July 22, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide has opened registration on an online aviation human factors course that is free and open to the public. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is the first of a series of free courses that the university plans to offer.
“Our first MOOC covers a particularly timely subject, The Human Factor in Aviation,” Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor John R. Watret said. The crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco has definitely made the industry and public more aware of the intricacies of aviation safety, he added.
The five-week course will focus on the psychological or physiological elements related to aviation disasters. Its instructor is Dennis Vincenzi, department chair of undergraduate studies in the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide.
Registration opened July 19, and the class begins Aug. 19. Class size is limited to 500 students. For more information, see the website.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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