Blockchain-Based Academic Credentials

Concurrent Session 7

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Brief Abstract

C21U at Georgia Tech has been exploring the use of blockchain to create distributed transcripts that allow users to combine evidence of learning and achievements into credentials that are relevant to employers. This session will provide an update on our work and describe the exciting possibilities of blockchain-based academic credentials.

Presenters

Matt Lisle is the Director of Digital Learning Technologies at the Center for 21st Century Universities. He brings a combination of professional and academic experience in the fields of instructional design, web design and development, and content strategy to his work. His main professional focus is the creation and development of technology-enhanced learning experiences. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Matt served as Digital Course Design Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin and as Creative Director at Enspire Learning. He holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.

Extended Abstract

The Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech has been exploring the use of blockchain technologies to create decentralized transcripts that allow users to combine evidence of a wide variety of learning and achievements into credentials that are relevant to potential employers. The session will begin with a 30-minutes presentation on Georgia Tech's work and describe the exciting possibilities of blockchain-based academic credentials. Next, participants will be asked to work in pairs to draw a paper-based mockup of the ideal blockchain-based credential. Mockups could include data fields to be included (e.g. issuer, description, criteria, etc), features of a "wallet" application (e.g. social sharing, portfolio items, verification), or user flow diagrams. Finally, we will reconvene and share some of the groups' ideas. We also intend to issue blockchain-based credentials to everyone who attends this session -- demonstrating the learner experience of earning a next-generation digital credential.