Online Beekeeping Course Receives International Recognition

5/18/2013 7:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Web-based Penn State Extension course designed to help beginning and experienced beekeepers has been recognized for online excellence.

Beekeeping 101 was named an official honoree in the 2013 Webby Awards — one of 11 honorees in the education category. This year’s program received 11,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide.

The course was created by Penn State Public Media in collaboration with Tom Butzler, Penn State Extension horticulture educator, and Maryann Frazier, senior Extension associate in entomology.

“The Webby Awards are the leading international awards program honoring excellence on the Internet,” said project co-manager Diane Espy, senior producer/director with Penn State Public Media. “As the first Webby Award given to a project at the university, this is a prestigious recognition for Penn State.”

Webby winners are chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a global organization of industry experts and technology innovators. Website entries are judged on content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity, and overall experience.

The 10-module course combines video, multimedia and interactive activities that participants can complete at their own pace. Modules cover bee biology, bee behavior, hive management, diseases and pests, swarming, and other topics.

More information about the Beekeeping 101 course is available at

Source: Penn State Ag Sciences News.

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