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.
This course introduces participants to the regulatory foundations of aircraft accident investigation and investigative techniques specific to major accident investigations.
This course covers the technical aspects of the aircraft accident investigation process starting with preparation for investigation through report writing. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of human factors and survival investigative techniques and the application of accident investigation findings in industry and research.
Participants will have the opportunity to practice evidence collection techniques via the first-of-its-kind Virtual Aircraft Crash Lab. A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents and an evaluation of causal factors are covered.
This course is designed to not only explore investigative techniques, but to also demonstrate the need for a comprehensive investigation process; the application of hazard identification, assessment, and mitigation/control; and the relationship of human factors in mishaps.
Intended Audience: Anyone working in or interested in working in the aviation industry should have an understanding of the aircraft accident investigation process, techniques, and application of findings in industry.
Time to complete the course: 3-5 hours per week
Certificate or digital badge for completing the course: Yes
Instructor feedback: Instructors will respond to as many participants as possible.
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.
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:
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.