Online Learning

Embry-Riddle to Run MOOC on Drone Operation

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be offering a free online course on how to operate drones. "Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Concepts for New Users" lasts just two weeks and is expected to take about four hours each week of work. Hosted on the Canvas Network, the massive open online course runs Jan. 22 to Feb. 4. Course instructors will include Embry-Riddle faculty and experts from drone industry.

According to course organizers, the program will cover "everything new users need to know to safely operate their drones." Students will learn about equipment, airspace, legal requirements and flight planning tools. The two-session class can also serve as a foundation for additional study leading to becoming a commercial drone operator.

"We have had consistently great feedback about this course," said Kristy Kiernan, an assistant professor and lead instructor for the class, in a press release. "We are especially excited about the updates and changes we have made to reflect the most up-to-the-minute information in this rapidly changing part of aviation."

Students may enroll online on the Canvas Network.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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