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 two assignments.


The Spring 2019 course is open from Monday, January 7, through Friday, February 22, 2019. The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, February 20, 2019. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019.


Registration is now open. Click here to register for New Instructor Orientation - Spring 2019. Registered participants will receive a registration confirmation immediately followed by an email within two business days with Canvas access information.

Graduate student instructors

Completion of the New Instructor Orientation satisfies a requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. Opens in new window

NIO class session