In this hyper-connected world, nearly everyone has multiple devices they use on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon to use a smart phone, tablet and laptop for work purposes—sometimes all at the same time.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Training is a recent trend where learners bring personal devices to training. The idea is that if learners are using these devices to apply and reinforce knowledge, they should be using these same devices during training. While BYOD makes training accessible to learners, extra preparation is required to ensure a successful event.
Here are five tips to ensure your Bring Your Own Device training event is successful.
1. Prepare Learners Well in Advance
Preparation is key before a BYOD training event. Let learners know what they are expected to bring, the applications they need to install and the system requirements needed—well in advance of the event. It’s better to deal with potential issues prior to training instead of troubleshooting the day of the event.
Also, let them know the legal or security implications of using a personal device. If they’re installing company-provided software, let them know of any security requirements and restrictions. Communicate this information in advance to ensure all learners are in compliance.
2. Technical Support is a Non-Negotiable
When using a BYOD training venue there is an even greater need for onsite technical support. An instructor’s time can easily become consumed solving tech issues rather than teaching. Work with a room-rental provider that provides an onsite tech to handle any issues, so that learning is not interrupted.
3. Schedule Time for Set Up
Allow some time before class for any learners who may need assistance to set up their device. This will ensure that class begins promptly and will mitigate the potential for technical difficulties during class.
4. Beware of Distractions
BYOD also stands for Bring-Your-Own-Distractions. A learner who brings a personal device to training also brings with them their personal email, instant messaging, social media, etc. Learners are likely to be tempted to check their notifications or be distracted by other things on their devices. Instructors should encourage learners to be attentive during training by refraining from opening any other applications other than the ones used for learning.
5. Hardwire Internet Connections
Hardwired connections are critical for BYOD events. Work with a provider that offers rooms with built in connections for internet access. This ensures signal stability and security and is another way to head off any technical problems during the event.
Training in a BYOD training venue can be convenient and cost-effective, yet presents its own challenges. With a little preparation, communication and planning, you can make your next event a successful and rewarding learning event.
Whether your event is BYOD or you provide computers for your learners, your choice of training venue can make or break your event. Learn more in our post "Why a Training Venue Matters".