10 suggestions for smarter online course design

For every pilot flying an aircraft today, there is an instructor who made it happen. Teaching someone to fly an aircraft involves multiple layers of skill and ability, psychological intuition, courage, and logic. Online course design can benefit from what we have learned about teaching someone to fly.

Today, pilots can accomplish all knowledge-based training online and complete all airline jet flight training in a motion-based simulator. This technology is so realistic that a new First Officer joining an airline will begin flying passengers without having ever been in the actual airplane beforehand.

Online aviation courses have made similar advancement with designs that allow students to interact with aircraft systems animation. Students can turn virtual dials or push switches and watch what happens to the aircraft hydraulic system. While this technology achieves fantastic realism, online course design in aviation still relies on the basic understanding of how humans learn and how they react.…Read More