- $25 - USB Stick - Have all of the videos loaded onto a USB stick in addition to the optical disc options. You must be a backer of the $75 reward for this.
Simply raise your pledge amount by the costs above (and keep your existing reward level, unless otherwise noted), and at the end of the campaign I will send out a survey. In the survey, you can select what add-ons you paid for.
Who are you?
Hi there, my name is Andrew Crouthamel and I'm a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI). I have taught CCNA locally for several years now and have always been a fan of video training for IT professionals. One of the issues with them though, is the cost to use them. Either you have to pay several hundred dollars for a one-time purchase, or monthly for a subscription.
For those who wish to remain legal but have a tight budget, these great video trainings are unavailable. I'm passionate about teaching others IT, and to help those who wish to learn, I want to release quality video trainings for free! To start, I want to produce a CCNA series due to it being a great baseline for additional learning. Upon completion of the video series, I intend on uploading it to YouTube for everyone to view.
Cisco has just announced that a new CCNA Network Academy curriculum (5.0) is due in the June to December timeline for 2013. The CCNA exams are also being updated by the end of September. When the new curriculum is released, I want to review it and generate an outline and notes for the training series. Then of course, record the videos and release them as quickly as possible. Often video training companies are slow to respond to new material, I not only want to have these free, but the first available.
Why do you need funding?
From reviewing the existing curriculum, I estimate there to be around 150 videos, each one a specific subject, for a run time of around 100 or so hours. It's an enormous undertaking and I need help to accomplish it. With these funds, I intend on hiring someone to help create that initial outline, which will be about a hundred hours worth of work alone. I then will take a week off from my normal job and record the whole series.
I have already received quotes for the work I need completed, and the funding goal reflects that. No more, no less. All of my time, which will certainly be in the hundreds of hours range, will be unpaid. Once complete, I will use video hosting services such as YouTube to provide them for free to the rest of the world.
If more funds are raised than needed for this video, the money will go towards stretch goals such as improved post production and additional series such as CCNA Security, Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA), and others.
What will the videos look like?
They will be produced in the style of many other IT video series, with a screen cast digital white board style, and applications included (such as telnet/SSH to a router) when needed.
What about the rewards?
The rewards are financially spread out to best accommodate as many people as possible, and I've tried to keep the most interesting ones as low in price as possible. Unfortunately, hosting bandwidth, producing physical discs, shipping, etc. all cost money, so the prices reflect those costs with a similar ratio of money going to the usable funding goal for each.
Due to said bandwidth and production costs of such a large project, only backers will get digital or physical copies of the video files and I will rely on video hosting services such as YouTube to provide them for free to the rest of the world.
Risks and challenges
Most of the risks and challenges related to my project revolve around timing. It is possible Cisco delays some of the content as it gets released and I will need to push out the delivery timeline. The update will though, happen, as it has been long overdue. An additional time-related challenge will be the recording and post-production time. It is possible those steps will take longer than anticipated, and as mentioned, I may need to push out the delivery date a bit. Neither of these challenges though threaten the final product from being created.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! Fear not! Since I intend on providing a course of similar depth to an academy course, we will go from the very basics (what is a network?) to the end (how to create a full network with routers, switches, WAN, etc.). In fact I have met several people with experience who have had a more difficult time trying to erase incorrect assumptions or knowledge, than someone who knew nothing at the beginning. Starting fresh is good! For those of you who are familiar with the CCENT certification, this CCNA course will cover CCENT, which will basically be the first half, and the rest of CCNA is the second half.
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