A Learner-Centred Approach for Lifelong Learning Powered by the Blockchain

Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Domingue, John; Bachler, Michelle and Quick, Kevin (2018). A Learner-Centred Approach for Lifelong Learning Powered by the Blockchain. In: EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, 25-29 Jun 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


The emergence of Blockchain technology promises to revolutionise not only the financial world, but also lifelong learning in many different ways. Blockchain technology offers opportunities to thoroughly rethink how we find educational content and training 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. This paper explores the different aspects of lifelong learning that are affected by this new paradigm and describes an ecosystem that places the learner at the centre of the learning process and its associated data. More specifically, we outline the ways that ePortfolios, accreditation and tutoring can evolve within this learner-centred ecosystem and we discuss the various benefits that this evolution bears for lifelong learners.

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