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Facilitating lifelong learning through the use of blockchain technology

  1. 1. https://qualichain-project.eu/ This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 822404 Facilitating lifelong learning through the use of blockchain technology Dr Alexander Mikroyannidis, The Open University, UK
  2. 2. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 2 Motivation The centralised education model is no longer sustainable: • Learning happens increasingly outside the brick-and-mortar lecture halls of schools, colleges, and universities on online platforms, within communities of like-minded individuals, or by contributing to projects and initiatives in the real-world. • Learning is far more international than it used to be: key education players open campuses abroad, while students travel to different countries to improve their employability prospects. • In the networked, digitally empowered world of the 21st century, education providers often do not have remit or the means and capacity to cover the range of activities learners engage with, which attest their achievements, knowledge, and skills.
  3. 3. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 3 Vision We envision an education model in which the awarding and validation of qualifications no longer occur exclusively under the management of an education institution or an employer. Individual students, teachers, and peers take more ownership of the learning experience and its outcomes without compromising on safety, security, and accessibility.
  4. 4. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 4 What is a Blockchain? • A cryptographically secure, shared, distributed ledger. • Each block aggregates a timestamped batch of transactions and is identified by a cryptographic signature. • These blocks are all back-linked so that the chain can be traced all the way back to the very first block created. • As such, the blockchain contains an un-editable record of all transactions.
  5. 5. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 5 The QualiChain Project
  6. 6. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 6 Project Objectives • Creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications. • Assessment of the technical, political, socioeconomic, legal and cultural impact of decentralised solutions on education.
  7. 7. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 7 Project Pilots
  8. 8. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 8 University Process Optimisation through Smart Curriculum Design This pilot is conducted by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and aims to optimise the university operation and curriculum design, as well as facilitate the validation and verification of skills and qualifications of undergraduate and PhD students. The main goals of this pilot are: • Provision of analytics and recommendations for the redesign and update of specific courses and by extension the entire curriculum of the school. • Student accreditation and lecturer validation and recognition through a trusted, immutable and secure Blockchain ledger.
  9. 9. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 9 Staffing the Public Sector: The Case of Greece This pilot is conducted by the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP) in collaboration with the Hellenic Parliament (HeP). This pilot has the following objectives: • Provide personalised candidate notifications for job vacancies by matching individual profiles with available jobs in the civil service. • Validate academic and professional qualifications of individual candidates. • Improve the efficiency of the recruitment process in terms of time and credibility.
  10. 10. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 10 Staffing the Public Sector: The Case of Portugal This pilot is leveraging QualiChain to staff the Portuguese public sector. For this purpose, the use case involves integrating the FenixEdu system with QualiChain. FenixEdu is an academic management platform that supports full program and course management, including the issuing of diplomas. This integration of FenixEdu with QualiChain allows diplomas issued using FenixEdu to be automatically inserted in QualiChain’s blockchain, allowing the Portuguese public administration to have access to all diplomas issued by universities that use FenixEdu. Qualichain thus ensures the authenticity and integrity of the diplomas.
  11. 11. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 11 Provision of Recruitment & Competency Management Services This pilot is developing and offering a competency management framework to Madeira’s Regional Health and Civil Protection Secretary (SRS), which is the government entity responsible for health personnel administration in this Portuguese region. The main goals of this pilot are the following: • Support the implementation and coordination of HR management policies in the health sector. • Speed-up the recruitment process by validation of CVs. • Facilitate the selection and mobility process using semantic matching methods to pair job opportunities with the best candidates. • Perform identification of skills gaps and suggest training for skill development.
  12. 12. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 12 Supporting Lifelong Learning This pilot is conducted by The Open University and is investigating how blockchain technologies can support lifelong learners in their learning journey and in advancing their career. The objectives of this pilot are the following: • Awarding lifelong learners with transparent and immutable educational accreditation; • Offering lifelong learners personalised recommendations; • Supporting lifelong learners in reaching their personal or professional learning goals.
  13. 13. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 13 Lifelong learners: They pursue learning throughout their lifetime, for either personal or professional reasons. Educational institutions: These are institutions that provide education or training services, either paid ones or free. Stakeholders
  14. 14. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 14 Smart Badges • Immutable & instantly verifiable accreditation. • Offering personalised recommendations about jobs & courses. Use Case
  15. 15. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 15 Job Recommendations
  16. 16. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 16 Course Recommendations
  17. 17. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 17 Eliciting requirements from groups of learners, educators, researchers and practitioners in the context of major educational technology conferences. Consultation Workshops
  18. 18. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 18 ePortfolios should aggregate formal and informal qualifications validated by employers and educational institutions. Immutable Formal & Informal Qualifications Learners should receive guidance in building lifelong learning pathways and acquiring micro-credentials in order to achieve their learning goals. Lifelong Learning Pathways & Micro-credentials Job seekers should be provided with a comprehensive overview of the job market and the latest market trends. Career Counselling Learners/job seekers should own their digital identity and their ePortfolio data and should be able to control third-party access to it. Data Ownership and Privacy Findings
  19. 19. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 19 Next Steps • Launching the QualiChain platform, which addresses the requirements and scenarios of the project pilots. • Piloting the QualiChain platform and engaging stakeholders via dedicated workshops, as well as via other opportunities and online channels, such as open online courses and webinars. • Collating and publishing lessons learned and best practices.
  20. 20. https://qualichain-project.eu/ 20 Special Issue QualiChain is organising a special issue on Blockchain-Based Decentralised Solutions for Learner Empowerment, Education Reengineering and Public Sector Transformation to be published in the new Elsevier journal Blockchain: Research and Applications. Important dates: • Submission deadline: February 1, 2022 • Final decisions: May 1, 2022
  21. 21. https://qualichain-project.eu/ This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 822404 /QualiChain /QualiChain @QualiChain 21 Thank you for your attention! https://qualichain-project.eu

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