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Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions

From the University of Alberta comes Bugs 101, a free online course that introduces learners to "the diverse (and sometimes alien) world of arthropods to learn how they work, what they do, and how insects and humans interact every day." Launched in August 2019 on Coursera, the course is taught by Dr. Maya Evenden, a professor of biological sciences specializing in entomology at the University of Alberta. Some of the topics covered in the course include how insect bodies work, the vital roles arthropods play in ecosystems, the importance of insect conservation, and how insects influence human culture. The course is self-paced and is designed to take approximately 26 hours total over 14 modules, with a suggested pace of 2-3 hours per week. Those interested can enroll at the above link for free, and there is also the option to purchase a certificate to access graded assignments in addition to the course readings and videos. For anyone curious to learn about insect biology and how insects and arthropods affect human society, this course offers an excellent starting point.
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