Online Education

Since starting online courses (through the Office of Professional Development at NCSU) in 2015, we have served about 150 participants (students) in online teaching. While the first courses were offered as self-paced courses, we have moved to a live (synchronous) format delivered through Zoom and Moodle. The newer courses have MUCH more immediacy and contact with the instructor, Professor Allen Carson Cohen, who has more than 45 years of experience in insect rearing and more than 50 years experience in research and teaching. 

In the new synchronous/live format, students can interact to lecture and demonstration materials through questions and answers and by introducing their own experiences. In the most recent classes, many students stayed after class to engage Professor Cohen in specific questions about their rearing issues, and lively, productive discussions ensued through this format.

One more thought: according to user demand, we can devise new courses in a variety of topics (such as diet development strategies, process control, problem-solving in insectaries, and development of standard operating procedures).

Starting the 2022 Courses in Insect Rearing (March-May, 2022)

Course 1: Diets

Topics (emphasis on quality diets’ characteristics: palatability, nutrition, bioavailabilty, stability)

March 1, 2022

Introduction, how we study diets

March 3, 2022

Kinds of diets/ Nutrition

March 8, 2022

Nutrition Feeding biology

March 10, 2022

Feeding biology (mouth parts)

March 15, 2022

Feeding biology (gut structures, etc.)

March 17, 2022

Diet equipment

March 22, 2022

Diet error factors/ diet interactions

March 24, 2022

Diet development

Course 2: Operations

 Emphasis on Structural Dynamics of Multiple Rearing Systems

March 29, 2022

Introduction, the system concept

March 31, 2022

Understanding the interplay between system components

April 5, 2022

System Case Studies: silkworms, Drosophila rearing systems

April 7, 2022

Case Studies: pink bollworm, Mass-rearing boll weevils, corn earworms, army worms

April 12, 2022

Case Studies: Gypsy moth and screwworms

April 14, 2022

Case Studies: tephritid fruit flies

April 19, 2022

Case Studies: plant bugs and predators

April 21, 2022

Case Studies: other major rearing operations

Course 3: Stress, Design, Control

Emphasis on Control of Stress Factors and Reducing Error

April 26, 2022

Introduction, design of experiments and statistical process control

April 28, 2022

Quality control, process control, error

May 3, 2022

Microbial Relations Part 1

May 5, 2022

Microbial Relations Part 2

May 10, 2022

Domestication and Genetics Part 1

May 12, 2022

Domestication and Genetics Part 2

May 17, 2022

Stress, Homeostasis, and Stability Part 1

May 19, 2022

Stress, Homeostasis, and Stability Part 2

May 24, 2022

Conclusions and Discussion (extra, optional class meetings for wrap-up and clarification of students’ special issues)

May 26, 2022

Conclusions and Discussion (extra, optional class meetings for wrap-up and clarification of students’ special issues)

These classes are scheduled to be taught live (via Zoom and Moodle) from 2:00-4:20 pm Eastern Time. However, we can arrange to have different times to accommodate people from time zones that are very different from the US times. For example, last year, I taught the classes from 7:00 to 9:20 pm (Eastern Time) to accommodate people in the Asian-Pacific region. We can arrange times for Asian-Pacific, African and European participants, provided that we can get five or more participants for each time frame. To meet the needs of our world audience, we can begin lectures at times that correspond with convenient local times.

Registration Fees: $250 for each course ($750 for all three courses).

Please note that these 3 courses can be taken in any sequence (i.e., Course 1 is not a pre-requisite for Course 2, etc.) However, there are unique materials in each course, so for a comprehensive rearing background, it is recommended that students take all three courses. The courses consist of eight 2 hour and 10-minute lectures, so the 3 courses (24 lectures) provide 52 hours of concentrated learning opportunity. Also, Professor Cohen encourages students to remain online after class to ask questions or discuss issues of particular interest to them. This feature gives students a further opportunity to get advice and feedback from their instructor. The extensive interactions in these courses are further enhanced by the opportunity to communicate special questions or issues via email. Professor Cohen believes deeply in the Socratic method of inquiry, and he fosters learning by being open to students’ interacting with the materials and he encourages students to further integrate what they have been learning in class with their experiences in their own rearing backgrounds.

To register for courses, please contact Ms. Carolyn Howard (cmhowar4@ncsu.edu)

Insect Diet Science and Technology: https://reporter.ncsu.edu/link/courseview?courseID=MCE-OPD-C-OLFINSDT&deptName=MCE

 

Insect Rearing System Operations: https://reporter.ncsu.edu/link/courseview?courseID=MCE-OPD-C-OLFIRSO&deptName=MCE

 

Design and Control of Insect Rearing Systems: https://reporter.ncsu.edu/link/courseview?courseID=MCE-OPD-C-OLFDSPQC&deptName=MCE

 

Carolyn Howard, CPP

Program Assistant

McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education

Office of Professional Development

NC State University

Campus Box 7401

Raleigh, NC 27695

Direct Line: 919-513-2798

Fax: 919-515-7614

 

These classes are scheduled to be taught live (via Zoom and Moodle) from 2:00-4:20 pm Eastern Time. However, we can arrange to have different times to accommodate people from time zones that are very different from the US times. For example, last year, I taught the classes from 7:00 to 9:20 pm (Eastern Time) to accommodate people in the Asian-Pacific region. We can arrange times for African and European participants, provided that we can get five or more participants for each time frame.

Registration Fees: $250 for each course ($750 for all three courses).

Please note that these 3 courses can be taken in any sequence (i.e., Course 1 is not a pre-requisite for Course 2, etc.) However, there are unique materials in each course, so for a comprehensive rearing background, it is recommended that students take all three courses. The courses consist of eight 2 hour and 10-minute lectures, so the 3 courses (24 lectures) provide 52 hours of concentrated learning opportunity. Also, Professor Cohen encourages students to remain online after class to ask questions or discuss issues of particular interest to them. This feature gives students a further opportunity to get advice and feedback from their instructor. The extensive interactions in these courses are further enhanced by the opportunity to communicate special questions or issues via email. Professor Cohen believes deeply in the Socratic method of inquiry, and he fosters learning by being open to students’ interacting with the materials and he encourages students to further integrate what they have been learning in class with their experiences in their own rearing backgrounds.

To register for courses, please contact Ms. Carolyn Howard (cmhowar4@ncsu.edu)

 
 
 
Carolyn Howard, CPP
Program Assistant
McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education
NC State University
Campus Box 7401
Raleigh, NC 27695
Direct Line: 919-513-2798
Fax: 919-515-7614

Registration Fees: $250 for each course ($750 for all three courses).

Please note that these 3 courses can be taken in any sequence (i.e., Course 1 is not a pre-requisite for Course 2, etc.) However, there are unique materials in each course, so for a comprehensive rearing background, it is recommended that students take all three courses. The courses consist of eight 2 hour and 10-minute lectures, so the 3 courses (24 lectures) provide 52 hours of concentrated learning opportunity. Also, Professor Cohen encourages students to remain online after class to ask questions or discuss issues of particular interest to them. This feature gives students a further opportunity to get advice and feedback from their instructor. The extensive interactions in these courses are further enhanced by the opportunity to communicate special questions or issues via email. Professor Cohen believes deeply in the Socratic method of inquiry, and he fosters learning by being open to students’ interacting with the materials and he encourages students to further integrate what they have been learning in class with their experiences in their own rearing backgrounds.

 

Insect Diets: Science & Technology 2015Design, Operation, & Control of Insect Rearing Systems, 2021

Cohen 2015 (Insect Diets: Science & Technology) and Cohen 2021 (Design, Operation, and Control of Insect Rearing Systems )

Please note further: the 24 lectures in the 3 courses are based on the contents of the two books authored by Professor Cohen. Together, these books contain 31 chapters (plus appendices), so each lecture is based on roughly one of the chapters.

The lectures are held together by several threads (or recurring themes): 1) rearing should be science driven, so we use the design of experiments approach to understand the relationships of our rearing system components; 2) the better you know your insect, the more successful will be your rearing operation; 3) reared insects’ fitness goes hand-in-hand with reduction of stress; 4) rearing high quality(highly fit) insects depends on recognition and reduction of stress in the rearing system; 5) rearing systems are artificial ecological niches (therefore, understanding the dynamics of diet, gas exchange, water balance, temperature/metabolic relations, microbial interactions, genetics, etc. will help us solve and prevent problems in rearing operations); 6) error (=variability/=uncertainty) reduction is essential to quality control in our rearing systems

 

The dynamics of twin-screw extruders used in insect diet-making
The basics of heating and mixing of diets using flash sterilisers/ flash-cooking technology

Current Online Course Brochure

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