3 Benefits of using BYOD for Mobile Learning

Posted on March 3, 2016

What does BYOD mean for mobile learning?

BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is a growing trend. It involves companies encouraging their employees to use their own phones for work activities. This could mean making phone calls, but more often it is about using apps and the Internet. Examples include accessing their work email account, accessing work documents on a cloud storage system, or updating a project management app for tasks for which the employee is responsible.

Companies have to deal with some downsides when they adopt a BYOD policy. This includes security concerns as the company cannot control the device if it doesn’t own it. Some people have also cited productivity concerns, i.e. if employees are encouraged to use their work phone to check emails, what is to stop them also checking their personal Facebook accounts at the same time?

In the vast majority of situations, however, the benefits of BYOD far outweigh the concerns.

One of the most significant benefits of BYOD policies in the work place is that it facilitates and improves mobile learning. Here are some reasons why.

3 Benefits of using BYOD for Mobile Learning

1. Cost Effective

BYOD is a cost-effective technical solution for companies. Allowing employees to use their own devices means the company doesn’t have to purchase, maintain, and replace them over time.

Additional savings can be made when you consider the cost of delivering training to employees. Training delivery is often a considerable expense. This includes the cost of the trainer, and lost time for those taking part in the course. With mobile learning and BYOD, both of these costs are reduced. The training is delivered to the employee on their own device, and they can complete the course at a time that suits them.

2. Creates Mobile Learning Opportunities

BYOD also opens up the opportunity to run mobile learning courses and training. Many organisations may believe in the benefits of mobile learning but are put off because they don’t want to incur the expense of purchasing the equipment that each learner will need. The concept of BYOD solves this problem, so it opens up the possibilities of mobile learning to organisations who previously thought that it was beyond their reach.

Mobile learning offers many benefits to organisations and businesses. Learners pick up knowledge and gain skills quicker, plus retention rates for that knowledge are improved. Learners also enjoy completing courses using mobile devices. Adopting a policy of BYOD opens up considerable opportunities for businesses to develop the skills in their team to help move the business forward.

3. Consumer-Owned Devices Are Often More Advanced

Delivering e-learning courses and mobile learning courses presents technical challenges. What if some of the participants have an incompatible device because it is on the wrong operating system, or is too old?

This occurs less often in organisations that embrace BYOD. This is because personal devices are often newer and more advanced than technology that is owned by companies and allocated to their employees. Individuals tend to update their devices more often, and seek out the newest and most feature-rich models. This means you will have fewer compatibility issues, as the devices that your employees own are likely to be compatible with the course.

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