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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 will meet monthly during the Fall 2021 semester, on Fridays, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Location for Fall meetings: Lubar N146 until S250 renovations are complete; also 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 2021 Online Program Council Meeting Schedule

Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Lubar N146 until S250 renovations are complete; & also in Teams

Meeting Dates:

September 17, 2021 – Lubar N146 & Teams
Agenda Items:
Scaling Online Program Success, What’s new with your program & Revised Evaluation Checklist for Online Courses

October 15, 2021 – Lubar N146 & Teams
Agenda Items: Upcoming refresh of the UWM Online website, Proctorio and testing alternatives, and UWM Online data points and tools

November 12, 2021 – (Room TBD) & Teams
Agenda Items: Attracting & Serving Veterans in Online Programs, Online Orientation to Online Learning Canvas Modules, and Badging & Microcredentials Update

December 10, 2021 – (Room TBD) & Teams
Agenda Items: EAB: Online Program Marketing & Recruitment

Download Fall 2021 Meeting Schedule (includes meeting topics and presenters)

2021-22 Online Program Council Video Recordings

Will be added as available

How to Join

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