Prospective/Current Student FAQs

1. What is BYOD?

BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It is a method of program delivery at Algonquin College which requires students to use mobile devices to enhance their learning experience in and out of the classroom.

2. What is a BYOD Program?

A BYOD Program integrates mobile and web-based technologies into its delivery structure and culture. These technologies are used to enhance learning, foster collaboration and prepare learners for a career in which information is available anytime and anyplace. Students are required to own and bring a mobile device to class that meets or exceeds the specifications determined by the program.

3. Which programs are BYOD?

Nearly all full time programs are considered BYOD. Refer to the BYOD Program list here: http://www7.algonquincollege.com/byod/device.htm

4. What is the cost and what does it include?

All full-time students are charged a technology fee of $159.62 per semester. This fee includes:

  • Access to industry-leading software
  • Support with setting up network access and troubleshooting for your device
  • Use of a loaner pool of mobile devices if your device is ever in for repairs
  • A full subscription to Lynda.com and other online resources
  • IT services

Students in BYOD programs will take the majority of their courses in the College's newly renovated classrooms which provide electrical outlets to the desk and access to the Colleges network and internet via both wireless and hardwired technologies.

5. Why is it significant?

BYOD prepares students to be anytime, anywhere learners and to access and interpret career-related information which is always available and evolving. Knowledge of how to search for and interpret evolving information prepares students to become lifelong learners.

6. What is a BYOD classroom?

A BYOD classroom, is an upgraded e-classroom with enhanced wireless access, network drops, power management and a touch screen monitor at the instructor's station.

7. What device is needed for my program?

Please refer to the BYOD Programs list page to see which device is required for your program.

8. What if I already have a MacBook and my program requires a Windows based computer?

All your questions about managing a Mac can be answered at the following link - http://www7.algonquincollege.com/byod/mac.htm

9. Will I have to upgrade my laptop if I started last year?

You will not have to upgrade your mobile device as you enter into your next year. You are, however, eligible for the software upgrades as they become available.

10. Where should I buy my mobile device?

Algonquin College's Connections: The Campus Store has computers, laptops (Mac and PC), tablets, supplies and much more at educational rates. However, you can purchase your device anywhere, as long as it meets the program requirements.

11. What if my laptop breaks?

Information Technology Services (ITS) is authorized to repair laptops. While your laptop is being repaired, you will have access to loaner laptops. Loaner laptops can be borrowed from the ITS for a 2 week period and upon certain circumstances can be renewed for up to 30 days. You will need to provide your student ID. If you are having your laptop repaired elsewhere, just bring in your repair documentation/receipt to ITS for your loaner laptop.

12. How are the Hardware Requirements determined?

The hardware requirements for each program are based on the software used and the learning outcomes of your field of study.

Faculty FAQs

1. What do I need to do to be ready for a BYOD program?

As faculty and staff, you can prepare for this initiative through your willingness to be innovative and supportive of the role information and mobile technologies play in the life of today's students. Collaborating and sharing information with colleagues, attending professional development workshops, accessing online information, and asking for help when you need it are just some of the ways you can prepare.

As a first step visit the LTS website.

2. What is a BYOD classroom?

A BYOD classroom, is an upgraded e-classroom with enhanced wireless access, network drops, power management and a touch screen monitor at the instructor's station.

3. What is the Cost?

Students are charged a technology fee of $159.62 per semester. This fee provides all full-time students with access to support for setting up network access and troubleshooting of mobile devices and to the loaner pool of mobile devices in case your device is in for repairs. Students in BYOD programs will take the majority of their courses in the Colleges newly renovated mobile learning classrooms which provide electrical outlets to the desk and access to the Colleges network and internet via both wireless and hardwired technologies. Your mobile fee also provides you access to Microsoft Office, Windows operating system (both new and upgrades), the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, a full subscription to Lynda.com, as well as many other resources and services.

4. What resources and support are available to me?

Learning and Teaching Services (LTS) is available to discuss the BYOD program and resource availability, assist with educational technology, curriculum support, and support for teaching. Contact us by visiting http://www.algonquincollege.com/lts

If you require technical support, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at http://www.algonquincollege.com/its

5. Will the students have to bring their mobile device to class all the time?

No. The use of the laptop in the classroom environment is ultimately at the discretion of the course instructor.

6. Should the device be used for structured learning and mandatory learning activities in every scheduled class?

The laptop is a resource and ought to be used when it offers an advantage to the current activities or when there is a clear reason for its use. This may be a planned and deliberate situation, or dynamic as per the flow of classroom activities.

7. How will I teach when students have their mobile devices open in front of them for the entire class?

It is important to set clear expectations on mobile device usage early, during the first class. Structured and unstructured learning can occur with and without laptops. When learning without laptops is deliberate and planned, there should be open communications within the classroom and an expectation to 'put aside' the laptop or to simply close the lid.

8. How does BYOD program change what I teach?

The curriculum content that you teach will remain the same; the content is not generally affected by the tools students have to access course materials. However, the way the content is administered may change. As a faculty member (and as a faculty team teaching in a program of study), you may consider options to substitute, augment or modify the way content is made available and/or how students engage with the materials. The use of eTexts, online resources or interactive digital activities will introduce new learning opportunities. Speak with a member from Learning and Teaching Services (LTS) http://www.algonquincollege.com/lts for more information.

9. Can I use tools, such as Office 365, Google Docs, WordPress, and Evernote for student assignments and activities?

Yes! Please bear in mind that information pertaining to the identity of students or the progress within a course is considered confidential. Steps must be taken to ensure that privacy and security of information is maintained. Please refer to Policy AA42 for more information.

10. Will PT (Part-time) faculty be provided with a laptop (or mobile device) if they are hired to teach in a BYOD program?

PT faculty will be issued laptops through the College's evergreening process, and a limited number of departmentally-held devices will be available for loan. In general, new devices will not be issued to PT faculty.

11. How do program areas determine the most appropriate type of mobile device?

The selection of the mobile device will depend on the types of software and online resources each program area expects their students to make use of. Program areas unsure of what device is most appropriate are encouraged to talk directly with Learning and Teaching Services.

12. What if students do not have access to a mobile device at the beginning of the semester?

Students in BYOD programs are expected to have a mobile device at the beginning of the term. The College will have a limited number of devices that will be made available to students through ITS on a short-term, on-campus only, loan basis. Students in BYOD programs who own a laptop that is in for repairs are entitled to borrow a laptop from ITS for up to three weeks.