Educating aviators: challenges for distance learning in aviation tertiary education

Kille, Tarryn and Bates, Paul and Murray, Patrick S. (2015) Educating aviators: challenges for distance learning in aviation tertiary education. In: Critical examinations of distance education transformation across disciplines. Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning (AMDL). IGI Publishing (IGI Global), United States, pp. 86-111. ISBN 9781466665552


This chapter provides a critical examination of the evolution of distance education in tertiary aviation programs. By reviewing the literature and studies associated with Professional Pilot training, the chapter explores the issues affecting the delivery of distance education in university Professional Pilot programs, including the global shortage of Professional Pilots, the nature of work as a Professional Pilot, the importance of simulation, and the integration of assessment. In an effort to address some of the challenges, this chapter also offers recommendations and solutions. The authors contend that tertiary aviation distance education programs need to be adjusted to consider the needs of the student and industry by: (1) implementing action-based learning, (2) considering pedagogy before technology, (3) encouraging interaction and collaboration, and (4) embedding formative assessment. The chapter aims to contribute to the body of literature aimed at enhancing the effective delivery of distance learning in aviation tertiary education.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 00:20
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 02:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: aviation training, tertiary education, action learning, distance learning, e-learning, flight crew training
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6555-2.ch005

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