Recognising Achievement with Badges and Blockchain in a Connectivist MOOC
Stephen Downes, co-creator of the concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), describes a proof of concept demonstrating the feasibility of a distributed blockchain-based badge infrastructure in a connectivist MOOC...
"The distributed badging infrastructure described in this paper offers a range of potential applications for learning and development. The employment of blockchain-based certificates provides the measure of security and verifiability needed worldwide. Combining this approach with a model of open online education makes such certification more widely accessible. The digital content and badge-based recognition create portable credentials easily shared with potential employers. And the decentralised design of the badge infrastructure enables institutions in all parts of the world to participate as equal partners in the education infrastructure."
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