Bring Your Own Device strategies in corporate eLearning
One of the biggest buzzwords of the eLearning and corporate learning industries in 2018 was BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). After looking into the top eLearning trends of 2019, we decided to give this one a closer look and really dissect both what it is and what it can bring to your organisation.
Previously on the blog, we’ve discussed the benefits of different types of learning: eLearning, mobile learning, classroom-based, and blended. Blended typically means a combination of two or more of those listed, however BYOD may just be the best way to facilitate a truly blended learning experience.
Before we go any further, let’s look at a definition.
What does BYOD mean?
BYOD: Bring Your Own Device is a term used to describe a flexible learning strategy that not only requires an LMS to be ready for multiple devices (desktop, tablet, mobile, etc.) but actively encourages learners to bring their own mobile devices, laptops etc. into the workplace.
What are the benefits of BYOD?
There are a wide range of benefits to a Bring Your Own Device learning strategy. It’s important to consider that this might not work for everyone, every organisation has different needs. Equally, so do your employees. However, we’ve gathered together our favourite things about BYOD learning, so take a look below and decide for yourselves if this is the right approach for you.
1. Personalised learning experience
In an increasingly mobile and social media-led world, personalised technological experiences are fast becoming the norm. Introducing BYOD learning to your organisation is a great way to encourage employees to integrate their corporate learning into their everyday lives. Using devices they are already familiar with removes the need to any kind of technological training and encourages a comfortable environment.
Things as simple as staying signed into their account a single device can improve the learner experience from the word go, which will also make it more likely for your employees to pick up their learning outside of the work environment or in between tasks. Ensuring your eLearning is accessible from any device through a mobile-ready LMS provides an accessible, personalised experience.
2. Reduced costs and technical maintenance
Encouraging learners to bring their own devices into the corporate learning environment reduces the need to spend money on computers or devices for location-specific training.Of course, some money needs to be invested in an LMS like Kallidus Learn that supports a Bring Your Own Device approach. However, in doing this you can reduce costs for things such as technological upkeep and running desktop computers for training purposes on-site. Cost-saving can be more widespread here than you may think.
Bring Your Own Device learning can reduce costs in many ways including the following:
- Decrease admin time for those organising classroom-based training
- No need to bring field-based workers into one location
- Lower costs of technology upkeep and maintenance
- Remove the need for room hire costs
3. Physical freedom
This covers a number of benefits within BYOD learning. Firstly, this means that eLearning and blended learning can take place in a variety of locations, for example on a staff training day, in a rented space, or any given room within your building(s) without having to accommodate for a set number of machines. Secondly, it allows for training to take place at the same time from multiple locations, allowing connections over apps such as Skype or Google Hangouts.
BYOD learning also allows your employees to use devices they are most comfortable with which allows you to accommodate more easily for a variety of visual or physical impairments, creating a more accessible learning experience.
4. Self-motivated workforce
Something you may have seen us write about before is promoting a healthy workplace learning culture. Bring your own device learning encourages your workforce to be self-motivated which is the first step towards changing your culture of corporate learning.
This self-motivation carries a number of benefits for your organisation. You will likely see training completion rates increase, a shift in workplace culture beyond the realms of corporate learning,competency improve, and even an increase in both ROI and completed/reached organisational KPIs.
5. One size does not fit all
A one size fits all approach does not achieve the best results. Everyone works in different ways, so while ensuring everyone completes the same training on the same machines makes standardised results easier to report on, it may not help you get the most out of your employees.
Bring Your Own Device learning is a great way to add flexibility on a level that works around your workforce’s needs. If someone is more comfortable working on a laptop, or a phone, or a tablet they can. Whether mobile learning or eLearning seems best for your organisation at the top level, it is always worth considering the importance of the user – in this case your employees.
6. Comfortable workers are productive workers
Like our first point about personalised learning experiences, Bring Your Own Device learning also encourages a space where your employees can feel safe and comfortable with their learning. Introducing the devices that they are already familiar with is likely to make their learning experience more comfortable and research has proven that those who are happy and comfortable in their work environments are more likely to work harder.
This can have a positive impact on your organisation in a variety of ways. Training and L&D can be daunting for new starters and maybe seen as a burden for those who have been with your organisation for years. Introducing this new approach can remove barriers to learning and encourage a healthier learning environment.Keeping your employees happy starts with the little things and if it is right for your organisation, this could be one of them.
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