Scaling Up
Digital Design Studies

We design and investigate learning environments to address real problems in education

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.

The SUDDS Digital Learning System

SUDDS Digital Learning System (DLS) for middle grades is comprised of a learning map, links to free web-based resources, and a diagnostic assessment system. The 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 the SUDDS DLS, follow the link below to create an account. You can always return to our system using your account login credentials.

SUDDS DLS and Learning Map

Articles

In light of the recent discussion and review of mathematics standards in North Carolina, we feel it is important for the voices of mathematics educators be heard. We represent NC mathematics education organizations and individuals with considerable expertise in the issues at stake.
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Read the research brief on the effectiveness of integrated mathematics curricula by Dr. Jere Confrey and Dr. Erin Krupa, sent to the North Carolina School Board and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
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Team News

The Visual (UI/UX) Designer is primarily responsible for designing features of the team’s MathMapper 6-8 software as specified by the Learning Science and Measurement teams. This position will actively provide recommendations and collaborate with the team around the continuous evolution and improvement of existing soft…
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We are currently seeking candidates for a temporary front end software engineer position. The Software Engineer/Programmer is a key role in the Confrey Research Group, serving as an experienced developer who can work effectively on front-end development. S/He will build the overall system prototype including revisions.
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Presentations

Meetal Shah’s study investigated how middle grades students solved problems that involved the addition and subtraction of fractional magnitudes using an interactive number line (NL) and coordinated the context and the features of the digital tool in doing so.
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Dr. Jere Confrey will present a talk on the research foundations of the learning progressions which underlie the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
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Meet the Team

Dr. Jere Confrey

Dr. Jere Confrey

Principal Investigator

Will McGowan

Dr. Will McGowan

Project/Outreach Coordinator

Dr. Garron Gianopulos

Dr. Garron Gianopulos

Psychometrician

Margaret Hennessey

Margaret Hennessey

Senior Research Scholar

Yungjae Kim

Yungjae Kim

Lead Software Engineer

David Meza

David Meza

Junior Developer

Ashley Willard

Ashley Willard

UX / Visual Designer

Meetal Shah

Meetal Shah

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael Belcher

Michael Belcher

Graduate Research Assistant

Jamaal Pittman

Jamaal D. Pittman

Copy Editor