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.

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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...
SUDDS February 2018 Newsletter
February 13, 2018
What We’ve Been Up To Visit to Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. On January 11-12, Dr. Confrey was an invited guest at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, for a me
SUDDS January 2018 Newsletter
January 8, 2018
What We've Been Up To Dr. Confrey presents at London Seminar. In December, Dr. Confrey traveled to London to give a talk called “Centering Instruction around Student Thinking and Doing,
SUDDS November 2017 Newsletter
November 22, 2017
What We’ve Been Up To Presentation at NC School/University Partnership Conference, Wilmington, NC. On October 21, Project/Outreach Coordinator Will McGowan and Graduate Research A
SUDDS September 2017 Newsletter
September 7, 2017
What We’ve Been Up To   Summer work with our partner schools. Teachers from our partner schools met with SUDDS team members to review revisions (or updates) to student and teach