UDL in Higher Education

Students are unique individuals who require unique methods to learn. Too many students are failing to succeed in higher education and student retention continues to be an enormous issue. As institutions of higher education struggle to recruit, engage, and retain their students, it may be time to evaluate whether current instructional practices are still working for students.

Are you creating a safe learning environment where students are invested, engaged, and thriving? Are your students provided with options for the ways in which they learn and express what they know or can do?

As higher education class sizes grow, and more courses shift to online platforms, teachers and trainers may find it difficult to reach each student individually. This course will show how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the use of technology can work together so that teachers and trainers can create flexible curricula that facilitates instructional differentiation to support all students in a higher education setting, regardless of varying needs.

Click the link below to schedule a personalized, facilitated online course for your district.

At a Glance














Tom Thibodeau

Course Objectives


Learn how to effectively implement Universal Design for Learning to enhance student outcomes.


Examine the concept of the learner and how various digital technologies can shape student learning in face-to-face and online classroom settings.


 Learn to determine variables that impact student learning including a student’s motivation to learn and identify specific strategies that can provide multiple means of representation to students to increase their expression and engagement regardless of variability.


About Your Instructor

Tom Thibodeau is an educator and author. Thibodeau is the co-author of “UDL in the Cloud” with Dr. Katie Novak and currently oversees and provides online professional development courses with Novak Education. He served as an assistant provost at the New England Institute of Technology for 18 years until his retirement in 2020. As assistant provost, he served as the division chair for seven academic departments with 18 degree programs (AS, BS, MS and PPD) and over 1,200 students. He also led faculty development, outcomes assessment and attendance tracking through a team-based approach. As facilitator of new faculty orientation, Thibodeau stressed the use of UDL, active learning, problem-based learning and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. He managed development of NEIT’s first online degree program in Information Technology in 1998 and implemented a new curriculum mapping process. He has been involved in online education since 1996 and has seen, firsthand, the impact that positive planning and design can have on student engagement, especially when these are designed to meet the needs of all learners. 


What to Expect


  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and weekly assignments and/or discussions.
  • Direct interaction and feedback from your instructor and the opportunity to build community with your classmates through course discussion boards.
  • Lots of options and choices - UDL is at the foundation of everything we do.
  • Participants will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework). 
  • All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.

Pricing Options

The fee listed above covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. Bulk discounts are available on registration fees for groups of 3 or more. Please contact Lindie Johnson for details.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

As long as you receive a grade of C or better, you will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our university partner. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partner Gordon College.