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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 Diane Reddy.


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 typically meets monthly during the academic year. The schedule for 2017-18 follows. You can also download the 2017-18 Online Program Council Schedule here.

2017-18 Online Program Council Meeting Schedule

All sessions from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Lubar S250

Date Topic
September 15
  • Launch of the online program toolkit
  • Update on LMS RFP
  • OPC Sharing: Teaching Evaluation Logistics, Surveys, & Response Rates
October 13
  • Burning Glass tool
  • Recap on UWM Online Summer Promotion 2017
November 10
  • OPC Sharing: Best Practices in Marketing & Student Recruitment
December 8
  • Innovating to Increase First-year Success with a Learning Analytics Tool & Messaging
February 9
  • Who are our students? (national & UWM and school/college data)
March 9
  • Deeper dive into Canvas and implications for online programs
  • Burning Glass show and tell
April 6
  • Cool Tools
  • National Research Center for Distance Education & Technological advancement (DETA) update

2017-18 Online Program Council Video Recordings

Please note that login (with your ePantherID
& password) is required to view video content

How to Join

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