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The SUDDS (Scaling Up Digital Design Studies) team seeks to create a unique partnership among practitioners, publishers, technological producers, and university researchers to produce illustrative cutting-edge materials while simultaneously preparing the next generation of digital educational authors and inventors.

We conduct digital design studies that leverage new technologies to address learning challenges in a variety of contexts. Our research is practice-based, iterative, and change-oriented. Starting with a compelling problem or opportunity, we design initial conjectures and develop interactive and creative activities to test them.

We don’t only ask “what works” questions, but also seek to better understand the scenario we are designing for and the tools we build. So, we observe what students can and want to do individually and collectively, and study those processes in real time.

Math-Mapper 6-8


Math-Mapper 6-8 is comprised of a middle grades mathematics learning map, links to free web-based resources, a diagnostic assessment system, and other tools for teachers to support students in navigating the middle grades mathematics terrain. The learning map is built around nine big ideas that organize the content for grades 6-8 into clusters and constructs. Each construct is undergirded by research-based learning trajectories of observable student behaviors.

To get started using Math-Mapper 6-8, follow the link below to create an account. You can always return to our system using your account login credentials.

We are always looking for new partners. Choose “Get in Touch” to contact us or get more information.

Latest Posts

OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 commissioned expert papers
April 26, 2019
The OECD's Future of Education and Skills 2030 project commissioned thought leaders in the field to write papers on a wide range of topics relevant to the project. Read Dr. Confrey's Synthe...
SUDDS at the 2019 Annual Conference for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
April 9, 2019
NCSM April 1, 2019: Engaging Students as Partners in Personalized Learning based on Learning Trajectories Drs. Confrey, Shah, and Persson presented at the NCSM conference in San Diego, C...
STEM Entrepreneurship Competitions
November 28, 2018
Are you an innovator? Do you like using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to invent solutions to messy problems? If so, the SUDDS team needs your help! Who: We’re l
SUDDS Presentation at PME-NA 2018, Greenville, SC
November 14, 2018
Michael Belcher is presenting a talk at 40th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA) in Greenville, So
SUDDS Welcomes New Outreach Director – Dr. Jenn Persson
November 9, 2018
Dr. Jennifer Persson joined the SUDDS team on Monday, November 9 as Director of Outreach. She comes to us from SAS where she worked with EVAAS. She has a PhD from UNC and experience teaching...
SUDDS Team presents at the NCCTM 2018 Annual Conference in Greensboro, NC
November 5, 2018
Meetal Shah and Michael Belcher presented four talks at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) in Greensboro, NC on November 1-2. Mike's first presentation discussed t