Blockchain in Education: A Positive Impact

Blockchain in Education: A Positive Impact

Blockchain is no more an odd concept for people. Though many are not familiar with its functioning and application. It is still talk of the town in many parts of the world. Countries are accepting blockchain technology to upgrade their various sectors. One of them being blockchain in education. After a successful ride in another sector, the education department is all set to enjoy the benefits. 

A little throwback to what is blockchain technology?

Blockchain technology works on the distributed ledger. We all have seen ledger in the form of records are saved. Most of them are saved electronically with specialized software, generally centralized. 

Saving data in one centralized system is prone to attacks. That is why saving data in form of records at different places is a much safer option. Hence called a distributed ledger. 

How Blockchain in Education will be beneficial?

Let’s discuss some benefits and applications of blockchain-based ledger technology in education:

  • Student records:

maintaining academic transcripts is one of the most time-consuming, labor-intensive tasks in academic institutions today. Before issuing a certified transcript of a student’s grades, each entry must be manually verified to ensure accuracy. Another kind of student record that is frequently requested is the certification of course contents. In K-12 education, it might happen that a student in one state takes a class called ‘Algebra’ and then moves to another state where she is enrolled in a school that also teaches a class called ‘Algebra.’ So far, so good.

But do both courses share the same content? Verifying this means comparing the courses’ content. In Kindergarten to 12th, this can be tedious. At the university level, it is a nightmare. At the university where I went to medical school, complete course contents are around 700 pages. For each student who requests this record, each page should be signed and stamped (to ensure accuracy). But if this information were stored on a blockchain, with just a few clicks, a person could obtain a complete, verified record of content courses and all academic achievements.

students in class

  • Diplomas and certificates:

Just like grades, a student’s diplomas and credentials could be issued and stored on a blockchain. Instead of asking the institution emitting the diploma to certify a paper copy, employers would only need to be provided with a link to a digital diploma. This is already being done. In 2017, MIT began issuing digital, blockchain-stored diplomas to its graduates. This prevents people from submitting fake degrees to potential employers, a situation that is, regrettably, all too common.

  • Badges:

Besides degrees, a person’s typical resume contains a lot of additional information that could be relevant to employers. We’re talking about foreign language skills, technical knowledge, or specific abilities not necessarily related to a person’s profession. I, for one, am a medical doctor with a master’s degree in primary care diabetology. But that doesn’t tell anyone that I speak four languages to varying levels of fluency, can set up computer networks, know about cryptocurrencies, or am a trained cook. Then again, these skills aren’t easy to verify. But a person can get an expert third party to verify that skill and grant a certificate or badge. If these are stored on a blockchain, they prove that a person indeed has the skills in question. Services like Open Badge Passport are the first step in this direction.

  • File storage:

If an institution wants to save all the records, degrees, student details, and other information, that will add up a lot of storage files. Saving all the files issues in centralizing the files. Storing data in the hardware can be limited to the capacity of the storage device. Cloud storage is an alternative but cloud storage in abundance is not possible for many institutions. Therefore, institutions can try blockchain-based cloud storage services called Filecoin.

  • Lessons and courses:

Blockchain in education has a feature of smart contracts. That means lessons and courses can be processed through the blockchain and automatically process ahead. For example, if a teacher has to assign tasks for students. The completion and submission of the projects cab be verified by smart contracts. Completion of the tasks will provide teachers payment in crypto and students will receive credit.

  • Cost-effective:

These academics working require long hours of the process resulting in spending a lot of money. Cutting these extras will help institutions to lower their fees. Resulting in the favor of students for less money to pay and no hassle of getting loans. 

 Also Read Applications of blockchain in banking.

 

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

  1. How do I teach Blockchain?

Ans: How to start teaching blockchain

  • Seek out help. Tap the expertise of Anders Brownworth, a cryptocurrency specialist and former blockchain lecturer at MIT.
  • Start a blockchain course. 
  • Bring blockchain into your existing classes. 
  • Teach the basics.
  • Make it real.
  • Discuss content on the blockchain.
  • Establish research projects.

2. What is the blockchain concept?

Ans: Blockchain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack, or cheat the system. Each block in the chain contains a number of transactions, and every time a new transaction occurs on the blockchain, a record of that transaction is added to every participant’s ledger. 

3. How do I start studying Blockchain?

Ans: Some of the basics you need to follow to learn Blockchain: 

  1. Learn the basics of blockchain and cryptocurrency. To do this, you’ve got to get involved! 
  2. Buy some cryptocurrency.
  3. Try the basics of blockchain programming on Space Doggos or CryptoZombies.
  4. Sign up for a more advanced Solidity course, like the one offered here at BitDegree.
  5. Get coding!

4. What skills are needed for Blockchain?

Ans: Some of the skills required for a blockchain developer are:

  • Cryptography. Cryptography is the study of protocols that help in preventing unwanted parties from accessing your data. 
  • Smart Contracts. 
  • Data Structures. 
  • Blockchain Architecture. 
  • Web Development.

5. Do you need a degree to be a Blockchain developer?

Ans: While a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information security can help equip you with the background knowledge necessary to work in blockchain development, not all employers require it to work in this industry

6. Is solidity hard to learn?

Ans: No, you can’t. There are no courses “starting programming with solidity”. If you are a programmer already you will understand tutorials. I think Solidity’s fine to start learning directly as a first-time language; the thing that makes it much more difficult to write well is the unchanging nature of contacts.

7. What is a solidity developer?

Ans: A Solidity Developer is one who uses the object-oriented Solidity language to build and deploy smart contracts on ethereum based applications. Solidity is the native language of ethereum which gives enterprises the complete advantage of launching projects on the ethereum blockchain platform.

8. What language is Cryptocurrency written in?

Ans: Theoretically, it is possible to use any programming language to create a cryptocurrency, being the most common languages C, C++, Java, Python, and Perl. The best part of cryptocurrencies is the open access to all Bitcoin and Ethereum open-source programming scripts.

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