Credential Blockchains Could Help Student Mobility These 4 Efforts Explore How

edsurge | June 18, 2020

More than 70 efforts are underway around the world to use blockchain technology in education, and most set their sights on better connecting people with job opportunities, according to a new report published by the American Council on Education. The report is part of the Education Blockchain Initiative, organized by the American Council on Education and supported by $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The initiative aims to study whether and how decentralized digital ledgers can give students and workers more control over their academic and job records and improve the flow of data among schools, colleges and employers, leaders told EdSurge in February.

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It is exam time and students across a university are using the Virtual Learning Environment to help with their revision. Suddenly the page they are on stops responding. They try refreshing it. The page still will not load. They visit another web page – that does not load either. The institution has just sufered a complete network outage thanks to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack targeted at disrupting teaching and learning.

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It is exam time and students across a university are using the Virtual Learning Environment to help with their revision. Suddenly the page they are on stops responding. They try refreshing it. The page still will not load. They visit another web page – that does not load either. The institution has just sufered a complete network outage thanks to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack targeted at disrupting teaching and learning.

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