500 University Avenue West, Minot, ND

Universal Design for Learning ECHO

Universal Design for Learning ECHO®

Target Audience:
University Faculty, Adjunct Professors, Teacher Ed. Students

Every Tuesday:
November 7, 2023 – December 12, 2023

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST

View Recorded Sessions

ECHO Resources
View Participant Guide
Case Presentation


For more information, contact Krista Opstedal


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people. The UDL framework guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs, in order for all learners to have equal opportunity to succeed.

The UDL ECHO® is designed to support postsecondary faculty in learning about and implementing the principles of UDL to meet the learning needs of diverse students, increase student engagement, and enhance faculty effectiveness.

In this series, participants will:

  • Learn best practices from industry leaders
  • Collaborate and share resources/strategies as a community of practice
  • Join sessions online via Zoom

There is no cost to participants

This ECHO® series is brought to you by the ND Inclusive Model Pathways for College and Career Training Consortium (IMPCCT). IMPCCT college programs offer access for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college with their peers. Our mission is vital, as it empowers individuals with ID to access higher education, resulting in improved job prospects, higher wages, and overall greater independence. 


What is ECHO®: Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) is an interprofessional practice network where education and/or healthcare professionals learn together. Short didactic lectures and case presentations are conducted during recurring video conferences. Participants learn best practices to support the individuals they serve by implementing real-time solutions, improving systems, and removing barriers to care


Target Audience: Postsecondary faculty, adjunct professors, teacher ed. students

Every Tuesday: November 7, 2023 – December 12, 2023

 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmCST

Register Here

Session TitleDate
Session 1: Introduction into UDL
This session explores the Universal Design of Learning (UDL) principles and their application in higher education settings. UDL offers a framework for creating inclusive and accessible learning environments that cater to the diverse needs of today's students. Participants will gain insights into the core principles of UDL and learn practical strategies for implementing them in their courses.

As a result of attending, participants will be able to:
• Identify the benefits and outcomes of UDL in postsecondary
• Differentiate between accommodations and accessibility of course
• Recognize resources within the campus community.

Speaker: Molly McKinnon, Mark Coppin, Jessica Reiswig
November 7, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Session 2: UDL Applied- Multiple Means of Engagement
This session explores how offering multiple avenues for engagement can transform the learning experience. We will delve into the core concepts of "Multiple Means of Engagement" within the UDL framework, emphasizing its importance in accommodating the wide-ranging learning styles, backgrounds, and abilities of students in higher education. Through practical examples, case studies, and interactive discussions, you will discover innovative strategies and technologies that foster engagement and motivation among your students.

As a result of attending, participants will be able to:
• Discuss concepts of multiple means of engagement and its significance in promoting
inclusive higher education environments.
• Identify diverse learning styles and preferences.
• Explore strategies for motivation and engagement for various learning styles and

Speaker: Molly McKinnon
Molly McKinnon is the program coordinator for the Transition and Access Program (TAP) at NDSU. Prior to working at NDSU, Molly has worked in multiple fields of special education. She has served as a district deaf and hard of hearing teacher for 5 years. Molly was also a classroom teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities for 18 years. Molly has served as a special education director in a charter school, provided consulting services in the area of physical and health disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing disabilities, and developmental and cognitive delay disabilities throughout the state of Minnesota. Molly completed her under graduate degrees in Elementary Education and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at Minot State University and her Masters, Specialist Degree gaining her administration license in special education and principalship, and doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Minnesota State University- Moorhead. In her free time, Molly enjoys crafting, DIY projects, music, traveling, and watching her kids in their many sports and activities. Molly has seen first-hand how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can support all learners. Her dissertation topic and research to complete her doctoral degree was conducted in Kenya Africa, using UDL framework as a guide to support New American students in public education.
November 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Session 3: UDL Tips and Tricks- How to Provide Multiple Means of Engagement Online
This interactive session will provide practical strategies and innovative techniques to implement multiple means of engagement effectively in online courses. This session will cover common differences in how learners comprehend and perceive information, as well as strategies to support students in using multiple representations in their coursework.

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Crary
Sarah L. Crary. PhD, is the Assistant Director for the Office of Teaching and Learning. She is the online programs coordinator at North Dakota State University and the Co-PI for an NSF RET. Prior, she spent five years as an assistant professor in the School of Education. She has almost two decades of K-12 experience focusing on secondary education with experiences that include both public and private school settings as a principal and classroom teacher as well as serving on numerous district level committees including accreditation and curriculum. Dr. Crary’s research interests include information literacy, fostering equal access for blended learning and understanding the experiences of New Americans in small urban settings.
November 21, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Session 4: UDL Applied- Multiple Means of Representation
This UDL approach focuses on giving learners content in a variety of formats to help learners build important disciplinary knowledge and develop ways of thinking about course content. This session will explore how to offer various ways for students to access and engage with course materials and information.

As a result of attending, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the diverse ways in which students process and comprehend information.
• Identify strategies for tailoring learning pathways to accommodate individual student needs and
how to cater to various learning styles effectively.

Speaker: Lori Cooney
Lori Cooney, M.Ed., is a Program Director of Inclusive Education & Curriculum Design, at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development on universal design for learning (UDL), inclusive education, learning plans, curriculum development, course design, technology integration, college and career readiness, and assessment strategies. She is a technical training advisor for the Education & Transition Team and has facilitated the Technology and UDL Group for Think College’s National Coordinating Center for Transition to Postsecondary Education Programs (TPSID) since 2011. Lori's notable achievements include receiving the 2012 MassCUE Pathfinder Award, a Technology Humanist Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Teacher by the Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State University.
November 28, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Session 5: UDL Tips and Tricks- Immersive Practices to Develop Expert Learners
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing instruction that meets the needs of every learner. This session showcases UDL in action with strategies on how to offer flexibility in methods of presentation, student participation and expression to support high achievement for all students, including those with disabilities or limited English proficiency.

As a result of attending, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the three modes of entry to allow educators to “start where they are” in their understanding of UDL and
how it applies to their areas of instruction.
• Review strategies to design accessible materials and use technology to provide more options for learners.

Speaker: Luis Perez
As the Disability & Digital Inclusion Lead for CAST, Luis promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. Luis is embedded with the Postsecondary and Workforce Development group at CAST that works to increase access to middle- and high-income careers for populations underrepresented in the workforce, including people with disabilities. Luis’s perspective is informed by his own lived experience as a person with a disability and multilingual learner.
December 5, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Session 6: UDL Tips and Tricks- Equity-Minded Syllabus Review
Syllabi are a key feature of every academic course and serve multiple purposes. This session will provide resources on conducting a syllabus review to promote racial/ethnic equity and equity-minded practices.

As a result of attending, participants will be able to:
• Discuss how syllabi can be used as a tool for equity-minded practice.
• Identify strategies for conducting a syllabus review with an equity-minded lens.
• Review statements that welcome, validate, and create partnerships between faculty and students.

Speaker: TBD
December 12, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST