Believe it or not, not every college and university is rushing to throw its name into the MOOC hat these days. Many liberal arts schools—like those in the Associated Colleges of the South—are still focused largely on meeting the technological demands of students already on campus.
David Hinson serves as executive vice president and CIO for ACS member Hendrix College, a small liberal arts college in Conway, Ark. At Hendrix, blended learning and classes taught via teleconference are front and center for Hinson, and keeping the school’s infrastructure up to par with the growing number of devices brought on campus by students is a much greater priority than becoming the latest member of MOOC mania. If his spot on the “20 Rising Star CIOs” list alongside The Huffington Post’s 50 most social CIOs on Twitteris any indication, he’s also helped increase his institution’s visibility.