Online Education: Introduction to Insect Rearing

Our first courses in insect rearing were successfully completed by nearly 100 rearing students/professionals thus far.  We have, for the students’ convenience, combined the first two courses into one, which is offered for the registration fee of $400.00 (US).  One of the most important advantages for people taking the course is the opportunity to interact with the course developer, Allen Carson Cohen.  Once students have gone through a module, they can ask questions or make comments and get prompt responses from Dr. Cohen.

Please note that the Introduction to Insect Rearing Course is now being presented as a single course (rather than two separate courses that required separate registrations). The course is divided into convenient topics called “modules.”  Each module has an objective (mainly a true/false) quiz to give students some feedback, but there will also be opportunities for students to answer essay questions that give them more of a chance to express their ideas and to get feedback from Allen Cohen about their grasp of the subject.  The essay feature is designed to give students a very strong connection with the instructor.  Also, please note that the courses are NOT for credit, so students will not be graded.  Also, the courses are enriched with supplements, especially videos that illustrate topics very graphically.

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Insect Rearing 1 Syllabus
Course 1A consists of 32 short video lectures on a variety of topics related to insect rearing. Below is a list of the topics that you will learn in the course.
Overview (Who rears insects and why?)
1. Course Philosophy
2. Who Rears Insects? Why Do They Rear Them? Where Are They Reared?
Insectary Structure
3. Insectary Layouts/Floor Plans
4. Insectaries as Environments
5. An Overview of Rearing Containers
6. Basics of Insectary Sanitation
7. Basics of Insectary Safety
The Biological Characteristics and Requirements of Insects
8. Insect Life Cycles in Rearing Settings
9. Insect Feeding Systems I: Nutrition
10. Insect Feeding Systems II: Mouthparts
11. Insect Feeding Systems III: The Digestive System
12. Gas Exchange
13. Movement and Internal Communication
14. Rearing-related Components of Insect Development
15. Reproduction
16. Circulation and Transport
17. Social Biology in the Rearing Setting
18. An Overview of “Healthy” Insects
The Domestication Process (What are the steps in and consequences of domestication?)
19. Insect Genetics: A Brief Overview
20. Domestication: An Overview
21. Domestication: How It Affects Rearing and Insect Quality
22. Understanding Insect Feeding Systems as They Pertain to Rearing
Understanding Insect Diets (What is in diets and what do the components do?)
23. Types of Diets & Diet Terminology
24. Components of Diets & What They Do
25. More about Components of Diets
26. Interactions of Insect Diet Components
27. Stability of Insect Diets & Components
28. Water in Diets (Water Content and Water Activity)
29. Texture of Insect Diets I
30. Texture of Insect Diets II
31. Handling and Treatment of Diets and Diet Components
32. Important Issues in Diet Presentation
Essentials of Insect Reproduction (mating, oviposition, and diapause in rearing systems)
33. Mating in Rearing Systems
34. Oviposition in Rearing Systems
35. Diapause in Rearing Systems
Microbial Management
36. Kinds of Microbes Relevant to Rearing
37. Kinds of Microbial Interactions (Contaminants, Symbionts, Pathogens, and Commensal Microbes)
38. Managing Microbes I
39. Managing Microbes II
40. Managing Microbes III
The Insectary as Environment
41. Temperature and Its Biological Importance
42. Humidity and Its Relationship with Rearing Issues
43. Light (Photoperiod, Intensity, and Quality)
44. Gas Exchange
45. Noise and Vibrations: the Insectary Soundscape
46. Air Quality
47. Special Cases I (Soils)
48. Special Cases II (Aquatic Systems)
Introduction to Statistical Process Control (SPC) in Rearing
49. What Is Statistical Process Control?
50. What Are the Sources of Variation in the Rearing Setting?
51. Using Fishbone Diagrams
52. What Do You Measure and How Do You Measure It?
53. Using SPC Tools for Problem Solving and Process Improvement
54. Using Pareto Charts and Pareto Thinking
55. Using Fishbone Diagrams
56. Developing and Using Process Control Charts
Managing Processes in Rearing Systems (Instruments and Equipment)
57. Basic Laboratory Instruments for Rearing I: pH and Weighing
58. Basic Laboratory Instruments for Rearing II: Water Activity and Water Content
59. Basic Laboratory Instruments for Rearing III: Volumetric and Spectrophotometric Measurements
60. Basic Laboratory Instruments for Rearing IV: Microscopes
61. Diet Instruments I
62. Diet Instruments II
What Every Rearing Specialist Should Know: Developing Education and Academic Background for Self-Improvement as a Rearing Specialist
63. Further Coursework
64. Reading Books and Journals
65. Networking and Tapping into Other Disciplines
66. Using the Internet as a Resource
Supplementary Modules: Videos on Insectaries
Visiting an Insectary I: The Gast Facility
Visiting an Insectary II: The Pink Bollworm Facility
Visiting an Insectary III: The North Carolina State University Insectary
Visiting an Insectary IV: The Otis Gypsy Moth Facility
Visiting an Insectary V: The NC State Quarantine Facility
Visiting an Insectary VI: The NCSU Insect Rearing Education and Research Rearing Rooms

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