Abstract The paper presents motivations and experiences from using the BeesyCluster middleware for teaching high performance computing at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology. Features of BeesyCluster well suited for conducting courses are discussed including: easy-to-use WWW interface for application development and running hiding queuing systems, publishing applications as services and running in a sandbox by novice users, team work and workflow management environments. Additionally, practical experiences are discussed from courses: High Performance Computing Systems and Architectures of Internet Services. For the former, activities such as the number of team work activities, numbers of applications run on clusters and the number of WWW user sessions are shown over the period of one semester. Results of survey from a general course on BeesyCluster for HPC conducted for the university staff and students are also presented.