Preparing for and Attending Courses

Penn State World Campus courses are located in Canvas, Penn State’s course management system. Use the following resources to prepare for and make the most of your courses.

Before Classes Start

First Day of Class

During Your Semester

Penn State World Campus offers services, support, and resources to help students succeed. There are many offices to help you navigate life as a student and provide support when you need it.

Attending Your Courses

Attendance is a critical element of your success as a student, and it can include several factors for online learners. Penn State defines attendance for online learners as follows:

Attendance in online courses goes beyond course login and is based on documentable participation in class activities, such as interacting with the instructor, interacting with enrolled students, completing assignments with specific due dates, and/or participating in online discussions on a regular basis.

You can find more information about attendance in the Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual.