As one of the world’s largest and most innovative e-learning programs, the Cisco Networking Academy is training a worldwide community of professionals to fill the ever-growing global IT skills shortage.
Since launching in 1997, Cisco’s Networking Academy has provided more than 2 million students with vital IT and networking skills in more than 160 countries, making it one of the largest e-learning programs in the world.
E-learning enables anytime, anywhere instruction for all students, regardless of location, socioeconomic status, gender, or race. The Cisco Networking Academy is available to students even in the least developed countries.
The Academy’s e-learning program is comprised of four main functional areas:
- Curriculum: 18 e-learning courses designed to prepare students for career opportunities and globally recognized certifications
- Relationships: Partnerships with educational, non-profit, business, and government organizations improve the accessibility of e-learning curricula, encourage workforce development, and help students succeed
- Infrastructure: Robust data management handles nearly 1 million assessments each month and delivers e-learning courses in multiple languages
- Support: Continual measurement of progress and outcomes ensures that students accomplish their e-learning goals
E-Learning Bridges the Economic Development Gap through Global Education Initiative
The Global Education Initiative (GEI) resulted from an appeal at the 2003 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to develop an e-learning model that would reduce the gap between developed and developing countries in support of the following global objectives:
- Sustainable growth of national economies
- Health improvements
- Environmental protection
- Social justice
Based on the success of implementing e-learning programs in Jordan, the GEI is now being implemented in the Indian State of Rajasthan and in Egypt. A new partnership with UNESCO will provide a cornerstone on which to build future success.
E-Learning Encourages Educational Reform with 21st Century Schools Initiative
Backed by Cisco’s $40 million investment in technology and e-learning programs, the 21st Century Schools Initiative (21S) aims to create a model for educational reform, beginning with schools in Louisiana and Mississippi.
- Connected schools: Extensive network, data center, and physical plant upgrades
- Connected learning: Teaching instructors and administrators how to integrate new technologies and e-learning into their lessons
- Connected communities: Enabling broadband access and offering support to parents and teachers
As part of the 21S initiative, 18 Cisco Leadership Fellows have relocated to Mississippi and Louisiana as of October 2007 to provide consulting services in educational governance, teacher training, and the integration of e-learning into high school curricula.
To date, more than 30,000 students have directly benefited from the 21S program’s provision of e-learning tools and other new approaches to education. Key 21S accomplishments include:
- The deployment of a fully converged voice, video, and data technology infrastructure in all participating Mississippi schools
- The training of more than 3,000 teachers in new technologies and innovative e-learning methods
- The implementation of 37 educational programs