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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 2019-20 follows and you can also download the 2019-20 Online Program Council Meeting Schedule here. The meeting schedule for 2020-21 will be posted when available.

2019-20 Online Program Council Meeting Schedule

April 2020: Please note that all remaining OPC meetings for Spring 2020 have been canceled.

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

Date Topic
September 13
  • Online Summer (Dylan Barth)
  • Online Program Landscape: What You Need to Know (Laura Pedrick)
  • UWM Online Update (Laura Pedrick)
October 11
  • Planning for National Distance Education Week November 4-8 (Diane Reddy & Laura Pedrick)
  • Canvas & External Tools (David Delgado)
  • Engaging online students using various Canvas tools (Dylan Barth)
November 1
  • Update on workforce upskilling initiative (Sue Stalewski, Laura Pedrick, Amy Mangrich & Tanya Joosten)
  • Other topic, tbd
December 13
February 14
  • DETA Center Research Results (Tanya Joosten)
  • Landscape Review: Research Articles on Online Program & pedagogy
  • UWM Teaching & Learning Symposium: Implications for Online Programs
March 6

2019-20 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.