Cisco Learning Partners Breaking New Ground with Collaboration
By Irene Kinoshita, President of Ascolta
Ascolta Virtual, Fusion, and Simulclass are examples of how we utilize collaborative technologies such as Cisco’s WebEx and TelePresence to provide an effective training solution to clients enrolled in our Cisco classes. These collaborative technologies allow us to transform the traditional instructor led classroom environment into an online virtual classroom with the added convenience of attending from wherever you choose eliminating the need to travel.
Although we have been teaching courses in a virtual environment for over 10-years, delivery technologies like WebEx and TelePresence have vastly improved to provide the student with a much more robust learning environment. By introducing TelePresence as part of our solution, we find that it enhances the human experience eliminating the “detached” feeling often encountered from other distance learning offerings. And, as technologies advance so do our instructor’s facilitation skills. We continue to refine and perfect our teaching methods to incorporate all the tools and resources provided via these technologies to fully maximize the learning process.
We’re finding the adoption rate for virtual learning has increased well over 100% and is probably the fastest growing segment of our business. Beyond offering Cisco training, we anticipate numerous applications utilizing these collaboration tools to include mentoring, “chalk-talk,” webinars, study sessions, collaborative sessions on best practices, etc.
Our overall goal for our students is to provide the transference of information and the ability to practice the necessary skills in an environment that best suits their interests whether it is classroom or on-line/virtual learning.