Fundamentals of Universal Design for Learning

Description: This 6-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of universal design for learning. It is designed for introducing and summarizing the UDL framework, CAST website, and the UDL on Campus website with captions and transcript.

Sessions tend to sell out weeks in advance but are offered several times each year. You only need to sign up for one session.

2024 Sessions

Click on a date range to register for that session.

Format:  Students receive an access code for the course after registering. Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the 6-week period, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace.  Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material. Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend.

Weekly Chat Schedule:  The following times are tentative and may change according to instructor availability. Please review the chat schedule and times after you login into the course.

  • Week 1: Thursday at 1:00 pm CT
  • Week 2: Thursday at 1:00 pm CT
  • Week 3: Thursday at 1:00 pm CT
  • Week 4: Thursday at 1:00 pm CT
  • Week 5: Thursday at 1:00 pm CT
  • Week 6: Thursday at 1:00 pm CT

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and summarize the UDL framework, accessibility considerations, and several educational technologies that can be used in the library to improve access and equity.
  • Investigate different UDL techniques and distinguish which techniques would be applicable at their own libraries.
  • Brainstorm about ways to implement UDL in their own libraries.
  • Formulate a plan for UDL implementation in the library.

Who Should Attend

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience. Academic Librarians, School Librarians and Public Librarians may especially have use for learning about UDL.


  • Breanne Kirsch is the University Librarian at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Kristina Clement is the Student Outreach and Sponsored Programs Librarian at Kennesaw State University.
  • Jennifer Sturge is the Student Outreach and Sponsored Programs Librarian, Kennesaw State University.



  • $196.71 Core members;
  • $224.10 ALA members;
  • $249 non-members.

How to Register

Register here

By Mail

Register by mail using the print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.


For registration related questions, call 1-800-545-2433 to speak to our customer service representatives or email

Registration Deadline

Registration for each course is limited to 24 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CDT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.

Core Code of Conduct

Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course website will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. It will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.


Contact Hours - 24 hours

Core defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units.

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, please contact Tom Ferren at