The benefits of BYOD in higher education (2014)

Brent Littler

Bring your own device (BYOD) has become increasingly popular over the last few years. A recent study (Hincha-Ownby, 2013) suggests that by 2017 half of all employers will require employees to supply their own devices for work purposes. This shows that many organisations are no longer choosing to ignore BYOD and that they are actually choosing to embrace it. A global survey of IT executives (Dell, 2013) also revealed that 59% of companies now believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage without BYOD.

The popularity of BYOD is also having an effect in education. Teachers, administrators, and staff are working smarter and more efficiently thanks to their tablets and smart phones (Cisco, 2012). This poster explores the concept of using personal devices in education, with a particular focus on the way apps are being used to benefit teaching staff and students all over the world. Findings into the relationship that students now have with their smart devices will be shared and through the use of surveys, the best way to embrace this change to benefit education will be explored.

The outcome of this work is to help academics make the most of their smart devices. If the current popularity of smart devices can be channelled to help make a positive change for education as a whole, then this is surely a big step forward into changing the landscape of education for the future.

Cisco, (2012) BYOD in Education article [online] [Accessed 21/10/13] Available from World Wide Web:

http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/docs/education/46096_byod_ed_aag.pdf

Dell, (2013) Dell website [online] [Accessed 21/10/13] Available from World Wide Web:

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/secure/2013-01-22-dell-software-byod-survey

Hincha-Ownby, (2013).  MNN website [online] [Accessed 21/10/13] Available from World Wide Web:

http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/bring-your-own-device-predicted-to-rise-in-popularity#