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 Fall 2023 semester. Meeting information will be posted below as it is finalized. 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.

Fall 2023 Online Program Council Meetings

November 10, 2023
10:30 a.m. – Noon

September 15, 2023
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Agenda Items: CETL and UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development updates,10 Things Students Want in Canvas, and UWM Online Enrollment Trends and an Analysis of Online-related Comments in the 2023 Graduating Senior Survey

2023-24 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.