I’ve just been contacted by Jerry Bromenshenk of the University of Montana who is, experimentally, starting an on-line course, initally for beginners then, as time passes and experience, (both his team’s and the students’) is gained for further stages leading towards an academic qualification (well, credits with the UMa).
I declined the opportunity to become too deeply involved as it is about 30 years since I last took a beekeeping exam, life’s too busy anyway and I shall be away from home and probably off the computer during about half of the first course. Jerry will forward stuff to me anyway so I may be able to chip in on the proposed forum if the opportunity presents.
I passed the invitation to my friend Vanessa who is now a Master Beekeeper, as well as being Ireland’s Honey Queen, and she has responded enthusiastically. I hope it works out. Hmmm… isn’t ‘Master Beekeeper’ a politically incorrect, gender biassed term for somebody of the female persuasion?