Is It Realistic for Blockchain and Education to Come Together?
Blockchain, a Trust Protocol that has the potential to change the way business is done, is gaining more and more dedicated followers who truly believe in the possibilities that this technology can bring to the world.
Although blockchain has been associated primarily with bitcoin and cryptocurrency, there have been many discussions about bringing blockchain to other industries as well. After all, the idea of using an open-sourced, global ledger that would be nearly impossible to hack, allows users to share information and do transparent exchanges, without needing to worry about trust. It’s the new Internet — the Internet of value, and it has so much unbelievable potential.
So, if blockchain can be applied to money and business, then why can’t it be applied to higher-education? People are starting to toy with the idea of bringing higher-education to the blockchain, and college as we know it might change dramatically in the future.
But, is it realistic?
Blockchain and Education: It Would Keep Student’s Data Safe, but Relevant
In this day in age, we are reduced to numbers. We have our social security number, our credit card numbers, our cell phone numbers, etc. All these numbers help people identify us, but it also helps hackers to find easy ways to steal our information. This is no different when you go to school. Universities have a plethora of information on each of their students, from their test scores to even their fingerprints and how much money they owe on their student loans. Blockchain would change this, storing and exchanging only for the most relevant information and keeping that information safe from those it doesn’t belong to.
It Could Help Record and Reward All Kinds of Skills
One of the main reasons people still seek out a college education is because they think it will help them to get more job opportunities. While college is still very necessary for many career paths, it’s not the only solution. Many job industries nowadays seek very specific skills — skills that can absolutely be learned outside of the classroom. Unfortunately, there are many job contenders who do have the necessary skills but don’t possess a physical degree or recognition of proof that they’ve learned those skills. The blockchain could award students who are self-taught the proof they would need to show employers, while ensuring the employer that this applicant isn’t lying about their credentials.
It Would Stray From the Traditional Lecture, in a Good Way
Who says college needs to be students sitting in a classroom, being fed information from a person on the other side of the room? Classrooms are already being held online, so why not take that a step further? Blockchain could allow for a more interactive classroom — one where students and teachers collaborate to share old and new information, lecture notes, podcasts, thoughts, and more.
Linking blockchain and education (especially tertiary education) would have other great benefits, like reducing costs of education, keeping academic integrity, and ultimately, changing our job market for the better. As long as their is enough believers in this system, there’s no reason why it’s not realistic.
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