Mapping Out Learning: A Tutorial For Using DIBs & Learning Maps

Creating learning maps with DIBs means all materials for a unit or course can be delivered with a single link.  Let’s make a learning map in real time.

Straight to the Video tutorial

This past semester in my MATH098 – Intermediate Algebra class I gave the students a single link that included twelve learning maps that provided both required and supplemental resources. The course included students who were both traditional college students and significantly more adult learners. Students preferred the maps to the LMS delivery system as the Google basis of the map meant it was accessible anywhere they had a data connection as well as on any Google capable device.  The graphical nature of the learning map also communicated either a plan of study or optional paths of study depending on the content.  In this developmental math course students also appreciated the inclusion of “Resource Detours” that included either review or extension materials as students in this course tend not to be “math awesome” or many years have passed since their last formal math encounter. Regardless of age or tech ability, each student could easily understand and follow the learning maps I had assembled from my DIBs, and I think that speaks volumes.

This installment of our DIBs series takes the discrete component we created in the last “Let’s Make a DIB” video about DIBs in the Social Sciences and assembles a unit sized learning map using Google Draw to pull together artifacts, instruction, activities, and resources.  Click the link below to view “Let’s Make a Map” and put everything together.

Let’s Make A Map

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Matthew is the author of the book DIBs: Using Digital Instruction Blocks, available on He is also a board member for the Flipped Learning Network and a Co-founder of the Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network. Matthew is a mathematics teacher with seventeen years of experience at the high school level and has also served as an adjunct instructor at the local community college for the since 2004. He can be followed at  @matthew_t_moore and maintains a web site at


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