Embry-Riddle to offer second MOOC on human factors in aviation accidents

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents will be examined during a free, massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.

Registration for The Human Factor in Aviation is open to the public. The class, which runs from April 7 to May 11, is limited to 2,000 students.

“We offered a similar MOOC last fall and experienced overwhelming success,” said Dennis Vincenzi, lead course instructor and department chair of the undergraduate aeronautics program at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “Understanding the human element of aviation is critical as we look to prevent situations like last year’s Asiana Airlines Flight 214 accident at San Francisco International Airport. The MOOC also gives interested parties an opportunity to experience complimentary instruction from Embry-Riddle Worldwide.”

Students enrolled in the MOOC will have the flexibility of viewing lectures and working on assignments based on their own schedules. There will also be live sessions where students can watch the instructor and ask questions in real time. Much of the learning experience will focus on student interaction on discussion boards and through social media platforms such as Twitter.

For more information: Worldwide.erau.edu


  1. Dick Russell says

    Having taught Human Factors for many years @ Riddle, the. FAA, and SOSU, I believe we have finally turned the corner in addressing “why” aircraft accidents occur & the ‘how’ of fixing that-!

  2. Paul Peterson says

    I’ve signed up for this MOOC. I will make an effort to set aside more time for this MOOC, as I did not realize the amount of reading & study required when I signed up for their first MOOC offering last fall. I did not complete the first MOOC, but was impressed with the quality of course content and material covered. A true learning experience.

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