Decentralising education using Blockchain technology

Thematic Workshop The emergence of the Blockchain promises to revolutionise not only the financial world, but also education in various ways. Blockchain technology offers a decentralised peer-to-peer infrastructure, where privacy, secure archiving, consensual ownership, transparency, accountability, identity management and trust are built-in, both at the software and infrastructure levels. This

Speakers

Alexander Mikroyannidis
The Open University, United Kingdom

Start

May 29, 2020 - 10:30

End

May 29, 2020 - 12:00

Thematic Workshop

The emergence of the Blockchain promises to revolutionise not only the financial world, but also education in various ways. Blockchain technology offers a decentralised peer-to-peer infrastructure, where privacy, secure archiving, consensual ownership, transparency, accountability, identity management and trust are built-in, both at the software and infrastructure levels. This technology offers opportunities to thoroughly rethink how we find educational content and tutoring services online, how we register and pay for them, as well as how we get accredited for what we have learned and how this accreditation affects our career trajectory.

The QualiChain research and innovation project (https://qualichainproject.eu) focuses on the assessment of the technical, political, socioeconomic, legal and cultural impact of decentralised solutions on education. QualiChain investigates the creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications and explores the potential of Blockchain technology for disrupting the domain of public education, as well as its interfaces with private education, the labour market, public sector administrative procedures and the wider socio-economic developments.

This workshop will explore the different aspects of teaching and learning that are affected by decentralisation. More specifically, we will outline the ways that ePortfolios, accreditation, tutoring, as well as other aspects of teaching and learning can evolve within a decentralised ecosystem based on the Blockchain. Participants will have the opportunity to try out and evaluate the tools offered by the QualiChain project for the award and verification of decentralised qualifications. Finally, we will discuss the various benefits that decentralisation bears for learners and educators.