The Case for BYOD in the Classroom - Part III: Why Learning Professionals Should Lobby for BYOD Policy
July 31, 2012 by Bill Rosenthal

BYOD two business people using devicesIn my last post I talked about the fears that surround BYOD in the workplace, not least of which are the potential for breeches in security and compliance. Yet companies today are making BYOD a safe and successful reality because they have adopted BYOD policies that protect users from… well themselves. And it’s working!

Fact: According to CIO Magazine, the number of smartphones in use across the globe will reach 2 billion by the end of 2015. If your organization has not established a program to allow employee-owned devices safely into the workplace (and into the training solutions center), you’re at a huge disadvantage.

What’s a BYOD Policy?

A BYOD policy lays out “rules & regs” for employee utilization of personal devices, both in and outside of the workplace. A good policy specifies allowable devices, a stringent security and services policy, who owns what apps and data, what apps are allowed (important for security), an acceptable use policy (Can they post on Facebook during office hours? Does your marketing team get more social media privileges than the folks in Accounting?), and an enforceable employee exit strategy so that email passwords and access tokens don’t walk out the door along with the ex-employee’s Android).

Rally for BYOD Safety!

The case you need to make to senior management is two-fold:

  1. BYOD is a reality, whether IT likes it or not. Employees are already downloading documents to their smartphones and collaborating on spreadsheets from their tablets. Might as well make it safe practice to mitigate risk.
  2. Increased connectivity in the learning environment increases adoption and retention of new concepts, skills and behaviors, which translates into increased return on training solutions investment. BYOD is good for the classroom, whether that classroom is at the end of the hall or on the laptop.

By adopting a strong BYOD policy, your company protects its information, data and company intelligence while opening the door to new possibilities in employee learning.