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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

SUDDS Team Awarded Prestigious $1.2 Million ITEST Grant
June 4, 2018
Listen to Dr. Confrey on the Math Ed Podcast!
May 22, 2018
Last week, Dr. Confrey sat down with Kim Morrow Leong on the Math Ed Podcast to talk about her career in math education and her latest work. Have a listen!
The STEM for All Online Video Showcase is happening now!
May 14, 2018
We are thrilled to participate in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase this year, joining over 200 federally-funded STEM education research projects in a dynamic online exchange of ideas. Th...
SUDDS April 2018 Newsletter
April 24, 2018
What We’ve Been Up To We’re at NCSM and NCTM this week! If you’re at the conferences in Washington, DC this week, come find us to learn more about our work. Presented at AERA. Last
Percent Study: Takeaways for Teachers
March 1, 2018
In October and November 2017, we conducted a design study on percents with our seventh-grade student and teacher partners at Highland Middle School in Harnett County, NC. Following the stud...
SUDDS 7th-Grade Percent Unit
March 1, 2018
We developed a percent unit for last fall's design study with our partner school district in Harnett County, NC. We then revised the materials based on feedback from teachers and students, a...