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Comparison of Students' Success In an International Technology Certificate Program

Delialioğlu, Ömer
Öncü, Semiral
Çakır, Hasan
There has been a rapid increase in the number of technology certificate programs offered around the world in the last decade. While designing, developing, and implementing these programs little or no consideration is given to geographical, cultural and developmental differences between different regions of the world. This study investigates the students' success in the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) program - a unique model combining technology-supported learning with local instruction world-wide. The purpose of this study is to investigate how demographic, ability, and motivational factors impact student success in different regions of the world when the curriculum and teaching materials are the same for all students and teachers. 368,159 students who completed the technology course from August 2004 to December 2005 in 5,948 academies in 135 countries were examined. Based on ANOVA and regression, results show that prior achievement, technology skills, and degree impact student achievement regardless of regions' developmental level.