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Introduction: Explore Universal Design for Learning

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Postsecondary & CTE: Instructor-Led Course

Tuesday, September 10 – Friday, November 1, 2024

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET
Find out when this starts in your time zone.

Online only!


Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn can make the postsecondary teaching and learning experience better for everyone. At the core of the UDL framework is the belief that learners are variable – what works for one learner will not work for the entire class. CAST’s Postsecondary and Workforce Development division offers a hybrid course to prepare higher education faculty, instructional designers, and administrators to apply the Universal Design for Learning framework in their courses and programs. The course content includes strategies to revamp learning goals, materials, technologies, methods, and assessments to remove barriers to learning for students. Creating and procuring accessible educational materials and technologies is emphasized as a critical aspect of UDL implementation. Upon course completion participants are eligible to submit a portfolio to receive the Postsecondary UDL credential.

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

  • A broad overview of the UDL framework and its applications to postsecondary learning environments
  • Skills required to create and vet accessible educational materials
  • An understanding of how to support self-regulation and executive function for learners
  • Strategies for assessing student learning that incorporate flexibility in how students respond

Who should enroll?

This course is designed primarily for instructors (faculty, adjuncts, lecturers), instructional designers, and administrators at postsecondary institutions.

To learn more about this online course, contact Sarah Hocking, Postsecondary & Workforce Operations Manager at

Course Structure

This 8-week course consists of 4 modules, each lasting two-weeks in length. Each module will have one large-group, 90-minute, live Zoom session, one 60-minute facilitated small group meeting and self-paced learning.

Live sessions will be recorded and posted on the website for those who may need to miss a session, though we encourage you to be present, if possible, to get the most of your learning experience.

Sample Module Schedule:

  • Week 1: 90-minute live zoom session; remainder of the week self-paced learning
  • Week 2: 60-minute small group facilitated meeting; remainder of the week self-paced learning

Self-paced learning includes a website with online content from our trainers and a virtual workbook with writing prompts and to use for notetaking as you work through each module.

Live Zoom Presentations

All presentations will be held from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Module 1: Getting Started with UDL, September 10, 2024
  • Module 2: Accessibility in the Context of UDL, September 24, 2024
  • Module 3: Addressing self-regulation through UDL, October 8, 2024
  • Module 4: Re-envisioning assessment with a UDL lens, October 22, 2024
  • Module 4: Culmination, November 1, 2024


Fee: $850 per person

Register here!

Refund Policy: 

Full refunds will be given to participants who email their withdrawal up to 7 days after the start of the course. Due to course demand, grading, and other work done on the part of course instructors and administrators, no refunds can be provided for withdrawals or no-shows once the above-listed deadlines have passed.

Online Course Withdrawal Policy: 

Withdrawals must be submitted via email to Sarah Hocking, Postsecondary & Workforce Operations Manager at

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