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 three assignments.


The Fall 2019 course is open from Monday, August 19, through Friday, September 27, 2019. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2019.

Graduate student instructors

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

To Apply

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Registration opens August 1 and closes at noon on September 25.

Registered participants will receive:

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