School of Graduate Studies

Building Bridges

Dean Mike Minehan


It’s interesting to look at trends on the internet and decide how much we want to become part of them. Or, another way of looking at this is, can we afford not to be part of the exciting opportunities that are now available?


According to the digital marketing site Zephoria, 1.37 billion users log on to Facebook every day, and 5 new profiles are created every second. There are also 300 million photo uploads every day and on average, the Like and Share buttons are viewed across almost 10 million web sites daily.


UC is right at the forefront of Facebook use and UC Facebook has logged over 300,000 likes. Also, very often when you log on to the UC website, you will see live events being broadcast. There are many free apps for you to live stream from your own iPhone, and just two of these are MachiPOPO and Periscope.


Other members of UC staff use different platforms. Professor Din Merican of the Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations uses the Wordpress blogging portal, and his blog has received over 24 million hits. Prof Din uses this blog to express his own opinions and he also uploads articles and videos of interest.


My own approach for building bridges to a wider audience is the creation of my own website. I paid a web designer to do this for me, although the architecture behind it is free software called Joomla. You can find many tutorials on the net about how to create your own website using this software. The reason I like Joomla instead of the more common Dreamweaver is that Joomla makes it very easy for me to upload text and videos to my site. I don’t need to understand HTML programming to do this. And because I’m interested in the latest news, I also upload RSS news and technology feeds to my site. These feeds are free and are updated by the minute. So your website can quite easily be a portal to other sources of information.


The School of Graduate Studies link that you are using now also seeks to build bridges to the wider world of ideas. The Scholar’s Portal links to videos, podcasts and documents about some of the topics explored in classes.


Looking into the immediate future, the biggest internet growth will be video transmission. Business Insider reports that video accounted for 73% of global IP traffic in 2016 and will grow to 82% of IP traffic in 2021. Live video is expected to increase 15-fold, from 3% to 13% by 2021.


Business Insider also predicts that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will increase by 20 times before 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 82 per cent. For an insight into AR, go to the Youtube link

And for an insight into the impact AR is expected to have on education, go to the Youtube link   


These really are exciting times and anyone can now publish online. You don’t need to be a computer geek to join this revolution. It’s happening all around us now.

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