachers. Computers & Education, 95, 239-253.
  • Abramovich, S., Schunn, C.D., & Correnti, R. J. (2013). The Role of Evaluative Metadata in an Online Teacher Resource Exchange. Educational Technology Research and Development, 61(6), 863-883.
Book Chapter:
  • Wardrip, P. S., & Abramovich, S. (2017). Ask Not What You Can Do for Badges; Ask What Badges Can Do for You. In M. F. Young & S. T. Slota (Eds.), Exploding the Castle: Rethinking How Video Games & Game Mechanics Can Shape the Future of Education. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.
  • Abramovich, S., & Wardrip, P. S. (2016). The Impact of Badges on Motivation to Learn. In L. Y. Muilenburg & Z. L. Berge (Eds.), Digital badges in education: Trends, issues, and cases. New York: Routledge.
Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Abramovich, S., & Watanabe, M. (2018, March) When are we going to get there?: OER Research at SUNY and CUNY. Presentation at CUNY/SUNY OER Showcase, New York, NY.;
  • Wardrip, P.S., Kim, Y.J., & Abramovich, S. (2017, August) Assessment in Non-Traditional Learning Environments. Presentation at Play Make Learn, Madison, WI.;
  • Bergner, Y., & Abramovich, S. (2017, May). A Perfect Storm for Progressive Assessment Practice: The Educational Maker Movement. Paper presented at National Council on Measurement in Education, San Antonio, TX.;
  • Bergner, Y., Abramovich, S., & Worsley, M. (2016, July). Assessment of Learning in Makerspaces and Fablabs: Theory and Practice and History. Symposium presentation at the International Testing Commission Conference, Vancouver, AB.;
  • Bergner, Y., Abramovich, S., & Worsley, M. (2016, October). Finding Evidence of Learning: Assessment in Fablabs and Makerspaces. Workshop presented at FabLearn 2016, Stanford, CA.;
  • Bowler, L., Nesset, V.M., Abramovich, S., & Julien, H. (2016, June). Investigating the family as a community of (digital) practice: Where do we go from here? Poster presentation at the Canadian Association for Information Science annual conference, Calgary, AB.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2015, June). Digital Media Learning and Culture in Collaborative Learning Spaces. Presentation at Digital Media &Learning (DML) Conference, Los Angeles, CA.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2016, April). Can Digital Badges Use and Strengthen Ethnic Identity? Paper presentation at Third International Conference of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA), Chicago, IL.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2016, April). Which One's the Cart and Which One's the Horse? Digital Badges as Credentials. Poster presentation at AERA, Washington, D.C.;
  • Bowler, L., Nesset, V.M., Abramovich, S., & Julien, H. (2016, June). Investigating the family as a community of (digital) practice: Where do we go from here? Poster presentation at the Canadian Association for Information Science annual conference, Calgary, AB, Canada.;
  • Mackey, T. P., Forte, M., Stone, K., & Abramovich, S. (2015, October). Integrating Open Digital Badging Content in Collaborative Metaliteracy MOOCs. Presentation at Online Learning Consortium OLC) International Conference, Orlando, FL.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2014, June). Badges for Jewish Educator Professional Development. Paper presented at the Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) Conference, Los Angeles, CA.;
Invited Lectures:
  • Abramovich, S. (2016, April). Why would I want to earn Points, Levels, or Badges?: Gamification for Motivation, Feedback, and Credentialing. Talk presented at the SUNY Conference on Meaningful Gamification, Buffalo, NY.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2015, August). Badge are Dead. Long Live Badges. Talk presented at the CRESST Conference: Do. Or Do Not. There Is Not Try: Making Games and Technology Work for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction, Redondo Beach, CA.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2016, April). Why would I want to earn Points, Levels, or Badges?: Gamification for Motivation, Feedback, and Credentialing. Talk presented at the SUNY Conference on Meaningful Gamification, Buffalo, NY.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2015, February). The Future Is Hiding In Front of You: Classrooms of the Future can be found in Bridging the Social-Technical Gap. Keynote presented at the Digital Challenges, Teaching and Learning in the Classroom of the Future symposium, Buffalo, NY.;
  • Abramovich, S. (2015, January). Symbiosis: Jewish Education and the Learning Sciences. Talk presented at ELI Talks, New York, NY. Retrieved from http://elitalks.org/symbiosis-jewish-education-and-learning-sciences;
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Grant Reviewer, Covenant Foundation
    08/01/2014-12/31/2014
Professional Service:
  • Advisory Board Member for the RAVSAK Network
    01/01/2015-05/31/2015
  • Program Committee, 2nd International Workshop on Open Badges in Education
    06/01/2014-05/31/2015
  • Scientific Board Member for the 1st International Symposium on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference
    06/01/2014-05/31/2015
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    Contact Information

    511 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-3174
    samuelab@buffalo.edu