Two faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee developed the technology-enabled instructional approach known as U-Pace, which combines self-paced, mastery-based learning with instructor-initiated amplified assistance in an online learning environment.
BiographyLaura Pedrick, Executive Director of UWM Online, oversees new online program development, regulatory compliance, and strategic enrollment management for this growing segment of UWMâ€™s student population. She is currently serving as campus lead for UWMâ€™s participation in the UW Flexible Option self-paced, competency-based online programs. She has worked on several Next Generation Learning Challenge grants to replicate and disseminate UWMâ€™s innovative U-Pace instructional model.
In the area of instructional technology, Laura is a co-author of Policy Practice for Social Workers: New Strategies for a New Era and Social Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practice, a multimedia textbook with web-based case studies, both published by Pearson.
Prior to joining the University, Laura served as assistant to the provost at Illinois State University, where she worked on the University's strategic plan. Her background is in mass communication, and she holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
The U-Pace instructional approach combines self-paced, mastery-based learning with instructor-initiated Amplified Assistance in an online learning environment.