New MOOC: Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering

08 November 2013 by Webredactie M&C

Following the highly successful launch of the first two free online courses, the third TU Delft MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering – will be starting in March 2014. Registration for the course is now open. Wherever a person is in the world, the MOOC gives them free access to TU Delft’s knowledge.

Aeronautical Engineering

Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering will start in March 2014. The course provides an overview of and an introduction to basic knowledge of aeronautics, with aviation history as the leitmotiv. The MOOC uses examples from the very early days (the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon in 1783 and the first aeroplane flown by the Wright brothers in 1903) and continues to today’s Airbus A380 and aircraft of the future.

The course teaches the participants how to make all the essential calculations for every aircraft. The MOOC is intended for future aeronautics students, professionals in the aviation sector who do not have an engineering background, and anyone with a general interest in aviation.

“TU Delft has the largest Aerospace Engineering faculty in the West, so we see it as our duty to offer this course as one of the first MOOCs,” says Jacco Hoekstra, Professor of Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management at TU Delft. He initiated the course and is also one of the lecturers.


The first two TU Delft MOOCs started this September, with around 25,000 taking ‘Introduction to Water Treatment’, while ‘Solar Energy’ attracted 50,000 participants. Wherever a person is in the world, the MOOCs give them free access to TU Delft’s knowledge. Those taking part view video material, read, carry out assignments, hold discussions on the forum, and can round off the course with a participation certificate. TU Delft provides the MOOCs via the edX platform, an online education platform thatinstitutions such as MIT and Harvard have been using since 2012 to make courses available to anyone with an Internet connection.

More information
Go to the TU Delft MOOC website.
To register for the MOOC go to Aeronautical Engineering.

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