Book, UDL in the Cloud: How to design and deliver online education using Universal Design for Learning

UDL in the Cloud

How to Design and Deliver Online Education Using Universal Design for Learning

by Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau

$29.99, paperback (ISBN: 9780989867481)
$29.99, ePUB (ISBN: 9780989867498)


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 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

UDL in the Cloud by Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau is available in paperback ($29.99, 200 pages, ISBN: 9780989867481) and ePUB ($29.99, 151 pages, ISBN: 9780989867498) format.

About the Authors

Author, Katie NovakKatie Novak, EdD, is the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts and a leading expert on Universal Design for Learning implementation. With 13 years of experience in teaching and administration and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, Novak designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of UDL. She is also the author of three other books: UDL Now!Universally Designed Leadership (with Kristan Rodriguez), and UDL in the Cloud (with Tom Thibodeau). You can find her online at and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.


Tom ThibodeauTom 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.

Katie Novak Videos

Katie Novak on cultivating the mind of a learner.
Katie Novak on the motivation for Universally Designed Leadership.
Katie Novak on the importance of reflection.
Katie Novak on the reasons for updating UDL Now!
Katie Novak on motivating teachers. 
Katie Novak on the new editing of UDL Now!
Katie Novak on teachers as learners.
Webinar with Katie Novak UDL Now! Revised.

Other books by Katie Novak