Ian Temple

No Longer at Cisco

Ian Temple is the Director of Higher Education Transformation & Strategy Consulting for Cisco. In this capacity, Ian works with higher education leaders to identify vexing business challenges which require transformation. His knowledge of the challenges and stressors affecting higher education – and the enabling impact infrastructure and technology artfully applied can have on addressing these challenges – makes Ian a highly-sought leader in this field.

Prior to his current role, Ian was instrumental in the launch and expansion of Cisco’s Public Sector Vertical, where he managed operations for Cisco’s SLED (state, local and education) business across the USA and Canada, and then managed global operations and field enablement for Cisco’s Global Education team.

Before joining Cisco, he founded the Center for Digital Education & Center for Digital Government in Folsom, CA. Prior to The Center he founded Gartner’s SLED vertical in North America which he directed for seven years, ultimately building it into Gartner’s largest vertical globally. He then joined the ranks of Gartner analysts, where he launched Gartner’s first-ever SLED research program for CIOs – EXP for Government & Education.

Ian is a recognized leader in the education and state/local government market, and is a frequent speaker at both Cisco and industry events.

He and his family reside in Palo Alto, California.


April 24, 2014


#HigherEdThursdays: New Models for Online Learning

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Mark Twain once remarked, when asked about issues related to plagiarism, “Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources;” and so it goes with online learning.  Is there such a thing as a new model for online learning?  After all, online learning has been done, in a number of […]