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BYOD: It's More Than Just Laptops

March 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options


Story and Images by Tim Kridel / avnetwork

Some colleges and universities request or require that faculty and even students use certain laptop brands, but for the most part, campuses are the land of bring your own device (BYOD). And it's not just laptops, either. Increasingly students prefer to use their tablet or smartphone to make presentations, which means campus AV and IT staffs have to figure out how to support those devices.

"We stock many adapters for them to connect," said Tom Beggs, classroom support coordinator at the University of Georgia's Center for Teaching and Learning. "We are researching for a universal wireless solution for BYOD. The biggest challenge is always funding."

If faculty used only school-provided or certified laptops and devices, one option would be to load them with connection-manager software to facilitate connections with the Wi-Fi network or AV devices. But that's rarely an option.

"We embed instructions in the control system interface," Beggs says. "When an instructor chooses 'laptop," there are simple instructions on connections."

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