The OeLC is governed by a Governing Council. The Governing Council is comprised of one representative – typically a senior or system administrator – per member Board. Representatives on the Governing Council are named annually by their respective Boards.

OeLC Membership includes all staff, named by their respective member Boards, involved with online learning. Members are invited to attend all regular OeLC meetings. The primary focus of regular OeLC meetings is on operations. While matters involving changes to and/or additions of structures and/or policies may be discussed, they can only be voted on by a meeting of the Governing Council.