Free UDL Webinar Series

CAST Professional Learning offers free webinars to the public that focus on a variety of topics related to UDL and learning such as learner variability, lesson design, UDL implementation and more! Check our website often to see what webinars are coming up.


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Previous Webinar Recordings

Stories from the Field: UDL at Goodwin College

Paula Dowd, Ed.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Natural Sciences
Kieasha Goods, M.Ed. Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of General Education
Randy Laist, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English, Department of General Education
Diana J. LaRocco, Ed.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social and Educational Sciences
Danielle Wilken, Ed.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

What does Universal Design for Learning look like in a higher education context? How does UDL apply across different disciplines with rigorous content goals? According to our expert panelists, UDL is having a significant impact on student learning in higher education. From course design to materials selection to reflection and feedback, UDL is now part of the Goodwin College identity. Our guest panelists shared their struggles and successes implementing UDL in post-secondary education.

Stories From the Field: Visual Arts & UDL

Liz Byron, Boston Public Schools; Kate Egnaczak, Lizzie Fortin, Amie Nemes, Ann Rokosky, and Katie Switzer, Worcester Public Schools

What does Universal Design for Learning look like in practice? How does UDL apply to visual arts curricula? According to our expert panelists, not only can UDL apply to the visual arts, but it is essential for success. The typical visual arts educator sees anywhere from 300 to 600 learners each week. Wow… talk about learner variability! Our panelists have been intensively studying and applying UDL to their practice in a weekly professional learning community for the past two years. These captivating voices from Worcester and Boston, MA shared their stories, their struggles, and lessons learned in their UDL journeys.

UDL & Cultural Variability, Part 2

Each of us has a story — a narrative written by our experiences and our environments. We also have implicit biases — subtle or subconscious beliefs that influence our actions and decisions, whether we recognize them or not. As educators working with an incredible diversity of learners every day, how can we be more aware of our own stories and design learning environments that embrace our learners’ stories, empowering all learners to reach high expectations? Joni Degner, James-Etta Goodloe, Loui Lord Nelson, and Kavita Rao shared their powerful stories, discussed how Universal Design for Learning aligns with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and collected resources for participants to use in their learning environment for building cultural awareness and meaningful self-reflection.

Unleash the Positive Energy

There are an estimated 4.9 million young adults ages 16-24 in America who are neither in work nor school. Of these, there are estimated to be as many as 3 million youth living in poverty who are not in education, employment or training. These are the opportunity youth with whom YouthBuild programs around the country work. YouthBuild leaders Jason Marshall, Michael Anderson, Isa Galvez Lara, and Shawn Nicholson led a conversation that left webinar participants inspired to become part of the movement to build a more just society where there are sufficient opportunities for all people in all communities to fulfill their own potential and contribute to the well-being of others. Download the webinar captioning transcript (rtf).  

Design So All Succeed

Goalbook’s mission is to empower educators to transform instruction so that all students succeed. Together with CAST, Goalbook explored the following essential question:  How can we design instruction so that all students succeed? They engaged in a hands-on, user-centered design thinking process and worked to put the “design” in Universal Design for Learning, grounded in the belief that purposeful design has the power to transform our classrooms and our schools. Shara Watkins, Partnership Success Manager at Goalbook and Kim Ducharme, Director of Educational User Experience Design from CAST, presented an interactive session that left participants feeling empowered to tackle challenges in their classrooms and at their schools using the design thinking process. Download the webinar captioning transcript (rtf).

Celebrating a Career of Innovation: A Retirement Farewell Conversation
with David Rose

Imagine that every individual in the world has the opportunity to access, build skills, and to become an expert learner. This is the vision David Rose shared 33 years ago when he and co-founder Anne Meyer started CAST, the Center for Applied Special Technology, with a small team from North Shore Children’s Hospital. They envisioned radical changes for education, driven by the latest developments in technology, brain science, and design. They developed the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and innovative tools and resources that impacted every learning environment imaginable – from classrooms, lecture halls, online programs, curricular materials, instructional goals, afterschool programs, museums, and more. They informed policy, with the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), the National Education Technology Act, the Higher Education Act, and the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this webinar, participants joined CAST staff to thank the retiring David Rose for his leadership, reminisce about his career, learn some behind-the-scenes stories about CAST and UDL, and hear some of his ideas and hopes for the future.  Download the webinar captioning transcript (rtf).

UDL Stories from the Field

We know learners vary in how they build background, demonstrate understanding, and engage in learning experiences. Similarly, schools and systems are variable, including how they integrate Universal Design for Learning. CAST led a conversation with three K-12 districts from different parts of the United States as they shared their UDL implementation stories. What was a driving need for their school? How has UDL had an impact, especially for underserved learners? What systems and structures supported their work? How does the research behind the UDL guidelines come to life beyond a single classroom to become part of the culture of a school and a district? Districts included Sanger, CA, Columbus, IN, and Revere, MA.  Download the webinar presentation (pdf).  Download the webinar captioning transcript (rtf).

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Meet the UDL-IRN

The Implementation Research Network (IRN) is a global community that works to “change the game” of teaching and learning. Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, IRN educators and researchers inspire practice, share resources, and gather evidence on the impact on learning. In this free webinar, participants joined the UDL-IRN Board of Directors in a discussion to learn about the organization, the 2017 UDL-IRN Summit, and upcoming UDL credentialing opportunities. What does this mean for educators? What are the challenges and opportunities to UDL credentialing? Resources were shared with the goal of engaging discourse and practice.  Download the webinar presentation (pdf).  Download the webinar captioning transcript (rtf).

UDL and Cultural Variability

How does Universal Design for Learning (UDL) help educators address the challenges of cultural diversity in the classroom? How can learners’ cultural differences be leveraged to inspire more innovation, creativity, and expert learning? Loui Lord Nelson, UDL author and consultant, and Joni Degner, UDL specialist and educator, led a discussion about using the UDL framework to improve teaching and learning in culturally rich classrooms.  Download the webinar presentation (pdf).  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

UDL Planning for the Fall: Courses & Syllabi for Postsecondary

Lillian Nave Goudas and Lindsay Masland from College Star in North Carolina lead a discussion on how Universal Design for Learning can be integrated into courses, instruction, and syllabi before fall semester classes begin. Practical strategies and resources were shared.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

UDL Planning for the Fall: Lessons & Collaboration for PreK-12

Authors and practitioners Patti Ralabate and Elizabeth Stein lead a discussion about six steps for Universal Design for Learning lesson planning and collaborative classroom teaching practices that address learner variability. Participants learned practical steps and collected resources that they can incorporate into their instructional design before their learners arrive this next school year. Download the Prek12 Webinar Resources pdf.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

UDL in the Cloud

In this webinar, Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau shared how to design and deliver engaging, accessible, and effective online learning experiences based on their book UDL in the Cloud. Whether you are developing e-courses, virtual snow days, flipped classes, or blended learning experiences in K-12 or postsecondary settings, Novak and Thibodeau offered a highly practical approach that draws on years of experience. Click here to access the captioning transcript.


With the new Every Student Succeeds Act,  federal K-12 education law now defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a scientifically-based approach for personalizing learning.  What does ESSA say about UDL? What are the implications for education practitioners and researchers? This webinar included a presentation and discussion with Lindsay Jones from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and Laura A. Schifter, former senior education and disability advisor for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Understanding the Effects of Stigmas and Stereotypes, a UDL Perspective

Stereotype threat is a subtle, but pervasive, influence on student achievement, effort, and motivation. Under stereotype threat, an individual feels at risk to confirm a negative perception that may exist of a group to which he or she belongs. There are simple strategies educators can employ to mitigate the effects of stereotype threat.  In this webinar, CAST’s Director of Research, Sami Daley, discussed CAST’s current research on stereotype threat, how it can influence classroom dynamics, and what strategies can be integrated.  Click here to download the webinar presentation, here to download some great stigmas and stereotypes resources, and here to download the Mastery Oriented Feedback card.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

UDL in the Snow

As winter approaches, the potential for snow and weather cancellations can bring anticipation and trepidation for teachers. There is a level of uncertainty: How many days of school will we miss? How can we cover all the content and still keep students engaged? George Van Horn and Nick Williams, district leaders from Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC), a school district that has successfully implemented UDL, offered strategies for educators to help proactively plan for snow days using the UDL framework.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

A Perspective on Trauma and Learning from the Center for Social Innovation

Trauma can be a subtle but powerful influence on students and their learning. In this webinar, guest speaker Rachel Latta, Director of Trauma and Violence Prevention at the Center for Social Innovation discussed trauma, what it looks like, and how trauma-informed principles and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can offer practical strategies for educators to support students in their classrooms.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Back to School with UDL

In this webinar, UDL expert teachers shared proactive strategies they used in their classrooms and lessons for the anticipated learner variability of their students this school year. They discussed specific strategies, tools, and ideas through the lens of the UDL framework. The focus for this webinar was K-12 classrooms.  Stay tuned for upcoming higher education options!  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Learning Analytics: Using Student Data to Measure Emotion

In this webinar, we talked with Garron Hillaire, CAST’s Education Software Architect, about innovative research and work on emotional measurement. He reviewed the state of the field for emotional measurement, including how we measure and understand emotions with existing data, methods for acquiring data from simple techniques like observational protocols to complex methods such as deep machine learning, and intelligent tutoring systems. He also discussed how this data might be used to inform classroom practice – so that emotion and cognition are integral for learning.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Teaching ELLs: UDL Strategies that Work!

The number of English language learners has been on the sharp rise for the past couple of decades. How do educators ensure they are supporting the needs of this emerging, heterogeneous, and often under-served population of learners? CAST’s Allison Posey, Rachel Currie-Rubin, and Christina Bosch led a lively discussion on practical classroom strategies, through the lens of the UDL framework, that will help educators reach all learners – including ELLs.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Practical Tools for UDL Lesson Design

During this webinar, CAST’s Allison Posey and Rachel Currie-Rubin discussed practical resources and tools that can be integrated immediately into practice, and that align with the UDL principles. We invited educators from all levels to benefit from some of the exciting resources freely available.  Click here to upload the transcript.

Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice

In this webinar, expert classroom educators Jon Mundorf (Naples, FL) and Alexis Reid (Boston, MA) discussed the ways in which UDL helps them teach more effectively and reach more students. They talked about some of the challenges of applying UDL principles and shared proven strategies for success. David Gordon, co-author of the 2014 book Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, which features both Jon and Alexis, joined them to talk about how the growing community of UDL practitioners is informing and shaping the theory. CAST Professional Learning’s Allison Posey moderated.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning

Loui Lord Nelson’s book, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, breaks down the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints into easily understood language using classroom strategies and design techniques proven to be successful in a wide variety of classrooms.  During this webinar, Loui discussed highlights from the book including goal and assessment design, classroom design, and the use of UDL as a design tool.  Click here to to access the captioning transcript.

UDL Myths & Misconceptions

Do you have a burning question about UDL that you’d like clarified?  For example, ‘What is the difference between UDL and differentiated instruction?’ Or, ‘Do I need technology in order to implement UDL?’  In this webinar, some of the most frequent myths and misconceptions around UDL were discussed, as well as the current CAST research and thinking being done to address these myths. Included in the conversation were CAST co-founder, David Rose and CAST’s Director of Online Learning, Rachel Currie-Rubin.   Click here to access the captioning transcript.

CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus

This webinar showcased UDL On Campus, a new web resource from CAST.  UDL On Campus is a collection of resources that help postsecondary educators and administrators improve instruction through Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  The online resource is provided at no charge to users at UDL On Campus offers educators tutorials and practical resources in UDL theory and practice across five categories: (1) Assessment, (2) Selecting Media and Technology, (3) Improving Institutional Policies and Practices, (4) Planning Your Course, and (5) Teaching Approaches. Within each category, users can find resources that demonstrate specific ways to address learner variability at the postsecondary level in an effort to improve learning opportunities, retention, and outcomes.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

UDL Now!

In her book, UDL Now! Katie Novak offers practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a framework for inclusive education that aims to lower barriers to learning and optimize each individual’s opportunity to learn. In this webinar, Katie discussed her book and answered questions from the audience. Click here to access the captioning transcript. 

A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability

“Individuals are unique and learn in ways that are particular to them. And in the past quarter century, science has elucidated the great variability of the human capacity to learn…” (p. 49, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice). In this webinar, David Rose and CAST Research Scientist Samantha Daley discussed the variability of learning and its implications for education. Specifically, they talked about recent findings in variability of affective networks that are involved in student engagement and it’s impact on learning and performance.  Click here to access the captioning transcript.

Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion

In this CAST Professional Learning webinar Anne Meyer, David Rose, and David Gordon discussed their new book: Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice.

UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?

In this CAST Professional Learning webinar held on December 13, 2013, Director of Implementation Dr. Patti Ralabate discussed the five phases of CAST’s UDL Implementation Process, described what UDL implementation looks like, and shared CAST’s services and tools that support integrating UDL implementation with other initiatives, such as the Common Core State Standards.