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The Blockchain and Kudos: A Distributed System for Educational Record, Reputation and Reward

Sharples, Mike and Domingue, John (2016). The Blockchain and Kudos: A Distributed System for Educational Record, Reputation and Reward. In: Verbert, K.; Sharples, M. and Klobučar, T. eds. Adaptive and Adaptable Learning: Proceedings of 11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2015), Lyon, France, 13 - 16 September 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 490–496.

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The ‘blockchain’ is the core mechanism for the Bitcoin digital payment system. It embraces a set of inter-related technologies: the blockchain itself as a distributed record of digital events, the distributed consensus method to agree whether a new block is legitimate, automated smart contracts, and the data structure associated with each block. We propose a permanent distributed record of intellectual effort and associated reputational reward, based on the blockchain that instantiates and democratises educational reputation beyond the academic community. We are undertaking initial trials of a private blockchain for storing educational records, drawing also on our previous research into reputation management for educational systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
Keywords: blockchain; reputation management; self-determined learning; eportfolios; records of achievement
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 46663
Depositing User: Mike Sharples
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 14:11
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 06:05
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