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Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Learn How to Support and Challenge All Students in Inclusive Classrooms.

The facilitated course Introduction to Universal Design for Learning will provide opportunities for PK-12 practitioners to personalize their UDL implementation experience. This course is modeled after the best-selling book, UDL Now! A Teacher's Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today's Classrooms. Whether you’re a UDL beginner, or a seasoned veteran, there will be new resources and assignments that will stretch your thinking about what you and your students are capable of as expert learners.


The goal of this course is to give all educators the foundation to be able to proactively design lessons and assessments that support and challenge all students in inclusive classrooms. 

Each module will include a variety of materials to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. Additionally, although educators are required to design and implement a UDL strategy or lesson in each module and reflect on the effectiveness of the strategy, there will be numerous options for action and expression so all course assignments are relevant, authentic, meaningful, and aligned to educator practice.

At a Glance






September 16 - November 14, 2021








Tom thibodeau

Course Objectives

Understand and be able to incorporate the fundamental concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the design of standards-based lessons, units, and assessments that consistently engage students in inclusive classrooms.
Create learning experiences that guide students to identify their strengths, interests, and needs; problem-solve; ask for support when appropriate; take academic risks; and challenge themselves to learn.

Learn how to optimize UDL through tech tools, PLCs, and more!


About Your Instructor

Tom Thibodeau is the co-author of UDL in the Cloud and currently oversees and provides online professional development courses with Katie Novak. Before working with Novak Education, Tom worked as an assistant provost at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI for 19 years. As assistant provost, Tom served as the division chair for nine academic departments with 23 degree programs (AS, BS, MS & Doctorate) and over 1,200 students. He also led faculty development, outcomes assessment, and attendance tracking through a team-based approach. As the facilitator of new faculty orientation, Tom stressed the use of UDL, active learning, problem-based learning, and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. He managed the development of NEIT’s first online degree program in Information Technology and implemented a new curriculum mapping process throughout the university. Tom started at NEIT in 1990 as an adjunct instructor in video production and then an assistant professor, department chair, and director of the Center for Distributed Learning and the Faculty Resource Center. He has been working in online learning since 1996.


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

Our standard pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding group pricing, district-based course options,  or to request a purchase order, contact us.

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. Learn more about our graduate partners Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.