2U, Our Program Partner
The iSchool has partnered with 2U Inc. to power and support its online master’s programs. Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality degree programs online to qualified students everywhere.
In addition to Syracuse University, 2U currently works with a number of leading U.S. universities to support their online graduate programs, including Northwestern University, University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2U supports graduate and doctorate programs across the fields of education, social work, nursing, business, public administration, law, international affairs, public health, health care administration, counseling, and data science.
As part of our partnership, 2U provides the following services:
Students in the iSchool’s online programs access a virtual campus for their classes, coursework, and networking. The platform, which is available from most Internet-enabled devices, is powered by 2U. The 2U approach is best described as No Back Row® and features an online classroom that brings students face-to-face for live class sessions. Program instruction is led by Syracuse faculty and is designed with intuitive, familiar features that foster connection and collaboration.
In preparation for live class discussions, students watch dynamic content created by Syracuse faculty in collaboration with 2U content strategists. Together, professors and the 2U team develop content that is custom made for the online program, ensuring that all content takes advantage of the latest available technologies. 2U also partners with the iSchool to produce video content, while Syracuse faculty members author and deliver all content.
Course content is not simply recorded lectures but an interactive learning experience. Coursework includes video case studies, discussions between professors and students, dynamic faculty presentations, and interactive elements in which professors can see students’ progress and leave comments and feedback leading up to the live class session.
The iSchool works with 2U to identify and reach the most qualified candidates across the country. 2U’s marketing and recruiting efforts support Syracuse’s goal of finding students who are most likely to succeed in our unique online master’s degree programs. 2U also provides an online application and application management system, which ensures a seamless process for applicants and for the Syracuse administrators who review candidates. As with all Syracuse programs, applications are reviewed and candidates receive a final admissions decision from Syracuse administration.
Student and Faculty Support
2U prepares faculty to deliver classes and course materials on the online platform so that they are best able to use the tools available in the virtual classroom. 2U also offers orientation to all online students before classes begin. Dedicated support continues throughout the program with technical support available during every live session.
If you have any questions about the iSchool or our online master’s programs, please contact an admissions counselor at 855-797-4478 or email us.