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Before we begin our semester of study together, it is important that you review all of the material on the course orientation pages (there are several) and on our course syllabus. These resources will not only prepare you to be successful in this course, but they will also help you prepare for the "Course Information" quiz at the end of the orientation. You must get a score of at least 90% on that quiz to gain access to the assignment dropboxes for this course... and the answers to all the questions are contained in the syllabus, in the Frequently Asked Questions or in this orientation!

Have you looked at the syllabus? This course orientation will complement and expand on the information provided on our syllabus. Be sure to review that document, too... carefully!

What will we learn about in the Course Orientation?

  • The structure of MATSE 81
  • An overview of Canvas, Penn State's course management system
  • Technical requirements for MATSE 81
  • How to succeed in this course
  • Where to get course assistance if you need it

What is due for the Course Orientation?

You should complete the Course Orientation during the first week of class. Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates.

The following is an overview of those activities that must be submitted for Course Orientation. Detailed directions and submission instructions are located within this orientation.

Orientation To-Do List
To Read: Syllabus and Course Orientation
To Do:

Personalize your Canvas space

Edit your Canvas notification settings

Review the Course Orientation section of this website

Review the course Frequently Asked Questions in the course Resource menu

Take the Course Orientation Quiz in Canvas and score at least 90%


If you have any questions, please send me an email.

Keep reading!

On the following pages, you will find important information about the course structure, requirements, scheduling, and technical requirements and assistance—all of which you'll need to know in order to pass the course. Remember, you are also responsible for the information located on our course syllabus.