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Smart Grid Essentials Course Available on NetSpace NOW!

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany made a new course available on the learning platform of the Cisco Networking Academy:

The 80 hours learning material provides insights on smart grid technology and reflects the technical regulation in Germany.

The course is available in German language at the beginning. Every existing instructor on NetSpace has immediate access to the new course material. Instructor training is not mandatory.

Why do we need an intelligent grid system?
We are experiencing a transition in energy supply all over the globe. Renewable energy sources produce more and more of the electrical energy demand in many countries. When we use solar and wind energy, energy providers face a significant challenge: Fluctuating energy production with changing weather conditions.

Intelligence in the grid system can help to balance the ups and downs in energy production and consumption. What will be installed in many countries over the next decade is known as a smart grid.

Grid system
Smart Grid is an Internet of Everything implementation in the energy sector
The smart grid system is a huge IT implementation program. While traditional meters were read out once a year, modern digital meters provide data every 5 minutes, every day, 12 months a year. Data about the actual household consumption and information about the grid situation has to be exchanged over an IP based network.

Electrical installers lack the competence to install a smart grid system
Traditional vocational education for electrical installers does not include competences to connect intelligent devices with the internet. But this is the qualification that millions of electrical installers all over the world will need in the next year.

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany developed a course material that will help to close the skills gap in electrical engineering. We are convinced that this will support individual employability and will help to roll our an intelligent grid infrastructure.

Smart Grid home installations

Smart Grid Essentials provides competences to install smart electrical devices
The 80 hours course explains the functionality and required devices of a smart grid home system. Students will learn how to connect smart meters with a home area network (HAN) and integrating smart meter gateways in a wide area network (WAN). Instructors can expect detailed installation procedures for smart meter installation and security aspects of a smart grid system based on German technical regulations.


Assessments or Possibility to check their own learning

Our youth on the way into their future

The discussion about missing experts in IT and other industries which requires a STEM education just does not stop. If you participate in the discussion about the attractiveness of professions to our youth, you will start reflecting about abilities, competencies and skills and their importance as a result of the learning process.

Depending on if you are

  • educator
  • parent
  • learner
  • administrator
  • political stakeholder,

the goals and requirements look completely different. If you think about this topic in detail, it becomes clear very fast that it is a very complex topic.

Everyone of us knows exams and tests as a measure for performance evaluation, in written form or in form of project work. Everyone of us has his or her own experience, as pupil, student or educator: we all have our opinion and views about it. At the end a diploma, a university degree, a certification or accreditation should be the result of an education or training. They open doors for their holders and are sort of an entry ticket for a community, a circle of expert or an entire ecosystem.

A different view

As an educator I often witness a phenomenon that knowledge disappears as soon as the knowledge became part of the individual knowledge base. To make this knowledge visible for the person, tests can be used in a self controlling or self reflective way.

The first point of the “Tips for new teaching staff” from an Australian University starts with

—- Assessment should help students to learn —-

This underlines that a “check your own knowledge” function is aiming at exactly this goal.



“In my CCNA courses I use the assessments in the following way: they are compulsory to be done at home supporting their learning process. I do not check the results or assess their performance with them, there is no connection to their grades. They can do the chapter tests as many times as they want, make a competition out of it or work in groups.

The learners should get the possibility to check their own learning – with this taking part of the responsibility for their learning success. This builds trust in their own competencies and motivates them to continue learning.

Another huge advantage is that they can get to know the type of questions and tasks asked in a standardized industry certification.

An additional motivation is the voucher they can get for the Cisco Certification Exam when they reach 75% at the end assessment.”

Thanks to Daniel Jossen for sharing his experience on how he is using assessments in his teaching
Networking Academy Alumni and Instructor in the Switzerland

Standardized tests are part of our life, increasingly so as they help to make education across different countries comparable. They are an instrument favored by politicians and businesses.

At the same time the educational settings and rules of the game are changing dramatically. New forms of teaching and learning appear on the market: tandem learning platforms, MOOCs and other learning platforms are freely accessible and learning partnerships step into a traditional teacher role.

Wie schätzen Sie diese Entwicklungen ein?

How do you see these developments?
How do you use assessments in the Cisco Networking Academy Courses?

Looking forward to your feedback …



A school that does not require the person to have a degree or any other kind of school certificate is Ecole 42. The founder Nicolas Sadirac says “that a school should not deliver a diploma but a profession”. [in French]

Education Scotland has a great collection about principles of assessment and the role of Role of ICT in learning

Tips for new teaching staff” from an Australian University

Getting deeper into the question What does Research say about Assessment?

Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment — from Finland to Singapore.

Most important resource of the future: Enthusiasm and Skills

#skillsbern2014 #ictskillsch #NetAcad

The futere of our nations is depending on our young talents.

The Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern showed that the most important resource of the future is found in Switzerland. With the support of numerous companies, professional federations, experts and the families of the participants. A indescribable feeling to have been there.  Gratulation!

The Winners

Check out the winners in Trade 39, videos from the competion and fotos from the SwissSkills Bern 2014

Cisco and the Cisco Networking Academy live at the Swiss Skills

A few highlights from the last four intensive days in Bern

„How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
The Internet explained for people of all ages by Cisco Systems Engineers

“It was explained in such a way that even the youngest of our visitors could understand.”


Demo Projekt Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with technology of today?
Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro Vocational students from the BBB Baden

“We presented our project to different people, sometimes very simple and sometimes more detailed so that the respective audience could understand based on the knowledge they had. This lead to the fact that we did not have a fixed presentation showing the way from A to B but we adapted to our audience on the fly.”


Career talk with the  Swiss Skills Winners 2012, World Skills Trade 39 Participant Switzerland & Expert in Leipzig 2013
Talking to Lukas Hubschmid, Danny Meier, Pascal Knecht

“Interview at the Berufswahlradio – made by young people for young people: You two went to the World Championship of professions. How was it and what was the name of your profession again? Can you explain what Networking Technology means?”


Expert Talk: Cyber Security
Michi Hostettler, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Swiss Cyber Security Challenge
What does Social Engineering or Reverse Engineering mean and what does it have to do with Security? We understood that it is necessary to understand how hackers think to be able to build the best defense against threats into our solutions.

“I learned the most in the security discussion round with the president of the Swiss Cyberstorm Organization, two Security Challenge Finalists and the Cisco-Team. The discussion topics were very interesting and lead me to further reflection. “

Expert Talk: Cooles IT Handicrafts. What is the IoE? What is a Raspberry Pi?
Peter Broger, Networking Academy Instructor aus Bregenz, Landesschulrat Vorarlberg, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro

“The Raspberry Pi is a vool box. You can build your own systems with it. There is a large community out there where people exchange examples with manuals on how to build them. Using this in the classroom is ideal. “

If you ever have the possibility to visit a Skills Competition anywhere on this globe, please do so. You will meet the most engaged and committed people with enthusiasm and skills – whatever they might do – who can inspire you with all their positive energy.

A huge THANK YOU to all who made our presence there possible:

Cisco Projekt Team: Matthias Wick, Jutta Jerlich, Eveline Trinkler, Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
Cisco Stand Team: Nadine Amrein, Christine Leuthold, Noemi Thum, Martin Broneske, Sung-Ah Jung, Florian Deragisch, Andres Moser, Stephanie Schläpfer
Cisco Schweiz: CEO Chris Martin
BBB Baden: Hanspeter Vogt, Pascal Knecht, Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Swiss Cyber Storm: Michi Hostettler, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach

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Teaching others makes you learn

Veronika Klauzova’s studies at the Technical University of Košice in the Slovak Republic helped inspire her to become an academy instructor on her path to a technical career.

TU Kosice

Interested in why and how women get into Engineering I just came across the story of Veronika Klauzova, a student from the Technical  University of Košice who also teaches as an instructor, teaching Cisco CCNA courses at the same academy where she studies. 

“The students are always asking questions, which I’m not prepared for, so it makes me solve things on the fly. It is a bit time consuming, but worth it.”

She says that her interest in teaching was sparked when she explained her studies to friends. That interest grew further when she partnered with a group of like-minded students to pursue a self-taught Cisco CCNP course. Throughout the course, each student in the group taught a section of the curriculum to the rest of the group.

Throughout all my accepted roles and self chosen tasks and projects it was always beneficial for me to explain my thought, a concept or a topic to another person and lead to better understanding it myself. When teaching others about something new it is not only the subject you teach but also about the way how you connect it to prior knowledge of the learner so that the new  topics can really be integrated into a mind.

The most important point in supporting other people in their learning is to spark the motivation to learn. You need to ask the WHY question. A liking for a subject area can be detected early on in your childhood, become apparent later in your life or take a long time to emerge.

Klauzova has a passion for technology that leads back to when she was a young girl playing computer games. She and her friends began researching the technology behind multiplayer games and after an introductory course in high school, she knew she wanted to continue her studies with a technical focus.

It is great when people who really like what they do help in spreading the enthusiasm for a topic. It is personal stories like hers that help other young people to find their passion.


Meet people with passion

Girlsday 2014 in Vienna

Cisco Blog Article “Lets hear it for the girls”


Summer Postcard

Lifetime NetAcad Curriculum for Alumni

Sonnestrahlen_klDear NetAcad Instructors!
Dear Alumni!

Another education year completed and the summer almost gone as well. 🙁
In Fall new phases of life will start, are you thinking about what will be next: more studies or maybe your first job?

With that the question may arise if a former NetAcad student may still have access to the NetAcad Curriculum?

YES, alumni have lifetime access to all materials on NetSpace. This is also valid for those who still have an Academy Connection Account.

The new self-enrol courses – yep, those courses where NetAcad students can just sign up – in following topics make this very attractive:

  • Introduction to the Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Get Connected

Please inform your alumni about this opportunity. Here is the registration link for alumni.

With best summer greetings

Jutta Jerlich
Carsten Johnson
Tobias Köppel


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