University at Buffalo

Sam Abramovich

Sam Abramovich

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

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

Contact Information
511 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-3174

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;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Cun, A., Abramovich, S. & Smith, J. (2019). An assessment matrix for library makerspaces. Library & Information Science Research, 41(1), 39-47.
  • Kruger, J. S., & Abramovich, S. (2019). Open Educational Resources: The New Frontier. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 5(2), 155-158.
  • Abramovich, S., & McBride, M. (2018). Open Educational Resources and Perceptions of Financial Value. The Internet and Higher Education, 39, 33-38.
  • 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.
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.
Recent Presentations:
  • Abramovich, S. (2019, May). What's going on with OER? - Tools and ideas that will allow you to say something important about OER. Presentation at SUNY Conference on Instruction & Technology, Purchase, NY.;
  • Abramovich, S., & Yip, J. (2019, June). Research in Service to Practice: Connecting Faculty and Practioners to Transform Library Services. Panel presentation at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Washington, DC.;
  • Kruger, J. & Abramovich, S. (2019, May). Writing an OER Textbook with 75 Undergraduates: The Challenges, Successes, and the Lessons Learned. Presentation at SUNY Conference on Instruction & Technology, Purchase, NY.;
  • Millerjohn, R., Abramovich, S., & Wardrip, P.S. (2019, October). Library Makerspace Learning: Hands-on Assessment & Documentation Practices & Tools. Presentation at the Fifth Annual Maker Ed Convening, Pittsburgh, PA.;
  • Wardrip, P.S., Millerjohn, R., Abramovich, S., & Smith, J. (2019, August). Assessments in Library Makerspaces: The audience is everyone! Presentation at Play Make Learn, Madison, WI.;
Recent Grants:
  • Convergence Accelerator Phase I (RAISE): A Universal Framework of Micro-Credentials for Nation-Wide Employment; Federal; National Science Foundation; Awarded; (09/01/2020-05/31/2021)
  • ALLMs: Assessment for Learning in Library Makerspaces; Federal; Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Awarded; (10/02/2018-09/30/2021)
  • SUNY Open Education Resources Grant; State; SUNY; Awarded; (08/01/2018-06/30/2019)
  • 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; (08/01/2016-06/30/2017)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Grant Reviewer, Covenant Foundation
Professional Service:
  • Advisory Board Member for the RAVSAK Network
  • Program Committee, 2nd International Workshop on Open Badges in Education
  • Scientific Board Member for the 1st International Symposium on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference
Recent Editorships:
  • Guest Editor; Information and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

511 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-3174