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The Buzz About Blockchain

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Will Blockchain Invade Education?

“Blockchain” is one of the trendiest technologies of the moment. It’s also one of the most difficult to understand.

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Blockchain and the “Learning is Earning” Initiative

It’s a term you may not even have heard yet, but it began getting more buzz recently at SXSWedu. Blockchain. Blockchain is a trendy new technology that is generating some buzz in educational spheres. It’s the same technology that powers Bitcoin and it may be a means of supporting decentralized credentialing and the awarding of badges for learning events. Should this be on your radar screen?

This article links to a blog post by Audrey Watters who notes that very, very few applications currently exist. However, venture capitalists and other investors are taking note. It’s a concept that may help to fuel the ability to support the award of digital badges, a trend that is continuing to take hold among organizations like Coursera, Udemy and now even LinkedIn. It’s definitely a concept worth watching.

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