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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Upcoming CAST Free Webinars

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Previous Webinar Recordings

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.