Voted for by the FOTE community, this year’s panel will be discussed challenges associated with ‘Bring Your Own Device – BYOD’.
Just as colleges and universities do no provide students with paper, pens and stationery
items but expect them to be used, the time is coming when mobile devices will be another
expected part of a student’s toolkit.
Doug Belshaw – Mobile Learning infoKit / JISC infoNet
In February Forbes ran an article thanking Apple for the BYOD trend, in which Victoria Barret makes the point that the rise of “smart” devices, the blending of personal and professional tasks we perform on them and ease of use are liking it to a ‘bring your own bottle’ dinner:
“Your IT department will supply the meat and potatoes (think chunky, salty ERP systems), but if you want to have a really good time, you’re left to your own devices.”
Victoria Barret, Forbes Staff
A ComputerWorld article outlines Unisys’ beta-testing a BYOD policy and warns of remote wipes & legal holds, while BusinessInsider claims that the ‘smartphone invasion is changing the way we work’. Access to apps, management practice and mobile device management are identified as core issues in both and are the particular focus the Information Age article entitled ‘BYOD Requires Mobile Device Management’.
Surely the same concerns apply to students bringing their own devices? Can BYOD be extended to include staff of universities and colleges and which challenges would arise? These are some of the questions our panel of experts attempt to address.
Peter Tinson, Executive Secretary – UCISA (Chair)
Arthur Spirling, Director of ICT – Imperial College
Mandy Phillips, Head of BIS – Liverpool John Moores University
Nizam Uddin, International Programmes Liaison Manager – ULU
Rob Churm, Director of Information Services – St Georges University of London