2tor: Providing Online Higher Education
Guest Post by 2Tor:
Established in 2008, 2tor, Inc. is disrupting the world of higher education by revolutionizing online learning. 2tor helps world-renowned universities offer state-of-the-art online programs to students around the globe, expanding the influence of these institutions beyond the parameters of their campuses. 2tor’s cutting-edge technology enables their partners to offer rigorous, immersive and superior online degree programs.
Beginning with an investment of $10 million, 2tor supplies human and material resources necessary to create a transformative educational experience. Faculty work closely with 2tor’s instructional designers to translate their curricula to an online platform, preserving the integrity and the quality of the program. Blending real-world experiences, synchronous and asynchronous learning, social networking and new technologies, 2tor’s programs are the first of their kind and offer students an unparalleled level of connectedness. The company also provides the support infrastructure for each program, managing the logistical components and serving as the primary support for students.
Thus far, these top-tier universities have joined 2tor in the evolution of higher education:
University of Southern California:
USC Rossier Online: The prestigious USC Rossier School of Education was 2tor’s first partner, and together they are turning students around the world into masters of education, preparing them to become impactful leaders in the future of education.
Formerly known as the MAT@USC, 2tor’s program with Rossier became USC Rossier Online when it expanded to offer three comprehensive online degrees: the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), MAT-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Master’s of Education in Advanced Instruction. MAT and Master’s of Education students can concentrate in a range of disciplines and can earn a Special Education Credential or a Gifted Education Certificate.
The rigorous curricula and selective admissions criteria that define USC’s on-campus programs are translated seamlessly online and delivered by the school’s distinguished faculty. The programs also consist of practical classroom experience in the students’ communities, as well as educational research.
USC Social Work: The USC School of Social Work’s virtual MSW program is the nation’s first Master of Social Work offered online by an elite research university. In keeping with the school’s on-campus centers, the online MSW will prepare the next generation of social workers through academic study and practical experience. Cutting-edge web technology provides students with engaging coursework and dynamic interaction with classmates, while hands-on, supervised field instruction allows them to apply what they are learning.
The School of Nursing & Health Sciences now delivers an online Master’s in Nursing (MSN). Nursing@Georgetown students work with faculty and classmates in live online seminars and in person with an assigned clinical preceptor in their own community. The online MSN was developed by Georgetown’s faculty in accordance with the school’s mission of preparing “morally reflective health care leaders and scholars who strive to improve the health and well being of all people with sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of justice.”
MBA@UNC: The Kenan-Flagler Business School enables professionals to earn an online MBA (Masters inBusiness Administration) that maintains the prestige and quality of UNC’s renowned business degree. Professionals in the business world have flexibility to obtain their MBA without significantly altering their lifestyles. World-class faculty, engaging coursework and three-day global immersions held each quarter empower today’s students to become tomorrow’s business leaders.
MPA@UNC: The Master’s in Public Administration at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government is now available online. Preparing students to become leaders in various levels of government, this program is consistently ranked one of the best in the country. As with the 2tor’s other partners, the MPA@UNC offers a degree identical to the on-campus program and features the same rigorous coursework taught by the same expert faculty.
Washington University’s School of Law now offers @WashULaw: an innovative online Master’s of Laws in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (LLM). It is the world’s first and only top-tier online LLM in U.S. law and maintains the school’s standards of excellence by utilizing the same internationally recognized curriculum. The program prepares foreign lawyers to increase their knowledge of U.S. law (with a focus on business) without relocating to the United States, and welcomes them into a community of the world’s best LLM professionals.
Check out the MAT@USC blog for some great insights into educational learning.