The Yale School of Medicine is collaborating with 2U, Inc. to support Yale PA Online. Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U works with leading nonprofit colleges and universities to assist in delivering their high-quality degree programs online.
These schools include, among others, the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rice University, New York University, and Northwestern University. 2U supports undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs in health care and other fields, including of nursing, public health, health care administration, social work, education, and counseling.
2U provides support in the following ways:
Students in the Yale School of Medicine's PA Online program access a virtual campus for their classes, coursework, and networking. The platform, which is available from most internet-enabled devices, is powered by 2U and features an online classroom that brings students face-to-face for live class sessions. Yale PA Online program faculty members develop and lead program instruction, which is designed with intuitive, familiar features that foster connection and collaboration.
In preparation for live class discussions, students watch content created by Yale PA Online faculty in collaboration with 2U. Together, Yale professors and the 2U team develop a delivery method that is custom-made for the online program, ensuring that all content takes advantage of the latest available technologies.
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, faculty presentations, and interactive elements in which professors can see students' progress and leave comments and feedback leading up the live class sessions.
The Yale PA Online faculty work with 2U to identify and reach the most qualified candidates across the country. 2U's marketing and recruiting efforts support Yale's goal of finding outstanding and diverse students who are most likely to succeed in the online physician assistant program. 2U also provides an online application and application management system, which ensures a seamless process for applicants and for the Yale faculty and staff who review candidates. As with all Yale programs, Yale faculty review applications for the online program, and the Yale School of Medicine makes all admissions decisions.
Student and Faculty 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 Yale access to geo-targeting tools that assist in finding students’ clinical rotation sites across the country.