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Guidelines for the Effective Use of BYOD in VET Research Project

Funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy

Archive for March, 2014

BYOD – It’s all in the brief!

In our “Caveat Emptor” post, we promised to share a sample template that you might work through when building a Technical Brief to bring to your IT provider.

You’ll can download it here: Draft Sample Brief Template for BYOD in RTOs

This document is a draft only at this stage (the final version will be available in June 2014). It is intended to act as a checklist to work through with all the relevant stakeholders, and you may find that you need to add or remove fields as they apply to your particular circumstances.

The advantages of using a template-style format are:

  • It will allow your team to think through the technical aspects of the the BYOD plan, as well as any logistics that will impact its progress.
  • For RTOs engaging external providers, it will lessen the cost of up-front consultation with your IT providers as you will be bringing the answers to at least some of their questions ahead of time.
  • For RTOs working with their own IT departments, it should support clear and thorough communication between team members.

As this template is in the draft stage, we’re keen to learn about your experiences using this template.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel welcome to leave a comment or email us.

Otherwise, stay tuned as we tackle the non-technical aspects of BYOD for VET in our next post.

Words of Wisdom for BYOD #1

The first case study that the research team is developing comes from the Australian Maritime College, an institute of the University of Tasmania. AMC has a nationally and globally- distributed student base and use BYOD to access learning infrastructure and resources.

Watch this short clip to hear Dr Marcus Bowles (Adjunct Professor at AMC/UTAS) share his top tip for any RTO considering implementing BYOD for accessing learning and assessment content both on- and off-campus.