Bring your own device (BYOD)

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Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a concept that allows employees in an organization, or students in schools or campus to utilize their personally-owned technology devices so as to access data from, to complete tasks, to interact with peers and to manage their learning. The BYOD concept refers to technology models where individuals bring a personally owned device such as a laptop/desktop computer, a smartphone or a tablet(Alberta Education, 2012).

There is also another broad category, the xYOD which refers to different technology decisions such as HYOD (Here’s Your Own Device) or CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) (Cavoukian, 2013).


  • Alberta Education. (2012). Bring your own device: a guide for schools. Edmonton: Alberta Education.
  • Cavoukian A. (2013). BYOD: (Bring Your Own Device) Is Your Organization Ready. Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada
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