One of the benefits of blockchain technology is information transparency. For the educational system, blockchain technology has the ability to automate and secure mentorships and educational programs. Both students and tutors would be able to reach out without worrying about not getting paid or receiving services. Also, storing the data about mentors/teachers and students and their history on a blockchain would make them easily verifiable.
While there are many potential applications of blockchain for education, the most important is the verification of degrees. People regularly fraudulently claim that they have degrees they do not have. This is known as degree inflation. It is time-consuming (and expensive) for employers to verify that a particular individual has a particular degree from a
To save time and money, universities can put degree information on a public blockchain. This not only makes it easier for anyone to verify that an individual has a specific degree, but it also makes it extremely difficult for anyone to lie about what degree has actually be conferred upon them.
Blockchain offers the educational system many advantages:
1. A means for storing instant verifiable information: The universal main point of blockchain technology 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.
Here are some of the specific examples of how blockchain can be used in education: First, 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.
Second, blockchain technology squeezes out student plagiarism. Today plagiarism checkers have a good track record, yet such programs still don’t have 100% 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.
2. Blockchain serves as an effective means for universities to manage their financial affairs: 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.
For example, the sheer numbers of students matriculating at colleges and universities today mean admissions recruitment and related programs such as scholarship applications means a barrage of paperwork and recordkeeping for higher education administrators. The review and debates involved with student applications only compound the labour involved. Blockchain technology will streamline the college/university admissions process, meaning admissions and scholarship decisions and fund disbursement can happen in a near-instant.
The blockchain is also a great solution for educational institutions’ overall operating budgets, from office expenses to the salaries of those charged with recordkeeping 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.
Used Cases Of Blockchain In Educational System
Inna Bodganova is the CEO and founder of Aplic.io a blockchain-based platform to streamline the college/university search process for students and connect admissions offices with target students. Once students have matriculated at a higher educational institution, they can upload documents showing proof of skills, so that job recruiters can
use the system to find the best talent across borders. The system also assists with the visa process.
Blockchain also empowers the incentive to learn, like Tutellus is doing. It’s a collaborative decentralized EdTech platform that pays users for learning: the more they learn, the more money they get and the more relevant they become in the Community.
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