As CIOs in the field of higher education it was not all that surprising that when asked why they personally invest their limited time in social media, the answer was unanimous - for learning. Komarny calls Twitter a "personalized learning network", a "knowledge amplifier" and "a curated newsfeed" for getting the different perspectives of like-minded colleagues to enable him to make better decisions. diFilipo says social media allows him to expedite communications, and Walsh sees social media as a way to learn instructional technologies. And at the end of the day, they also agree that all of this learning is for the betterment of the students, faculty and administration that they serve.
Each of these social CIOs has adopted a mobile-only or mobile-first approach at their higher learning institution and is leveraging digital technologies to transform the way they recruit, retain and relate to students.