- The growing variety of personal devices brought to campus by both students and faculty requires constantly evolving policies.
- The "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend--with students bringing an ever-increasing number of network-accessible devices like laptops, tablets, smart phones, and gaming systems--has led most institutions to the realization that it's impossible to prohibit network access to personal devices anymore without the risk of holding back education and decreasing student/faculty productivity.
- IT network analyst Jon Domen offers several detailed suggestions for preparing your school's network for the fall onslaught of personal devices, including: conducting an in-depth analysis of your network visibility, creating or updating your BYOD policy, and ensuring that students and faculty understand the BYOD policy.
From the article:
In just a few weeks, students will begin to filter back to school for the fall semester. During these dog days of August, though, campuses are still pretty quiet--with the exception, I suspect, of your IT department. Indeed, summer is the perfect time to take a step back, analyze how the department performed last year and plan for the incoming class. For many schools, the focus this year will be on preparing for the onslaught of personal devices on campus--the now-familiar BYOD trend. ...