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Blockchain in education: let's not exaggerate!

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An introductory talk on blockchain in education benefits and challenges, prepared for the discussion panel at Online Educa Berlin 2019.

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Blockchain in education: let's not exaggerate!

  1. 1. Blockchain in Education? Let’s not exaggerate! • Inge de Waard 29 Nov ’19 #OEB19
  2. 2. Money, fraud and proof of expertise
  3. 3. The Skills project: matching courses to skill gaps
  4. 4. Blockchain on the bright side
  5. 5. Clustering courses
  6. 6. Validating formal and informal learning
  7. 7. Hard skills & soft skills (“Seny i rauxa”)
  8. 8. Our true skills outpass formal degrees
  9. 9. Blockchain the dark side
  10. 10. Consumes masses of energy
  11. 11. Start of chain is crucial: meet Inge de Waard
  12. 12. Open standards still being development
  13. 13. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  14. 14. Are they real?
  15. 15. Finally! Useful links! Tools in the market • BADGR: https://badgr.com/ • SMARTDEGREES : https://www.smartdegrees.es/en/home-en/ • DIPLO ME https://www.diplo-me.eu/ • OPENCERTS https://opencerts.io/ • DOCK.IO https://dock.io/blog/may-19-update • Relevant standards • OPEN BADGES https://openbadges.org/ • BLOCKCERTS https://www.blockcerts.org/ • Useful links blockchain introductions Looking into Blockchain options with experts T-Mining and blogging network Bit of Trust ! • https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/blockchain-explained-what-it-is-and-isnt-and-why-it- matters • https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/JRC108255/jrc108255_blockchain_in_education(1).pdf
  16. 16. Learning security?
  17. 17. Looking forward to your thoughts
  18. 18. www.innoenergy.com InnoEnergy is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union Inge de Waard Inge.deWaard@innoenergy.com @Ignatia Slideshare.net/Ignatia Skill Engine: https://www.techwolf.be/
  19. 19. Why use blockchain in project? Learning happens across different campuses and training organisations, based upon prior expertise of learner Learning happens in formal and informal settings Soft skills (team work, good communicator, …) are validated by peers, in many cases informally Professional learning is lifelong learning => need for a decentralized, formal & informal learning in the hands of the (professional) learner
  20. 20. Why shouldn’t we use blockchain? Massive Carbon Footprint: energy demand for servers is stupendous and non-climate conscious (= yearly energy consumption of 10.6 million people in Northern hemisphere) Blockchain is only as trustworthy as its first step (if that is falsified, all the rest is untrue as well) Classic blockchain is build on distrust (oversized security measures for undersized product delivery). One location (not distributed) risks disastrous hacking results. Insecurities: standards (= tech durability), too complex to become mainstream, nothing in nature is purely linear, tampering still possible, trusting the machine versus trusting the human

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