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A Learner-Centred Approach for Lifelong Learning Powered by the Blockchain
Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis
The Open University, UK
Powered by the
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
– 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
– 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.
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
Individual students, teachers, and peers take
more ownership of the learning experience
and its outcomes without compromising on
safety, security, and accessibility.
What is a blockchain?
• Transactions of educational reputation rather than
• An amount of reputation is assigned to institutions
and individuals, based on their status. This could be
related to their standing in international league
tables or to significant achievements.
• They can then award small amounts of this
reputational currency to students who graduate, or
colleagues whose work they value.
• The record is public, so anyone can see how a
person gained educational reputation, and the rules
for adding new value are agreed by consensus.
Movies available at: http://blockchain.open.ac.uk/
• We are currently implementing the core
components of this ecosystem, using the
Ethereum Blockchain platform.
• We are also working on learning scenarios
and applications on real-life educational
platforms, in collaboration with the
OpenLearn repository of open educational
resources and the FutureLearn MOOC