What courses are totally free?
Get connected/Be Your Own Boss/Entrepreneurship - these are collection of short courses (each under 15 hours) that can be used for students requiring digital literacy or business development skills.
Introduction to CyberSecurity - this is a single short course set at under 15 hours. Designed to take any student from no knowledge to informed. It covers the technical and legal aspects as well as offers a set of practical activities using the free Packet Tracer network simulator.
CyberSecurity Essentials - set at approximately 30 hours of study. Designed to follow on from the Introduction to Cybersecurity. This course offers the student an insight into the professional expectations around being a cybersecurity professional as well as explore the technologies used to secure the system as well as recognise commonplace exploits and risks.
Programming in Python - released December 2017. This short course includes an inbuilt browser based development environment that provides support and feedback to the student. This course is 70hrs, and is split into two sections covering 'procedural' [40hrs] and 'object oriented' [30hrs] programming
C/C++ Essentials and Advanced ... a core language of many different systems, including Linux and many embedded systems. These courses are designed to take students from a low experience level to moderately advanced programming skills. All of these courses can be used in conjunction with any computer science programme. Each course is approximately 70hrs in length.
Linux Unhatched/Linux Essentials - supported by Cisco partners NDG. Accompanied by an in built browser based virtual machine. These courses provide a practical introduction to the open source Linux operating system
Obligatory Linux Penguin - Tux Pic by Larry Ewing
Internet of Things (introduction and fundamentals) - this is a range of courses, that enable students to discover home and industrial automation technologies. Supported by Packet Tracer, these courses explore integrated technologies as well as programming skills. This course is approximately 24hrs. There are additional IoT courses covering Big Data + Analytics, Security and Connecting Things - each of these require prior accreditation (offered for free) and are an estimated 50hrs each.
Packet Tracer - this is a free for education network simulator. Any Cisco Academy can use this for all of their students, on all computers in all classes. Packet Tracer covers an extensive range of technologies, including programmable IoT devices.
As a Cisco Academy, you are not obliged to teach all courses - consider this to be a library of educational resources. Which you may select and adapt to fit your own academic objectives as well as those of your students.
In addition, we have worked with Birmingham City University, Cisco Systems and Computing at Schools to create a set of entry level formative resources (called computing for schools) via the Open Learn Create platform. Please feel free to access, share and make use of these resources.