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OPID Council Vision

We envision the UW System as an academic community in which student learning is at the center of each institution's enterprise, with OPID as the central teaching and learning resource recognized and accessed by faculty and staff throughout the system. OPID will continue to grow as a national leader in faculty development and student learning initiatives.

OPID Council Mission

The mission for the Council of the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), guided by the OPID Council Executive Committee, is to foster excellence and support innovation in teaching and effective assessment of student learning in all University of Wisconsin System institutions.

To achieve our mission, OPID is dedicated to supporting the advancement of research-based learning and teaching strategies and the professional development of all members of the UW System teaching community.

OPID Council Goals

  • Community: We build communities of practice among faculty and instructional staff to foster collaboration and shared goals. We promote classroom, campus, and scholarly climates that respond to the needs of diverse student and staff populations.
  • Leadership: We provide leadership in developing new instructional and curricular approaches, and we foster such leadership within our faculty colleagues.
  • Advocacy: We advocate for the importance of teaching and learning across the UW System, encouraging its consideration as vital to the mission of all UW institutions and worth the highest levels of attention, recognition, and funding.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships with each of our UW institutions to encourage collaboration and leverage our resources in Wisconsin. We connect with and influence the national and international conversation about the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Innovation: We embrace innovation as an iterative process of continual exploration, inquiry, and sharing—a process that is vital to instructors of all experience levels.
  • Inclusive Excellence: We advance the perspective that true excellence is inclusive; therefore, we foster and support institutional commitments to develop all students to their fullest potential. To that end, we develop strategies to educate our faculty, staff, and leadership.