It is clear the higher education landscape is changing. Changing is the keyword. Similar to the AppsAnywhere mentality, there’s no need to rip and replace. Instead, bring together the technologies you already use. Bring together the aspects already in place to create the ideal solution. Campus labs in a traditional setting have large expenses and scaling back on these expenses does pave the way for new technologies.
Queensland University of Technology speaking about campus labs mentioned ‘if a student has bought their own device, they want to be able to use their own device’. They also spoke about ‘how students would simply move the university-provided equipment out of their way to open their own device’.
So, has BYOD eliminated the need for campus labs? Actually, it’s increased the need for them.
Campus Labs rethought encourages collaboration. Whiteboards. Communal seating areas. Collaboration spaces. They also facilitate individual working in a welcoming environment. Dual monitors. Increased desk space. In fact, repurposed campus labs can cater to any student preference and seem to be the holy grail in this HyFlex era.