Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes

Learn the key concepts of UDL and gain the knowledge you need to start using UDL in your lesson and assessment design for both traditional and remote settings.

  • The Case for UDL

    Educators will dive into the theory and practice of Universal Design for Learning and explore how UDL is used as a framework for inclusive practice that allows for more accessible and equitable learning environments.

  • The Principles of UDL

    Educators will understand what UDL is and how to apply the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints to their teaching practice both in face-to-face sessions and through online learning.

  • Implementing UDL

    Educators will learn strategies and explore tools and resources to help deliver a universally designed education to learners in all environments.

About the Course

How the Course Works:

  • Start each module by completing the short self-assessment. These are diagnostic assessments and are ungraded. They are there to help you understand where your current knowledge stands. 
  • Watch the video introducing each module
  • Dive deeper into the content. Review readings and resources, the key is to self-differentiate. Choose what that works best for you and helps you better understand the content and engage with the lesson
  • Post to the discussion board, interact with your classmates if you choose to, and make connections
  • Taking the course for grad credit? Complete a final project for feedback
  • Receive your completion certificate for 45 continuing education hours or 3 graduate-level continuing education credits (as applicable)

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Module 1: Equity, Equality, and Social Justice: The Case for UDL

    • Module 1 Self Assessment

    • Module 1 Video

    • Module 1 Resources

    • Module 1 Discussion Board

  • 3

    Module 2: Variability not Disability

    • Module 2 Self-Assessment

    • Module 2 Video

    • Module 2 Resources

    • Module 2 Discussion Board

  • 4

    Module 3: The UDL Guidelines and Expert Learning

    • Module 3 Self-Assessment

    • Module 3 Video

    • Module 3 Resources

    • Module 3 Discussion Board

  • 5

    Module 4: The Why of Learning: The Engagement Network

    • Module 4 Self-Assessment

    • Module 4 Video

    • Module 4 Resources

    • Module 4 Discussion Board

  • 6

    Module 5: The What of Learning: The Representation Network

    • Module 5 Self-Assessment

    • Module 5 Video

    • Module 5 Resources

    • Module 5 Discussion Board

  • 7

    Module 6: The How of Learning: The Affective Network

    • Module 6 Self-Assessment

    • Module 6 Video

    • Module 6: Resources

    • Module 6 Discussion Board

  • 8

    Module 7: Backward Designing Lesson Plans with UDL

    • Module 7 Self-Assessment

    • Module 7 Video

    • Module 7 Resources

    • Module 7 Discussion Board

  • 9

    Module 8: Culturally Responsive Design and UDL

    • Module 8 Self-Assessment

    • Module 8 Video

    • Module 8 Resources

    • Module 8 Discussion Board

  • 10

    Module 9: Community & Collaboration: You Can’t Do It Alone

    • Module 9 Self-Assessment

    • Module 9 Video

    • Module 9 Resources

    • Module 9 Discussion Board

  • 11

    Module 10: Self-Assessment & Implementing UDL

    • Module 10 Self-Assessment

    • Module 10 Video

    • Module 10 Resources

    • Module 10 Discussion Board

  • 12

    Final Project

    • Final Project! - Grad Students

    • Course Feedback: We are always looking to learn and grow and would love it if you could take a few minutes to complete the below survey to help us understand what worked best and what needs improvement with this online course.


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About the Instructor

President, Novak Educational Consulting

Katie Novak

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant and co-author of Innovate Inside the Box with George Couros. With 17 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and seven published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

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