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UDL 101: An Online Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

online course

Monday, February 3 – Monday, April 27, 2020

Students and teachers working at computers

Educators (general, special education, curriculum coordinators, administrators, instructional technology specialists, paraprofessionals, college and university faculty, adult education faculty and presenters, etc.), teams of educators at all levels, parents, and families.


We know from experience and science that individuals learn in varied ways—ways that are particular to them. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. In this introductory course, participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction. Each course section brings together up to 20 educators in an online community of practice. The course consists of 14 sessions.

This course is designed for anyone interested in the theory and practice of UDL. While many of our examples are K-12 focused, higher education faculty are welcome and encouraged to take this course to learn about UDL theory and consider how to apply it to their curricula.

Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will gain:

  • Working knowledge of the theory and research basis of UDL, including how individual variability plays out in different educational environments
  • Strategies for evaluating and improving lessons to reach more varied learners and to support high levels of engagement and achievement for all learners
  • Tips, guidelines, and techniques for applying UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units that need to be aligned to educational standards
  • Strategies for using new technologies, to make the curriculum more effective
  • Access to and tips on using CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools such as Book Builder, UDL Studio, UDL Editions, and UDL Curriculum Self-Check

To learn more about this course, contact Alie Berg at 781-245-2212, ext 248 or This online course is offered in Spring (February 3 – April 27, 2020), Summer (June 1 – August 24, 2020), and Fall (September 14 – December 14, 2020) sessions.

Please note: The tuition for this facilitated online course is $1000.00. A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution who register together.

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