One of the major purposes of the Insect Rearing Education and Research Program at NCSU is education.  I have pointed out frequently that insect rearing is unusual among entomology disciplines in being almost entirely done by people with nor formal background in the rearing profession–only on-the-job training.  In the beginning of the 21st Century, through discussions with Drs. Frank Davis and Doug Inglis, and myself, we convinced the authorities at Mississippi State University to start a workshop series devoted to insect rearing, and the early success of that series has continued to current times, and I had expanded on that offering workshops in Tucson and more recently here at North Carolina State University.  I had become dissatisfied with the brevity of the workshops where people had to travel to our sites from all over the world to get 5 days of rearing education, mostly by lectures and demonstrations and with some touring of facilities.  I had always felt that more time was needed to cover the basics of insect rearing, and I had designed and taught several courses in insect rearing for our graduate students in the Entomology Department at NCSU (now the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology).  These semester-long courses gave students a chance to have lectures, laboratories, and to do projects on their own (with my guidance) where they were asked to design their projects as rearing efforts that were integrated with some of the analytical techniques that were taught, including biochemical analysis, texture analysis, microscopy, and a statistical basis for all projects.  These courses were well-received and highly praised by students in anonymous evaluations, so I am sure that this approach is valuable.  I will post some of the answers to test questions to show how sophisticated many of the students in these classes were at understanding the complexities and intricacies of insect rearing.

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I also realized that the vast majority of rearing professionals and aspiring “to become professionals” can be students at NCSU or can attend the 5 day workshops taught on site, so I designed and launched courses online in the principles of insect rearing.  After teaching a graduate seminar in rearing at NCSU, we started teaching lecture/lab courses in rearing (the first such class pictured above showing the whole class and some selected images of the students doing their hands-on projects = learning by doing).

Rearing Education Courses:

Non-synchronous Rearing Education Course: This is a single course, which consists of 30-35 hours of on demand lectures delivered as 66 modules. The course includes basic information on the biology of insects in relationship to rearing issues. For example, life history traits are considered in relationship to environment and diet in examples from real rearing systems. You can work on the course materials when your schedule allows, and you can complete this course under your own time frame over a 12 week period. You will take self-grading objective quizzes. If any points from the quizzes are not clear, you are encouraged to communicate with Dr. Cohen through email for clarification. Click here to register for this course.

Insect Diet Science and Technology: This course is based on Dr. Allen Carson Cohen’s book: Insect Diets, Science and Technology and Design, Operation, and Control of Insect Rearing Systems (both from CRC Press), plus recent and current research in the Insect Rearing Education and Research Program at North Carolina State University. This course is taught on a synchronous (live) basis, where PowerPoint presentations and videos will be presented and discussed. Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. (Eastern) for four (4) weeks, for a total of 20 hours of instruction. This course is current being offered in January 2021; April 2021; and July 2021. Click here to register for this course.

Insect Rearing System Operations: This course is based on Dr. Allen Carson Cohen’s book: Insect Diets, Science and Technology and Design, Operation, and Control of Insect Rearing Systems (both from CRC Press), plus recent and current research in the Insect Rearing Education and Research Program at North Carolina State University. This course is taught on a synchronous (live) basis, where PowerPoint presentations and videos will be presented and discussed. Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. (Eastern) for four (4) weeks, for a total of 20 hours of instruction. This course is current being offered in February 2021; May 2021; and August 2021. Click here to register for this course.

Design and Control of Insect Rearing Systems: This course is based on Dr. Allen Carson Cohen’s book: Insect Diets, Science and Technology and Design, Operation, and Control of Insect Rearing Systems (both from CRC Press), plus recent and current research in the Insect Rearing Education and Research Program at North Carolina State University. This course is taught on a synchronous (live) basis, where PowerPoint presentations and videos will be presented and discussed. Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. (Eastern) for four (4) weeks, for a total of 20 hours of instruction. This course is current being offered in March 2021; June 2021; and September 2021. Click here to register for this course.