University at Buffalo

Sam Abramovich

Sam Abramovich

Associate Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION
INFORMATION SCIENCE


Specialty/Research Focus

Information Science; Achievement; Assessment; Cultural Studies; Cognition; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Educational technology; Evaluation; Gamification; 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
samuelab@buffalo.edu

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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:
  • Orzech, M. J., & Abramovich, S. (2020). Perceptions and Practice of Openness Among Academic Librarians. International Journal of Open Educational Resources. 3(1).
  • Abramovich, S., & Wardrip, P.S. (2020). Can digital badges strengthen religious ethnic-cultural identity in a religious education setting?. British Journal of Religious Education 42:3, 338-349.
  • 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.
Recent Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Abramovich, S. (2020, September). Using Open Education Resources as a Tool for Equity, Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion. Presentation at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education Teach-In for Racial Equity, Buffalo, NY (Moved to Online).;
  • Mason, J., Reed, A., & Abramovich, S. (2020, June). A Micro-Credential Alliance to Democratize Recognition. Presentation at Badge Summit 2020, Costa Mesa, CA (Moved to Online).;
  • Wardrip, P., Chang, S., Penney, L.., Abramovich, S., Millerjohn, R., Kumar, V., Martin, C., Widman, S., Penuel, W.R., Chang-Order, J., & Halverson, E. (2020, June). Assessment in Hands-On Library Leaning Spaces. Symposium presented at the 2020 ICLS, Nashville, TN (Moved to Online).;
  • 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.;
  • 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.;
Recent Grants:
Grant:
  • Convergence Accelerator Phase I (RAISE): A Universal Framework of Micro-Credentials for Nation-Wide Employment; Federal; National Science Foundation; Awarded; (09/01/2019-09/01/2021)
  • ALLMs: Assessment for Learning in Library Makerspaces; Federal; Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Awarded; (10/02/2018-12/31/2021)
  • 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
    08/01/2014-12/31/2014
Recent Editorships:
Editorship:
  • Guest Editor; Information and Learning Sciences
    01/23/2020-03/31/2021

Contact Information

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

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