Online Program Council

UWM’s Online Program Council is a network of faculty, staff, and administrators who are currently involved in the planning, implementation, and delivery of online degrees or certificates. Membership is composed of one or more representatives from every online degree or certificate program at UWM, as well as other faculty and staff interested in online programming. The Council is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, and is not a governance body. The Council co-chairs are currently Laura Pedrick and Sarah Riforgiate.


The Council has three primary objectives:

  • Function as a community of practice to encourage adoption of best practices in online teaching and learning.
  • Facilitate sharing of information about online program development and delivery with respect to topics such as: student orientation and support, faculty development, technology, pricing, marketing and recruitment, etc.
  • Share expertise and provide peer support for faculty, staff, and administrators exploring new online programs


The Online Program Council will meet monthly during the Spring 2023 semester. Meetings will be held on Fridays, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, and will be held virtually in Teams. Meetings are open to all. If you haven’t attended an OPC meeting in the past, please email Laura Pedrick for a meeting invitation.

Spring 2023 Online Program Council Meetings*

January 27, 2023
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Agenda Items: a presentation on summer marketing for online courses, a panel discussion on online adjuncts, and a presentation and discussion of national trends in online program offerings and new/in the pipeline online programs at UWM.

February 17, 2023
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Agenda Items: presentations on mental health services for online students, community building in the School of Information Studies, a spotlight on partnerships, and an update on the OPID Digital Pedagogy Group.

March 17, 2023
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Agenda Items: Incorporating writing in your online courses to promote engagement, online tools for engagement, and video editing

April 14, 2023
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Agenda Items: AI and online education and future OPC topics


2022-23 Online Program Council Video Recordings

Recordings will be available on Teams to meeting attendees. If you would like to attend a meeting, contact Laura Pedrick (

How to Join

Contact Laura Pedrick if you would like to receive more information or join the Online Program Council listserv.