Delivery of CCNA as part of a distance degree programme

Moss, Nicky and Smith, Andrew (2010). Delivery of CCNA as part of a distance degree programme. International Journal on Advances in Networks and Services, 3(3&4) pp. 370–380.


This paper reports upon the success that The Open University of the United Kingdom has had in delivering the Cisco Exploration Curriculum, as an option in an undergraduate BSc degree, using a Blended Distance Learning Model. It is argued that a constructivist learning approach was taken when designing this course, which is demonstrated by this blended learning model. This is an important pedagogical distinction, as many would see the practical focus of this course as training. The importance of Supported Open Learning as a method of teaching students, and the key role of simulators, remote access tools and day schools are also discussed as contributors to the pedagogy. Bended delivery has proven to be an excellent way of delivering Cisco courses to adult learners, as supported by student feedback and attainment. Distance teaching offers the Cisco Networking Academy program an opportunity to extend reach in both existing and new markets.

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