Sam A. Leif

Sam Leif (they/them) earned their Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their research focuses on the development and assessment of expertise in digital environments. Additionally, Sam writes on topics of ethical data collection and representation of minority voices in research. Sam holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a BS in Human Services Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as a Master of Library and Information Science from San José State University.


Towards a Living Systematic Review: Updating Trends of Psychometric Analysis Evidence in Game-Based Assessments
Sam A. Leif, Danielle L. Head, Joseph P. Fiorentini. © 2023. 36 pages.
Calls for examining the psychometric properties of games as assessments have continued to circulate in subsequent years. Therefore, the current authors posit that the foundation...
The Power and Perseverance of Liberal Arts Internships During COVID-19
Sam A. Leif, Jenna Heath, Kass Moore. © 2022. 13 pages.
Virtual internships have the potential to offer the same benefits as in-person internships such as technical skill development, knowledge application, and communication skills....
Data-Triangulation Through Multiple Methods: The Case for Stealth Assessment
Michael P. McCreery, Danielle L. Head, S. Kathleen Krach, Sam A. Leif, Joseph P. Fiorentini. © 2022. 26 pages.
Rating scales are a traditional method for gathering social, emotional, and behavioral data. However, rating scales are at risk for validity problems associated with biased...
Transformative Social and Emotional Learning: Examining Learning Management Systems Through the Pairing of Digital Learning Environments
Joseph P. Fiorentini, Michael P. McCreery, Le Quanda L. Cole, Sam A. Leif, Malaya M. Monk, Jessica R. Bagneris, Danielle L. Head. © 2021. 23 pages.
COVID-19 required teachers and administrators to swiftly transition traditional education into learning management systems (LMS). However, LMSs are designed as delivery trucks...