Samuel Abramovich

Assistant Professor

Learning and Instruction

Library and Information Studies

 515 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-5009
 samuelab@buffalo.edu


Educational Badges
Online Teacher Resource Exchanges
Gamification
Motivation
Learning Sciences
Emerging Technology in Education

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My research interests include finding and understanding the learning opportunities presented by the intersection between the Learning Sciences and Emerging Technology in order to help guide education improvement and reform. My current research looks at how educational badges and gamification can increase motivation to learn and build next-generation assessment. In the past I have looked at educator interactions in large-scale online systems, the use of games and virtual-reality to teach at-risk youth, and how design-based instruction is best integrated with instruction.

I am currently a Edmund W. Gordon MacArthur Foundation/ETS Fellow. My past experiences include being a HASTAC Media Scholar, a Technology Coordinator for an Independent School, and a Dot-Commer.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Learning Science and Policy, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • M.T., Secondary Social Studies, University of Virginia, 2003
  • B.A., Politics, Brandeis University, 1998

Current Courses

  • LAI 615 Online: Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning (CISL)
  • LAI 685: Learning Technologies and Research
  • LIS 503 Online: Emerging Technologies for Libraries and Information Studies
  • LAI 657 Online: Analysis of Quantitative Research
  • LIS 506 Online: Introduction to Information Technology


Journal Publications

Wardrip, P.S., Abramovich, S., Bathgate, M. & Kim, Y.J. A school-based badging system and interest-based Learning: An exploratory case study. International Journal of Learning and Media (In Press).

Abramovich, S.J, Schunn, C.D., & Correnti, R. J. The Role of Evaluative Metadata in an Online Teacher Resource Exchange. Educational Technology Research & Development (December, 2013).

Abramovich, S.J., Schunn, C.D., & Higashi, R. Are Badges Useful in Education?: It Depends Upon the Type of Badge and Type of Learner. Educational Technology Research & Development (April, 2013).

Abramovich, S.J. & Schunn, C.D. Studying Teacher Selection of Resources in an Ultra-large Scale Interactive System: Does Metadata Guide the Way? Computers & Education (January, 2012).

Conference Publications

Abramovich, S.J. Badges for Jewish Educator Professional Development. Paper presented at the Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) Conference. Los Angeles, CA (June, 2014).

Abramovich, S.J., Wardrip, P.S., Bathgate, M., & Kim, Y.J. The Maturation of a Badge System to Support Interest-Based Learning: A Case Study. Part of the symposium: Innovating Education Practice through Digital Badges: Recent Research, Current Practices, and Future Directions at AERA. Philadelphia, PA (April, 2014).

Abramovich, S.J. & Schunn, C.D. The Relationship between Educational Badges and Motivation. Poster presentation at AERA. San Francisco, CA (April, 2013).

Wardrip, P.S., Abramovich, S., Bathgate, M., & Kim, Y.J. Power-ups and soft skills: An exploratory study of a school- based badging system. Paper presentation at AERA. San Francisco, CA (April, 2013).

Abramovich, S., Wardrip, P.S., Bathgate, M., Kim, Y.J., & Higashi, R. Gamification and Learning: Does Education Need Some 'Stinking' Badges?’. Panel presentation at PAX East. Boston, MA (March, 2013).

Abramovich, S. Teacher Resource Exchanges and Decision Heuristics. Paper presented at CSCW Workshop: CSCW and Education. San Antonio, TX (February, 2013).

Higashi, R., Abramovich, S.J., Shoop, R., Schunn, C.D. The Roles of Badges in the Computer Science Student Network. Paper presented at Games+Learning+Society Conference 8.0. Madison, WI (June, 2012).

Abramovich, S.J. & Schunn, C.D. The Influence of Teacher Created Metadata in Online Resource Exchanges. Paper presented at World Wide Web Conference. Lyon, France (April, 2012).

Abramovich, S.J., Schunn, C.D., Higashi, R., Hunkele, T., & Shoop, R. 'Achievement Systems’ to Boost ‘Achievement Motivation’. Paper presented at Games+Learning+Society Conference 7.0. Madison, WI (June, 2011).

Abramovich, S.J. & Schunn, C.D. Teachers Exchanging Materials in Web 2.0. Paper presented at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Nashville, TN (March, 2011).

Abramovich, S.J. & Schunn, C.D. Using a Taxonomy of Design with Students. Talk presented at International Technology Education Association. Charlottes, NC (March, 2010).