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 Spring 2020 course is open from Monday, January 13, 2020 - through Friday, February 28, 2020. All the Assignments close at 11:59 pm Friday, February 28th and you will no longer be able to submit your work after this time.

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 January 1 and closes at noon on February 26.

Registered participants will receive:

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