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UDL in the Cloud: How to Design and Deliver Online Education Using Universal Design for Learning


Katie Novak & Tom Thibodeau



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About the Book

UDL in the Cloud helps educators design and deliver more accessible, engaging, and effective online learning experiences. Drawing on years of experience in K-12 and postsecondary settings, authors Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau offer a highly practical approach to developing e-courses, virtual snow days, flipped classes, and blended learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners.

Following the principles and guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), readers learn to identify potential barriers to learning, cultivate an engaging “instructor presence” in a virtual environment, develop a detailed syllabus that inspires and motivates students, help scaffold students’ time management skills, and much more.

UDL in the Cloud by Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau is available in paperback ($19.00, 200 pages, ISBN: 978-0989867481) and EPUB ($19.00, ISBN: 9780989867498) formats.

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Praise for the Book

UDL in the Cloud offers practical guidance that online course designers can put to work immediately that rests on a solid foundation of research about how people learn.

Justin Reich Executive Director, The Initiative on Learning and Teaching at the MIT Teaching Systems Lab


About the Authors

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Katie Novak, EdD, is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. Katie has more than 19 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and ten published books, including the best-selling education book, UDL Now!.

You can find her online at and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.

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Tom Thibodeau is an Assistant Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and former president of the New England Faculty Development Consortium. A video editor and videographer by trade, Tom transitioned to education over 25 years ago. In 1997, as an education technologist at NEIT, he began developing online courses to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. With more than 20 years of experience in online education and faculty development, Tom’s expertise in the design and delivery of accessible, inclusive virtual courses makes him a leader in the field.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: The Case for Better Online Course Design
  • Chapter 2: Fewer Barriers, More Support: UDL Guidelines in Action
  • Chapter 3: How to Develop a Syllabus the UDL Way
  • Chapter 4: Cultivating “Instructor Presence” to Support Engagement
  • Chapter 5: Delivering the Package
  • Chapter 6: Scaffolding Time Management
  • Chapter 7: Application to the World of Hybrid-Online
  • Chapter 8: Giving Our Students the Final Word
  • Appendix
    • Pedagogy and Andragogy: Why K–12 and Adult Learners Aren’t So Different
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Authors

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