UDL101A: Deeper Engagement of All Learners: Motivation and Emotion in the UDL Classroom – A Facilitated Self-paced Course


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This facilitated, self-paced course on the role of emotion in learning consists of 14 sessions, and examines how motivation and engagement affect learning and how UDL can be used to facilitate self regulatory skills that support deep learning. Using the UDL Guidelines, participants learn to help students develop the emotional skills that support persistence, motivation, and a belief in their own competence.  Participants will also learn how to adapt their own curriculum to target the most resistant and challenging students with practical tools.


This is a facilitated experience.  Students are asked to discuss their learning with the course facilitator each week, and will receive feedback.  At the end of the course, participants apply the UDL guidelines to a lesson in their own context.

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

  • Usable knowledge of the research on how learners vary in emotion and how this variability impacts cognition.
  • Strategies for evaluating demands and stress on students that affect learning.
  • Practical tips and techniques for improving lessons and assessments so they support high levels of engagement and achievement for all learners.
  • “Monday-morning” strategies drawn from research to help students become persistent, self-regulated learners.
  • Access to and tips on using CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools such as: Book Builder, UDL Studio, UDL Editions, and UDL Curriculum Self-Check

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 4 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
  • Support students to become expert learners
  • Apply research on impact of emotion on learning
  • Implement UDL strategies into their practice to improve student engagement

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 45-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.