The education sector is one area where blockchain technology could potentially bring a great deal of value. There are many potential benefits that could come from using blockchain in the education industry, including increased security, improved accuracy, and simplified tracking and record-keeping. 

In this blog post, we will explore some of the ways in which blockchain could be used in the education sector to improve the overall experience for students, educators, and administrators.

Blockchain the in Education Sector

In recent years, Blockchain has been making an impact on many industries, including education. For its transparency and accountable nature, many businesses are adopting it to their process. In 2020, the education sector moved towards digitization most rapidly among others. Almost every educational institution adopted online classes and examinations for their students. This is where blockchain can make a difference.

Blockchain has huge potential to significantly alter the way students and teachers interact. It can also change the day-to-day activities and documentation process of an institution. Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology and accountability can greatly benefit the education sector. Here are some of the major ways how an educational sector gets the most out of Blockchain technology.

How Blockchain Can be Used in Education Sector 

Record Keeping

Currently, certificates and mark sheets are verified manually. Academic record-keeping procedures take a significant amount of time and effort as well. Blockchain can play a role in this. A student who moves to another institution or who transfers credits in the middle of the academic year can easily transfer their records by using Blockchain. All the records of a particular student can be accessible from various institutions as well as the exchange of content between institutions through this technology. Once information is stored on the Blockchain, verification is as simple as a click!

Certificate Issuance

Blockchain enables the issuance of digital certificates to students. It is more trustworthy and convenient than usual traditional certificates. Paper certificates are easy to tamper with and need a lot of resources (paper, ink, printer, etc.) to print. On the other hand, Blockchain-based certificates use fewer resources and are less vulnerable to damage or getting lost. Most importantly, it can significantly reduce the chances of forgery. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the pioneer in this and has been issuing digital blockchain-based certificates since 2017.

Document Storage

Most educational institutions are using Document Management System for document archiving. This process is cumbersome. It also requires enormous storage to keep all the records. Local storage may result in data loss. Cloud storage also faces centralization issues. However, Blockchain-based storage services can drastically improve the process by providing secure and convenient solutions.

Study Material Creation

Teachers and instructors can prepare lessons and study materials through Blockchain technology. Smart contracts of Blockchain help outline a list of tasks and notify the instructors when students complete their assigned tasks. 

Publication

Blockchain can also benefit teachers, students, and researchers by making it easier for them to publish their research papers in different journals. It saves them from the time-consuming process of traditional publication.

Intellectual Property Right

Many times we see that people are fighting over the intellectual rights of a particular paper or publication. Blockchain can easily ensure the rights of the true owner.

Benefits of Blockchain in the Education Sector

Benefits for students

Storing any kind of certificate and mark sheet on a Blockchain allows students to own and manage their academic achievements, allowing them to share them whenever and wherever they want.

Universities have traditionally owned, managed, and controlled student records, forcing students to rely on institutions to access and share their academic history and achievements. This practice has a lot of drawbacks. Physical records can be lost or destroyed, students are paying fees to access them, and alumni students very often do not find an authority to verify their academic achievement.

Blockchain gives students control over their academic identity by granting them ownership of their personal records. For graduates looking for work, this makes proving the accuracy of their credentials on their resumes much easier.

Benefits for Institutions

Many universities still use older versions of student information systems. These desktop-based systems are incapable of keeping up with a digital learning environment in which students take courses and earn certifications across multiple platforms.

According to Louis Soares chief learning and innovation officer at ACE, some universities have already tested blockchain technology to document the educational journey during and after college. Arizona State University uses state-of-the-art technology and MIT also contributed to the creation of Blockcerts, a technology for creating, issuing, and certifying blockchain-based certificates.

The Future of Blockchain and the Education Sector

Conclusion paragraph: Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the education sector by providing a secure and transparent platform for record keeping, certificate issuance, document storage, study material creation, publication, and intellectual property rights. By implementing blockchain in the education sector, schools and universities can improve efficiency and reduce costs while ensuring the security and integrity of data.

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