2U, Our Program Partner
Simmons University has partnered with 2U Inc. to power and support BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, HealthCareMBA@Simmons, MBA@Simmons, MPH@Simmons, Nursing@Simmons, and SocialWork@Simmons. 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 Simmons University, 2U currently works with a number of leading U.S. universities to support their online programs, including the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Northwestern University. 2U supports undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs in health care and across the fields of education, social work, nursing, business, public administration, law, international affairs, public health, health care administration, data science, communications, and counseling.
As part of our partnership, 2U provides the following services:
Students 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. Simmons faculty members lead program instruction, which is designed with intuitive, familiar features that foster connection and collaboration.
In preparation for live class discussions, students watch dynamic content created by Simmons faculty in collaboration with 2U content strategists. Together, Simmons 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 Simmons to produce video content while Simmons faculty members author and deliver all content.
Course content is not simply a series of 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 the live class sessions.
Simmons University works with 2U to identify and reach the most qualified candidates across the country. 2U's marketing and recruiting efforts support Simmons' goal of finding students who are most likely to succeed in our 2U-supported online programs. 2U also provides an online application and application management system, which ensures a seamless process for applicants and for the Simmons faculty and staff who review candidates. As with all Simmons programs, Simmons reviews applications and makes all admissions decisions.
Faculty and Student Support
2U prepares faculty to deliver classes and course materials through 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. Outside the classroom, 2U offers Simmons access to geo-targeting tools that find students clinical sites across the country.