52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on Sep 19, 2018

In 2018, 15% of people included learning a new skill as a New Year's Resolutions.1 Well, it's your lucky day because we're here to help you achieve this goal and delighted to announce the 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge


In the 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge, members of the Ciena Community have a chance to win a one-year subscription to the new Develop Series to build their Packet-Optical, Packet and Software skills.  Learn more about how the challenge works and you can participate below.  


How it Works

Participate in the I Love Acronyms and This Week I Learned discussions for a chance to win a one-year subscription to the Develop Series.


52 Weeks of Learning Challenge will have four rounds where three members will win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series for a total of twelve winners. Members that receive the most points during each round will have a chance to win. Members can only win once.


52 Weeks of Learning will run from February 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019 starting today, Monday, February 5, 2018, with the first I Love Acronyms. 


See the below for additional details on how to participate and the attached for challenge rules.



How to Participate


I Love Acronyms 

Every other week, starting February 5th, an acronym used in telecom will be posted and we'll ask the community to tell us what it means. Members will post their response as a comment to the discussion and the following points can be earned on active2 acronyms.


  • All correct answers receive: 5 points
  • First correct answer receives: 10 bonus points
  • Most creative answer receives: 10 bonus points


The following is a schedule for when acronyms will be posted in each round:


Round One

February 5thSLM
February 19thCVS 
March 5thHQoS
March 19thAIS
April 2ndBFD

Round Two 

April 16thTFTP 
April 30thVLLI
May 14thMS-PW
May 28thPE-rs
June 11thC-RAN
June 25thECC

Round Three

July 9thZTP
July 23rdSD-FEC
August 6thSHx
August 20thASAP
September 3rdDP-QPSK
September 17thRPD

Round Four

October 1stVLSR
October 15th HFC
October 29th
November 12th
November 26th
December 10th



We recommend following I Love Acronyms to receive updates when new acronyms are posted. 


This Week I Learned

Every Friday, starting February 9th, we'll post a This Week I Learned discussion asking members of the community to share what they learned during the week. On This Week I Learned, we invite the community to share one thing they've learned during the week on the job, attending a course, event or webinar, reading, or even when asking a question in the community.


Every member that participates in the This Week I Learned discussion will earn 20 points. Points will only be rewarded for comments posted the day of publication to the following Friday, so Friday – Thursday. Join our most recent discussion to share what you've learned. 


We recommend following Learning to receive updates when TWIL discussions are posted.


52 Weeks of Learning Leaderboard

Leaderboards will be updated every Monday and dated. Winners of each round will be announced on this blog in the comments. 





See the attached rules for additional information. 



Have questions? Ask us below.




1 Source: Statista, The Most Common New Year's Resolutions in 2018

2 An active acronym is one where the solution hasn't been posted yet. An acronym is considered closed when the solution has been posted. Solutions are posted before the next active acronym is published.