Resources for Instruction & Learning


The majority of instruction for Fall 2021 is expected to be in-person, with some exceptions. The following page serves as a resource guide for students and instructors using supported digital learning tools in an in-person, online, or hybrid environment.

Please visit the University’s COVID-19 Response website for the latest information. We recommend checking with your individual school for additional guidance.

On this Page

  • Canvas Login: Log into the Canvas system used by your school/course. Your login consists of your PennKey username (all lowercase) and password.
  • System Status: Check the operational status of a tool by vendor.
  • Known Issues in Canvas: Confirm whether an encountered issue is a common or known issue in Canvas.
  • Creating a Canvas Profile: Creating a Canvas profile is optional, but is a good way to share information about yourself with anyone enrolled in a Canvas course with you.
  • Profile and Account Settings: Setting your Profile, Notification Preferences, and other account settings can help you use Canvas more effectively.
  • BlueJeans is a video conferencing platform with video, audio, and screen-sharing available to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Zoom is a video conferencing platform with video, audio, and screen-sharing available to all students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Panopto is a video creation and storage platform that integrates into Canvas.
  • Piazza is an anonymous question and answer tool that has been integrated into Canvas system-wide.
  • Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling tool that doesn’t require clickers, available to all instructors at Penn.

For additional recommended tools, please visit Remote Work Tools & Guidelines from Information Systems & Computing.

Please be sure to check with your school or unit for any specific program or course-related recommendations or requirements

Getting Help

Resources for Faculty, Staff, & TAs

Quick Guides

Resources & Strategies for Instruction

Resources for Instruction

Strategies for In Person Instruction

Strategies for Online Instruction

Resources & Strategies for Assessment

Canvas FAQ

Resources for Students

Quick Guides

  • Canvas for Students: Find more information about using a variety of features in Canvas.
  • Canvas Guides: Learn more about Canvas tools used for course information, videoconferencing, collaboration, participation, and assessment.
  • TurnitIn CPF for Students: Turnitin may be used to check the originality of student work and to detect for possible plagiarism. Learn how to submit a Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

Resources & Strategies for Learning

Canvas FAQ