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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 Spring 2022 semester, on Fridays, from 10:30 a.m.-12 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.

Spring 2022 Online Program Council Meeting Schedule

Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Virtually in Teams
Presentations are 30 minutes unless otherwise noted

Download Spring 2022 Meeting Schedule (includes meeting topics and presenters): NOTE: April 2022 meeting canceled

January 28, 2022
Agenda Items:
Recruiting and Retaining Veterans in Online Programs, US News & World Report Rankings & Accessibility Update—UDOIT 3

February 18, 2022
Agenda Items: Student Evaluation System Update, Tilting Towards Equity & DETA Update and a Report Out on a UW System Study on the Student User Experience in the Digital Learning Environment
Tilting for Equity (PPT)
TILT Supplemental Materials (PDF)
Checklist for Transparent Assignments (MS WORD)

March 11, 2022
Agenda Items: Online Course Certification in the Lubar School
(30 minutes), Getting the most from campus memberships (15 minutes) & Strategic Pricing for Online Programs (45 minutes)

April 8, 2022: *Meeting Canceled*

May 6, 2022
Agenda Items: Experiential Learning in Online Programs, Canvas Certified Educator Highlights & Cool Tools: Power Automate

2021-22 Online Program Council Video Recordings

Recordings are 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.