New instructor online orientation course opens Jan. 18

January 13, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence invites instructors to register for its online New Instructor Orientation (NIO) course.

The course, which is self-directed through Canvas, is offered to all instructors new to Penn State at no charge. It gives a brief introduction to Penn State resources and processes that are crucial to successful teaching at the University. Cindy Decker Raynak, senior instructional designer, and Beate Brunow, associate research professor, at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will moderate the course.

The spring 2021 course opens Jan. 18 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. In order to receive a letter of completion, participants will need to complete three assignments by this date. This will also satisfy the requirements of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. It is not necessary to complete the assignments if a letter is not needed for the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.

To register, follow this link. Registered participants will receive a registration confirmation immediately, followed by an email within two business days with Canvas access instructions. The last day to register is noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence is part of the Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated January 15, 2021