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UDL in Higher Education

Higher education faculty encounter a diverse student population with various learning needs, whether teaching in a traditional classroom setting, hybrid, or online. Too many students are failing to succeed and student retention continues to be an enormous issue. As institutions struggle to recruit, engage, and retain their students, it is time to evaluate whether current instructional practices are still working for students.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that encourages instructors to design and deliver courses using flexible instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments with embedded choices and scaffolds to meet the needs of your diverse learning population. UDL takes into consideration that students learn differently and, therefore, should be provided with different options for learning materials and for demonstrating learning.

This course will help you understand the basic principles of UDL, and how to use the guidelines and philosophies to create a safe learning environment where students are invested, engaged, and thriving. We will also cover how the use of technology can assist teachers and trainers with creating flexible curricula that facilitate 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













Course Objectives

Equip higher education faculty with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to accommodate diverse learning needs in both traditional and online classroom settings.
Empower instructors to apply UDL guidelines and philosophies to design flexible instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that foster student engagement and success in higher education.
Enable educators to leverage technology effectively to implement UDL strategies and create inclusive learning environments that support all students, ultimately improving student retention and academic outcomes in higher education.

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 partners. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling.