Our Team

We are a growing, dedicated team of researchers devoted to understanding the benefits, challenges and uses of open education. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any questions or additional information about the lab. We are always looking for new partners and research opportunities.


Samuel Abramovich, PhD

Sam is an assistant professor of education informatics in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Trained as a learning scientist, he is a leading scholar on emerging technology such as digital badges and online education resources. His research focuses on unpacking the benefits and challenges of open source technologies for education, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies that can inform both theory and practice.

Member Scholar/Outreach Coordinator

Mark McBride

Mark is the director of libraries at Monroe Community College. Involved with the open education movement in SUNY, McBride is a leading voice for open educational resources (OERs) in SUNY and around the country. A member of the OER advisory council for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Mark is focused on measuring the impact of OER in education so educators and educational institutions can make informed decisions about OER. Further, Mark is currently a graduate student in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo pursuing his PhD.