BYOD in Higher Education
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been a hot topic in IT for many years now, and at a university level it has several challenges. But what do we mean when we talk about BYOD?
Most institutions, public, private or academic, in some way offer a BYOD service. But it's normally restricted to some very basic services and it amounts to no more than an internet connection and access to company emails.
In our eyes that's not BYOD, just Wi-Fi!
BYOD to us would include services that create value around the Wi-Fi connection. Services that would enhance and improve the student outcomes and more importantly provide you with RoE, a Return on Education. BYOD in our world means providing access to apps directly on the students' laptops.
In fact, BYOD in our world isn't just restricted to geographical boundaries. It could be on their laptop on campus, it could be on a desktop at home. In our world BYOD creates a university without walls! Of course this brings its own set of challenges, not least of which is the software vendors and the plethora of different licensing models. A topic in its own right.
How BYOD helps universities retain and attract more students
Awesome technology on its own can't give your students an awesome experience, but in our experience AppsAnywhere (and application virtualization) can be an enabler to attracting and then keeping students.
We should be cautious in assuming that technology can always improve the quality of the learning and teaching experience, especially if it comes as a replacement for face-to-face contact. Although it seems pretty clear that technology can unquestionably improve the infrastructure and support for students during their time in higher education. Currently between 9-19% of first-term freshmen fail to return for their second term!
Happy students are more successful. Great technology makes students more successful. More successful students are happier students. Repeat.
Here's how technology helps:
How does our technology help your IT department and students?
Students want to get on with their studies.
Make sure they can access the software they need anywhere, any time and on any device...
... and they want software to perform as fast as being installed.
Providing VDI virtualizes the desktop. Applications generally slow down as the pixels stream down the line. And, what happens when a student wants to work offline?
Students hate labs.
They don't want to rely on access and availability of specific rooms/labs to get work done. They want to work wherever and whenever they want. It's the modern day approach to flexible working.
Students love app stores.
Students expect an 'app store' or a simple and easy way to get the software they need. They expect this to be on-demand from day one.
Awesome university IT department.
Support teams that can focus on proactive support, as opposed to firefighting patches and upgrades and building endless images, can help their students and faculty more effectively.
Related BYOD reading...
Canada's Georgian College is using the latest application virtualization technology from Software2 to help deliver the college’s BYOD strategy and 100% of attempted Windows apps.View
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been a hot topic of computing for over a decade now. In higher education however, it can be a complex set up. See how UK universities are conquering student BYOD.View
James Pickett outlines why Surrey University chose to virtualize apps. He explains how they implemented Software2 technology (branded Surrey Software) to streamline their application delivery and introduce BYOD.View