Creative Use Cases of WebEx in the Commonwealth of Independent States
There are so many interesting and engaging ways that people around the world use Cisco’s WebEx technology. While I use WebEx every day for web-based business meetings, WebEx can be used for much more. I heard about these educational efforts from my PR colleague in Russia.
Last November, the Russian educational news portal projectNEXT.ru set up a series of seminars for young designers and architects. The Cisco Russian PR team worked to get a commitment from a group of local colleagues to convert these seminars into webinars using WebEx. Since then, three such events have been held, enabling more and more people to join them on each occasion. As a result, several dozen designers and architects from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Israel, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, the UK, and Italy took part in these webinars.
In March, WebEx was used to arrange a conference of Cisco Networking Academy instructors working in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Uzbekistan. About 50 instructors took part in this event, which turned out to be the first such gathering in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Another way Cisco is using WebEx in Russia is to expand the unique Cisco Expo Learning Club, which is a program designed to raise professional skills of Cisco customers in Russia. The project includes a series of free training events, seminars, and other actions prepared by Cisco and its partners, specifically for club members. It helps to spread information about Cisco’s authorized training centers and courses. From its inception in February 2009, the program has grown to more than 5300 members today, enabling hundreds of IT specialists in more than 100 Russian cities and neighboring countries to get regular updates on the newest technology. For a region as vast as Russia and the CIS, the WebEx technology helped more people to have access to necessary information via video than would have been possible in the past via traditional modes of communication. The interactive video also allows questions to be asked in real time, creating a intimate learning atmosphere, even when participants are countries apart.