Cisco Network Academy Info

Cisco has released some training material, and has created designs for entire courses of material to teach networking. The courses provide lots of details about working with interacting with the command line interface of the Cisco IOS operating system.

Cisco has also created something called “The Cisco Learning Network”, which the author of this text hasn't fully researched at the time of this writing, but is believed to be a replacement for the Cisco Networking Academy. Or, perhaps the Cisco Learnign Network is some sort of superset of the Cisco Networking Academy. Eitehr way, the Cisco Learning Network may include information that was part of the Cisco Network Academy curricula.

These terms, “Cisco Networking Academy” and “The Cisco Learning Network” are considered to be fairly related to each other. In fact, there is a website: Cisco Networking Academy - The Cisco Learning Network < https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/netacad > which seems related to both of these terms.

This text does not really try to make a distinction between these terms. Simply, both are related to official training material that Cisco has produced.

References to the “Exploration” and “Discovery” courses refer to some learning programs by Cisco. These include:

(Or, perhaps the names are slightly longer: “Cisco Exploration 1”, etc.)

Crediting the Cisco courses

Sometimes this website may make reference to those training courses. Presumably, that information may be helpful for somebody with current access to Cisco's CCNA training material, which has been made available to people who signed up for college courses that use official Cisco training material. Cisco may update the training material, so it is possible that the references may have become out of date. (The courses use “slides”, like a “slideshow” would. Even if the material is still part of a course, a reference to a particular slide number may be out of date.) Or, even if the references are current, they may be out of date later. Such is the reality of electronic text that may have updates be applied. Giving such references seemed to be the best effort to provide proper acknowledgement.

A lot of the material found in thse courses can also be found in public sources, like the publicly accessible documentation that is found on Cisco's public website. However, one nice tidbit to pick up from these classes are the popular abbreviations for commands that Cisco is teaching. (This is referring to not only the first word on the command line, but also parameters.)

Knowing what Cisco is encouraging for abbreviations may be a good indicator of what commands Cisco recommends. Presumably, there may be a higher chance that such abbreviations may be more prone to continue to work with newer “operating system” releases that Cisco creatse.

The author of this text (being read right here) is not aware of an official list of abbreviations that Cisco has committed to keeping working. Cisco has noted that the operating system supports using a phrase as an abbreviation when that phrase is unique from any other possible input, which is a key reason why the letters “conf” are needed to specify the “configure” command when another command named “connect” is also a possibility. Different versions of “operating system” releases may have differences in exactly what commands are supported, and so this may cause there to be differences in exactly what keystrokes will cause a certain command to be unique.

The author of this text simply presumes that Cisco is less likely to introduce changes that would break well-known abbreviations, particularly when those abbreviations are part of some official training material that has been released by Cisco. Therefore, knowing the officially taught abbreviations would, at least theoretically, be helpful. And that is a key reason why this text intentionally documents some details, like when some abbreviations are known to have been taught by official course material.