How blockchain can help educational system:
Blockchain technology is at its core a distributed ledger. Best use cases for blockchain technology are those where you want to keep track and maintain a history of that data that can not be easily modified once
committed. Data that would benefit from this type of system would be things like classes and teacher records, student attendance, grading, elements of a curriculum. I am assuming a private distribution is in mind and not a publicly accessible blockchain. This way records can be maintained throughout the system without worry of modification and easy facilitation of record sharing.
At a national level, I believe blockchain can help in many ways to support the education system, the first benefit is indirect, and likely more beneficial to business, in that if could remove certificate fraud which could see misrepresentation in job applications for example:.
If qualifications and certifications are issued and can be validated against a decentralised registry, either through some kind of qualifications-specific system, or a simple means of authenticating that a document is valid.
It can also combat fraud coming from local authorities and independent institutions receiving funding from central entities, by linking attendance systems to the census systems local authorities leverage for determining their funding.
A recent example being a local school sending a communication to parents
requesting all children have a cooked meal on a specific day, even if that was not their preference, as that single day’s record would determine their annual funding.
These are pure representations of how blockchain technology can be used,
rather than crypto-assets associated with blockchains – if you extended the
scope to consider digital payments too this of course introduces complete transparency as to the source and destination of funding and removes commercial entities who take processing fees for such items as School
Trips, School Meals, supporting education materials. —JamesColeman-Powell—
In countries like China and South Korea, where cheating is endemic, blockchain can provide trust in exam results. Using blockchain provides transparency as well as reducing the likelihood of falsified data.
Blockchain technology can help the educational system of a country by providing transparency and accurate record-keeping. Storing predictions on a blockchain ensures that a verifiable record will be stored, that can never be altered, transformed, or otherwise manipulated.” — Courtney Dunn.—
Blockchain & education: 2 big use cases:
– Digital twin storage of certifications, grades, test scores, degrees, etc. So the information is portable and specific to the learner
Combine with AI/neural networks to secure student personal data and customize learning in ways that over-worked and under-resourced instructors can’t customize learning for students today.
A secure distributed ledger is used to confirm the authenticity of art already. Why not use it for doing the same thing for diplomas, certificates and other educational documents?
Imagine an immutable and secure database containing the information on every
college degree given to people. If it is accessible by any employer, it would make forging an educational document nearly impossible. –‘AAlex Krasko–‘
Fee Payment via Cryptocurrency
Students are looking for alternative payment methods and are utilizing the offered opportunities by blockchain to make payments securely. And so, this makes a new payment option available for the education world of any country to pay through digital currencies even cross-border if needed. And its a much better option, especially for students taking inter-continental courses eliminating the barrier of converting traditional currencies, say dollars to euros.
Paper Replacement for Documentation
The incontestable benefit is the dematerialization and prevention of falsifying paper documents. Moreover, checking the certificates for admissions is a regular procedure for the educational institutions.
But once put in the blockchain application, the complete history of student’s grades that have been taken with the consensus of the correspondent schools will neither be changed nor get lost.
Also, one can easily access the authenticated documents easily with the owner’s consent. –‘Kim Smith.–‘
The universal plus of blockchain technologies is, of course, the storage of verified information about the owners of the corresponding keys. For universities and colleges, this means much faster interaction with students and their potential recruiters. It is not a secret that today employers
have to wait a rather long time sometimes several weeks to check the authenticity of students’ documents.
Blockchain offers near-instantaneous
delivery of information with the security that all documentation is genuine. Educational institutions that avail of this technology will definitely stand well with both applicants and recruiters thanks to the lack of bureaucracy.
Firstly, students get a unique opportunity to supplement their record of accomplishment. Employers want to see clear skills from applicants beyond having completed a liberal arts education.
Blockchain successfully integrates proof of skill sets such as project work or online certification with general educational information such as transcripts, creating a whole picture of a job candidate for recruiters, and freeing students from having to create such a portfolio.
Secondly , blockchain technology squeezes out student plagiarism. Today plagiarism checkers have a good track record; yet such programs still don’t have 100 percent reliability. In addition, blockchain technologies quickly and efficiently identify traces of plagiarism in numerous documents submitted by applicants during the admissions process.
The very idea that plagiarism, forever fixed in the blockchain, remains a kind of “black spot”
for their entire future education and careers will give students incentive to do the right thing from early on.
Thirdly, blockchain serves as an effective means for universities to manage
their financial affairs. For example, the sheer numbers of students matriculating at colleges and universities today means admissions recruitment and related programs such as scholarship applications means a
barrage of paperwork and recordkeeping for higher educational administrators.
The review and debates involved with student applications only compounds the labor involved. Blockchain technology will streamline the college/university admissions process, meaning admissions and scholarship decisions and fund disbursement can happen in a near-instant.
Blockchain is also a great solution for educational institutions’ overall
operating budgets, from office expenses to the salaries of those charged with record keeping and document verification.
In essence, blockchain in education is not only a response to academia’s needs, but a way for universities to reach the next level in technology.
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