Decentralising online education using blockchain technology

Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Third, Allan and Domingue, John (2019). Decentralising online education using blockchain technology. In: The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference: Blended and online education within European university networks, 16-18 Oct 2019, UNED, Madrid.


Blockchain technology provides a decentralised peer-to-peer infrastructure, supporting openness, transparency, accountability, identity management and trust. As such, the Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise online education in a number of 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 online education that are affected by this new paradigm. In particular, we investigate the different scenarios where the use of Blockchain technology can make online education more open and decentralised, while placing learners in control of their learning process and its associated data. Additionally, we discuss various approaches to the Semantic Blockchain and the applications of these approaches on online education.

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