Summer classes will continue to use the flexible instructional modes Penn State used for fall 2020 and spring 2021.
Fall classes will use the University’s standard modes of instruction and will be mostly in-person. Review the frequently asked questions about fall 2021 for more detail.
Not all students may be able to return to campus and participate in in-person classes. Advisers, student-facing staff, and program leaders can review the fall 2021 “Raise Your Hand” campaign, launched to encourage students to indicate if they cannot come to campus in fall 2021 due to health-related issues, travel restrictions, visa, and other similar circumstances.
Self-Guided Course Preparation
Upcoming Semester Guide
The Upcoming Semester Guide is intended to help instructors prepare courses for the upcoming semester, given physically distanced and/or remote environments.
- Chapter 1: Penn State Semester Planning Overview
- Chapter 2: Pre-Semester Instructor Checklist
- Chapter 3: First-Day Considerations for On-Campus Teaching
- Chapter 4: Semester-Long Considerations
- Chapter 5: Most Recent Updates
- Appendices: Instructor-to-Instructor: Best Resources and more
Flexible Instructional Teaching Guide
This guide provides important resources for teaching in the four flexible instructional modes.
Academic Integrity and Assessments
- Academic Integrity
- Engaging Students through Assessment
- Instructional Strategies for Promoting Honest Efforts
- Active Learning in Socially Distanced Classrooms
- Engaging Students in a Multi-Audience Classroom via Active Learning
- Faculty Forum: Designing Online Discussions to Promote Engagement
- Student Engagement and Microsoft Teams
Inclusion and Student Well-being
- Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
- Who Are You Not Reaching? Designing Your Course to Gain Maximum Engagement from All Students
Instruction and Pedagogy