Bring your own device (BYOD) is a principle where students bring personal digital devices to class to help improve student engagement. These devices include smartphones, tablets and laptops. Since BYOD relies on using the tools that students already have, it eliminates the need for students to purchase specific technology for the classroom (such as a clicker). BYOD has gained popularity as a cost-effective means of improving student outcomes and engagement.
BYOD refers to learning environments in which an educator requires and/or encourages students to bring their own technological device to each class to participate in discussions in real time. In the face of widespread institutional budget constraints, BYOD has proven to be a cost-effective way to better engage students and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes.