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Technology for the Modern Student

Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers innovative modes of learning for the forward-thinking student


A pioneer in distance learning, Embry-Riddle Worldwide was one of the first 20 universities in the world to provide this method of education in 1971, to help on-the-go aviators earn a degree. Lessons were mailed to students who returned the completed course work via postal mail. We have come a long way since then.

Today, hundreds of Internet-based classes are in session, attended by students all hours of the day and night. In fact, more than 50 percent of Embry-Riddle students enroll in online learning. We continuously update our products and make distance learning as flexible as possible for students. Whether you are working full time, raising a family, in the military—even on the battlefield—our courses are designed to fit into your life.

History of our Distance Learning: 
Though distance learning is an art that we have mastered, we are forever making improvements to always keep apace of technological advancements and industry demands.

Here is a quick look at how we have progressed through the years:

  • Mid-1970s – Independent Study Program
  • Late 1970s – Audio Cassette Enhanced Courses
  • 1985 – Videotape Lectures
  • 1993 – Videotape Classroom Lectures and Web-based bulletin boards
  • 1995 – Expanded bulletin boards to international student access
  • 1998 – Fully online courses offered via learning management system
  • 2000 – Department of Distance Learning established
  • 2003 – Blackboard provides asynchronous course management and portal, inclusion of online grading
  • 2006 – Creation of Worldwide Online, a dedicated division for student advising and course quality
  • 2007 – EagleVision, Live Virtual Classroom, is deployed

More on our technology:

What You Can Expect from Online and Distance Learning
Enrolling in distance learning means you benefit from flexibility and being able to complete course material as it fits into your schedule. Some things to keep in mind:
  • Plan on spending as much time in an online course as you would in a traditional classroom (approximately 8 – 12 hours per week).
  • All courses make use of the Discussion Board.
  • Students and instructors are members of a learning community.
Our Five Modes of Learning
  1. Classroom Learning - Learn at more than 150 locations worldwide
    • Scheduled class times
    • Classroom attendance
    • Face-to-face interaction
    • Direct collaboration
  2. EagleVision Classroom - Web video conferencing between classrooms
    • Scheduled class times
    • Classroom attendance
    • Face-to-face interaction with students/instructors in your classroom
    • Real-time, virtual interaction with students/instructors in other classrooms
    • Lesson archiving
    • Collaborative technology: audio/video conferencing, online chatting, polling, webcasting
  3. EagleVision Home – Web video conferencing from the convenience of your home
    • Scheduled classes
    • Home/remote learning
    • Real-time, virtual interaction with students and instructors in different locations
    • Collaborative technology: audio/video conferencing, online chatting, polling, webcasting
    • Lesson archiving
  4. Online Learning – From anywhere in the world
    • Create your own schedule
    • Home/remote learning
    • Independent learning
    • Online interaction (non real-time) with students and instructors
    • Lesson archiving
  5. Blended – Combine learning modes to suit your lifestyle
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning
Synchronous learning means live interaction with a faculty member. This learning method enables students to ask real-time questions and see fellow students via webcams. It helps to take content-heavy courses, like math or physics, in this fashion so that you can get your questions answered instantly.

Asynchronous learning is an online course in which students do assignments on their own time in a given week. This type of learning is somewhat more flexible than synchronous but you are limited by the lack of real-time communication.
What is EagleVision?
First launched by Embry-Riddle in 2007, EagleVision is a virtual classroom that combines the power of Web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.

EagleVision provides real-time collaboration in a student-centered learning environment. By leveraging this technology and keeping academic quality in the forefront, we have been able to offer two additional course delivery modes—EagleVision Classroom (classroom to classroom(s)) and EagleVision Home (faculty and students at home)—and enhance our online learning opportunities.

Highlights of EagleVision:
  • Originated from faculty members
  • Virtually connect distributed classrooms, to provide qualified faculty regardless of location
  • Highly interactive, real-time virtual learning
  • Powered by Saba Centra and Blackboard
  • Students can raise their hand, write on whiteboard, text chat, see each other via webcams
  • High level of collaboration
Embry-Riddle’s Award-winning Programs
We have been recognized for excellence in distance learning through the years, having earned many awards:
  • 2012,2011,2010,2008 - Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
    • ENGL 222 Business Communication
    • DAV 712 Aviation Safety Management Systems
    • DAV 713 The Economic Environment of Aviation
    • DAV 714 The Legal Environment of Aviation
    • ENGL 221 Technical Report Writing
    • DAV 733 Globalization and the Aviation Environment
    • MBAA 514 Strategic Marketing Management in Aviation
  • 2009,2008 - University Continuing Education Association UCEA Community of Practice Distance Learning College Course Award, Distinguished
    • WEAX 201 Meteorology I
    • MGMT 412 Airport Planning and Design
  • 2009 - CIO Magazine, “CIO 100 Award Winner,” EagleVision
  • 2008 - Saba, “Best Overall Academic Deployment,” EagleVision
  • 2007 - Quality Matters
    • ENGL 221 Technical Report Writing score ’80 out
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