Free Online Courses (MOOCs)

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) to anyone with an Internet connection and a desire to learn about aviation. And they are free! Future MOOCs will be announced as scheduled.

Emerging Trends in Aviation

Mar. 8 – Mar. 22, 2021

This course presents an overview of emerging trends in the aviation maintenance industry. The different types of maintenance actions and inspections are examined, along with how these activities are accomplished on a global scale. Topics within the course include basic aircraft maintenance, sustainability, global challenges and maintenance human factors. As a student in this course, you will develop an understanding of the challenges facing the aviation maintenance industry, with a realization of how leaders impact the daily operations of these organizations, as well as how to overcome challenges related to globalization and changing industry needs. 

Note: Embry-Riddle Worldwide is now offering its MOOCs in Canvas. Follow these instructions to create your ERAU Canvas student account and register for the Emerging Trends in Aviation MOOC using the Join Code 8MGE64. In case you already have an ERAU Canvas student account, you may register for this course at 

Safe to Fly: How Commercial Aviation is Adapting to Covid-19

Nov. 16 - May 29, 2021

On March 8, 2020, over 2 million passengers passed through US airports. One month later, there were less than 100,000. Almost overnight, jets were parked and busy terminals were emptied of people. Yet despite the unprecedented change in the industry, airline employees are still checking passengers in, fueling aircraft, performing maintenance, and landing airplanes safely. How have airlines and airports responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this course, you will learn how the aviation industry has adapted operations to meet the needs of passengers while maintaining the high standards for health and safety that the traveling public expects.

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Frequently Asked Questions about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Whether you are a high school student thinking about a career in aviation, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student considering a different program of study, or a curious learner interested in getting a “free sample” of what the world’s largest aviation university has to offer, signing up for a MOOC could be right for you.

A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a free online course offered by a university free of charge to anyone interested. MOOCs have grown in popularity in recent years, as universities have discovered that MOOCs can help to draw interest in their quality courses and faculty.

With no costs for participating in the course besides one’s time, students are able to get an extended glimpse of the kind of education available at the world’s premier aeronautical university without worrying about tuition. MOOCs provide risk-free learning!

Whereas on-campus and online university courses are primarily driven by lectures and interaction with professors, much of the learning in MOOCs is obtained from collaboration with classmates.

Most of the MOOC coursework will be asynchronous, providing students with the flexibility to watch lectures and work on assignments on their own timetable. The heart of MOOC learning lies in peer-to-peer interaction outside of the online classroom.

Students will view recorded lectures and read course material, but they will also share ideas with fellow MOOC classmates on discussion boards and social media platforms, such as Twitter.

For more on the educational tools used in MOOCs and other online courses offered by Embry-Riddle Worldwide, read about Technology for the Modern Student.

Anyone with Internet access can register. Because MOOCs are open to everyone, classes are often made up of a large, diverse group that spans many ages, ethnicities, and locations. The different backgrounds help to foster the exchange of ideas by bringing divergent viewpoints to the collaborative process.

The MOOC’s value comes from the content of the virtual classwork and from learning in a massive online environment, a medium that might be new to the student.

Since students are not working toward a grade or college credit, they can enroll in the MOOC without having to worry about how it will affect their GPA.

Students can do all or some of the activities  ̶  read the many valuable resources; provide insights and experiences in the discussions; join the conversation on Twitter; or choose whatever they want to do to learn about human factors. It's up to the individual student.    

Some examples of people who could benefit from enrolling in a MOOC:

  • High school student interested in aviation and/or considering applying for admission to Embry-Riddle
  • Nontraditional students  who are unsure if they are ready to head back to campus or able to achieve success in an online course
  • Students at Embry-Riddle considering changing degree programs
  • Students at other universities looking to get a firsthand glimpse of the quality courses at Embry-Riddle before deciding to transfer
  • Aviation professionals considering changing fields within the industry
  • Lifelong learners with a general interest in aviation or particular interest in the MOOC topic

It’s OK!

While we hope everyone who enrolls in a MOOC enjoys and completes the course, there is no obligation to do so. If at any time you’d like to leave the course — for whatever reason — you may do so.

Students who complete the MOOC may receive a record of attendance to mark their accomplishment. A social media badge noting successful completion of the course may be available for students who pass the course.

Students will not receive college credit for completing the MOOC.

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Future MOOCs

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