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New Instructor Orientation

Welcome to teaching and to Penn State! Good teaching involves planning, lots of it and at every level. While there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for good teaching, happily there are a few activities that do seem to make a difference. As a new instructor, we encourage you to make use of all of our programs and resources as well as those provided by your department and college.


The online New Instructor Orientation is a self-directed workshop administered through Canvas, Penn State's course management system.


The purpose of the New Instructor Orientation workshop is to provide faculty with a brief introduction to Penn State resources and processes crucial to good teaching and planning.


New Instructor Orientation is free and open to all instructors at Penn State. In order to receive the letter of completion you will need to complete all activities by 11:59pm on Friday, February 24, 2023. The course takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. You may take the course without completing any of the activities and use the content as you wish.


Registration will open December 5th for the Spring 2023 workshop. The last day to register is noon on Wednesday, February 22nd. It will run for approximately 6 weeks: 1/9/2023 - 2/24/2023.

Graduate student instructors

Completion of the New Instructor Orientation satisfies a requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.



Register Here

Registered participants will receive:

  • Immediate registration confirmation
  • An email, within two business days, containing Canvas access information
NIO class session


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