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 2022 semester, on Fridays, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Meetings 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 2022 Online Program Council Meetings

Novemeber 4, 2022
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Agenda Items: Presentations on lessons learned in the MSW program development process, using collaborative documents in Canvas, and UWM Online and CETL updates.

October 14, 2022
1:30 –  3:00 p.m.
Agenda Items: Presentations on three online programs: the AAS degree, a student’s perspective on the Communication major, and the master’s in Translation and Interpreting.

September 9, 2022
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Agenda Items:
Preparing for next spring’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit, information on UW System strategic work on online education, and regulatory updates


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.