UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory into Practice – A Facilitated Self-paced Course

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This course consists of a set of seven introductory modules that provide an  introduction to Universal Design for Learning, a framework for addressing learner variability and supporting all learners to gain the knowledge and skills they need to become strategic, self-motivated, and goal directed expert learners.


This is a facilitated experience. In this course participants are asked to explore media, and engage in “Try It” activities to put the principles of UDL into action in their own kindergarten through post-secondary classrooms. Students are also asked to discuss their learning with the course facilitator each week. At the end of the course, participants apply the UDL guidelines to a lesson in their own context.

In this experience, participants will:

  • Explore resources related to the theory and research basis of UDL including research on learner variability.
  • Learn about the UDL guidelines to learn how to reach the wide variety of learners in their classrooms.
  • Try out the UDL guidelines in practice.
  • Discuss their learning and receive feedback on their ideas from the facilitator.

To learn more about this online course, including the option of taking the course for graduate credit, contact Alie Berg at 781-245-2212, ext 248 or by email at aberg@cast.org.

We also offer this course (in a facilitated, scheduled format) to PreK-postsecondary institutions, as well as other organizations. For more information please contact Madeline Reggiannini, Operations & Marketing Manager, at 781-245-2212, ext 240 or mreggiannini@cast.org.


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You can take this course at any time. Upon enrolling in the course, you will have access for 3 months. After that time, your account will be closed and you will no longer have access. Course extensions are not permitted, except in the case of illness. (A doctor’s note is required.)


A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution who register together.
If you are enrolling a team of 5 or more from the same organization please email aberg@cast.org before enrolling.

Who Should Enroll?

Educators (general, special education, curriculum coordinators, administrators, instructional technology specialists, paraprofessionals, college and university faculty, adult education faculty and presenters, etc.) and teams of educators at all levels who are interested in learning about:

  • How to address the learner variability in every classroom and school
  • How to support students to become expert learners
  • Cutting edge research from the learning sciences
  • How to implement UDL strategies into their practice

This course is also open to parents who are interested in learning about UDL and how it can benefit their children

Credit Equivalency

Coursework for this module is equivalent to a 22.5-contact-hour, graduate-level course. Participants who complete the course with a C- (71%) or better will receive an email that contains a printable PDF of an official CAST certificate.