Online Technology for the Modern Student

In 1971, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Worldwide became one of the first 20 universities in the world to offer distance learning. Lessons and completed coursework were mailed back and forth between the professors and students. 

More than 40 years later, Embry-Riddle Worldwide continues to raise the bar with its award-winning online higher learning methods, technology, faculty, and support staff.

We have a really strong dedication to innovation. We are always looking for the next best technology for our students. We are always moving and thinking forward. We are constantly pushing the limits to give our students what they need to be leaders in society and their respective industries.

Jason Ruckert, Dean of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide.

And with these advancements in technology and education methods, Embry-Riddle Worldwide has grown to three academic colleges — Aeronautics, Arts and Sciences, and Business. Each College offers a variety of online degrees including associate’s to graduate-level classes, certifications, and professional programs.


In 2007, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University launched EagleVision, a virtual classroom that combines Web video conferencing and a learning management system to amplify the benefits of synchronous learning.

EagleVision allows for real-time collaboration in a student-centered learning environment. With technology and keeping academic quality at the forefront, we are able to offer three course delivery modes — EagleVision Classroom (between classrooms), EagleVision Home (faculty and students at home), and a blend of Classroom or Home.

It gets back to the convenience factor. You can still get that live, face-to-face interaction with faculty and other students in the convenience of your home, or from our many remote locations at other campuses.

Dr. John R. Watret, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Worldwide

EagleVision Classroom includes scheduled online times and real-time interaction with other students and professors. 

EagleVision Home offers all of the same benefits of EagleVision Classroom, but from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have a computer and the internet.


41.7 percent of global Fortune 500 companies use some form of online education and training.

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82 percent of online learners are undergraduates.

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide upgraded its Learning Management System to Canvas, an educational platform designed with the online teaching and learning experience in mind.

Canvas is a cloud-based system that is viewable on any web browser, computer or mobile, and allows for engagement and collaboration through video, audio, integrated media recorder, text, and discussion boards. Canvas also offers a free mobile app as another tool to stay connected.

Canvas’ SpeedGrader system gives faculty the ability to spend less time doing administrative work, and more time engaging the students. It converts documents automatically, so teachers can preview and annotate student submissions without having to download or upload files. The inline annotation tool enables highlighting, strikeout, and freehand drawing.

Staying connected to your courses, faculty, and other students is made easy by Canvas. The learning management system allows you the freedom to select receive notifications and course updates through email, text message, Facebook, and Twitter.

4.6  out of 10 college students are taking at least one course online, and that number is growing. 

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E-Learning increases information retention rates by up to 60 percent. 

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Companies who use e-Learning tools and strategies have the potential to boost productivity by up to 50 percent.

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72 percent of companies in a survey said e-Learning helps them to keep up-to-date with changes in their industry.

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The average age of distance learners is 34.

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Virtual Crash Lab

In May 2014, Embry-Riddle Worldwide launched its Virtual Crash Lab, another innovation by the University to enhance online students’ experiences.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide faculty and staff, working with vendors Pinnacle Solutions and Unity, integrated the gamification of education into the College of Aeronautics curriculum.

Within this environment, students will be able to examine the aircraft accident scene, document evidence, and even interview survivors. This lab will enhance the learning environment for several of our safety courses.

The virtual crash lab provides a unique, stimulating and enjoyable environment for students to practice accident investigation techniques and for faculty to evaluate students on their understanding and application of investigative technologies,”

Associate professor Dr. Katherine Moran, an associate professor for ERAU Worldwide’s College of Aeronautics.

During the exercise, students gather and submit data that satisfy certain accident investigation criteria: survival factors, human factors, aircraft structures, aircraft systems, operations and maintenance. Faculty can then assess student knowledge and comprehension by examining the evidence collected and explanation of findings. 

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