There used to be a time when employees being out of the office meant no access beyond the telephone. Today, employees who are traveling or are home sick can still attend meetings, collaborate with colleagues and deliver multimedia assignments.
The proliferation of personal devices, including laptops, Smartphones and tablets (BYOD) in the workplace− along with Wi-Fi in airports, coffee shops and residences − has made the workforce über-productive.
The “plugged-in” office trend (also known as the “consumerization of IT”) doesn’t stop with gains in employee efficiency.
Incorporating BYOD in the classroom can truly be transformative; in fact, BYOD has opened up whole new avenues for employee learning.
For instructors, especially those in face-to-face settings, BYOD means having access to technology in the classroom wherever, whenever. This opens up the possible use of additional digital resources and web-based online training software. This access to broader resources opens up more student-focused strategies through a variety of applications.
BYOD removes the hurdle of students gaining access to materials outside the classroom. Everything from the course syllabus to textbooks and workbooks to supplemental study guides are available online, reducing cost and saving paper.
BYOD gives students the opportunity to learn the way they want, utilizing their laptop or personal tablet in conjunction with a good old notebook and pen.
BYOD extends learning beyond the classroom in other ways; As students discover how to learn with their devices, they can extend their learning beyond the classroom environment, and often choose to continue participating in online discussions and collaborative activities for academic purposes.
For technology-based courses, BYOD means that training centers no longer must provide computers with pre-loaded software for every student, cutting down on hardware costs and IT resources.
Sounds great, but isn’t it difficult for the instructor not familiar with teaching to students using a variety of devices to be effective? Not necessarily. Some organizations now develop excellent courseware that addresses this challenge. For example Logical Operations’ LogicalCHOICE includes multi-platform instructions and recommendations for each lesson, right in their facilitator guides.