Allen Carson Cohen will be offering the three live online courses in Insect Rearing Systems, starting in October (5) and ending in December (30), 2021. The live, synchronous courses include extensive treatment (lectures, videos, tutorials, and discussions) of the basics of insect rearing. Professor Cohen’s emphasis in the three courses is on treating rearing systems in a scientific way, applying design of experiments extensively. Students with little or no background in statistics will learn how the most up-to-date procedures in insect rearing can be developed and improved through using designs such as response surface, full-factorial, and mixture designs. The courses are based on Professor Cohen’s recent books Insect Diets: Science and Technology (2015) and Design, Operation, and Control of Insect Rearing Systems (2021), both from CRC Press.

The courses treat all aspects of rearing, starting with basic understanding of the biology of the insects that we rear and the basic biological, physical and chemical characteristics of diets, environments, microbial interactions, genetics, and facilities. Once the basics are established Professor Cohen guides students through the implications of the various fundamentals and concepts to fitness and quality of reared insects. Professor Cohen draws from literature that covers the oldest works on insect rearing through publications that are recently published.

In these courses, Professor Cohen takes the approach of understanding the insects through the concepts of homeostasis and stress factors that stem from all levels of rearing system organization. Furthermore, Cohen constantly applies the rearing background to the specific issues of interest to students. Registration costs are $250 per course, or $750 for all three courses (which may be taken out of sequence). The courses each last for 4 weeks (8 lectures), for a total of 12 weeks of learning experiences for the whole sequence. Courses are taught through Zoom and Moodle, and students are provided with course materials (lecture notes, and many PDFs of relevant and current materials). The three courses constitute more than 52 hours of instruction plus the option of post-class discussions of topics of special interest to students. Please see future blog pages for further discussion of the unique nature of these courses.