Distance Learning

Polk State offers hundreds of courses and a growing number of programs via the internet.  Traditional, online, and hybrid courses have course shells in Canvas, Polk State’s learning management system.  Instructors post syllabi, content pages, announcements, grades, assignments, and offer additional instructional materials in Canvas.  Instructors may also communicate using a variety of methods including email, discussions, grading feedback, quiz feedback, and synchronous options through web conferences.

You may access your course(s) six days prior to the first day of class. For more information on when your course(s) begin, check out the academic calendars.


Courses are delivered asynchronously through Canvas by Instructure, a learning management system.  Learn more about Canvas and how to access via the link on the left – Canvas News.

Information about fully online programs can be found at Online@PolkState.  Have a great term!

Equitable Resources for Distance Learning Students

We strive to offer the same services and support resources for all Polk State students no matter what format you choose to complete your coursework. If you are a distance learning student, check out these resources that are available to you as a student: Identifying Essential Polk State College Resources (this is also available via the Help button in Canvas).