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I’ve started a new research project on the blockchain and what it might offer for education. I’m interested in gaining a better understanding of the technology, and I’d like to be better positioned to weigh in on the discussions in which blockchain is increasingly posited as some revolutionary solution for credentials, assessment, and identity management.
Thanks to some suggestions from The Internet, here’s a list of materials I’m working my way through:
Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies
A Decentralized System for Education and Assessment
Decentralising Education and the Blockchain
How One School is Using Blockchain to Authenticate Degrees
UK Chief Science Adviser Urges Government to Start Deploying Blockchains for Public Services
How Blockchain Will Transform Business and Society
Certificates, Reputation, and the Blockchain
Forget Bitcoin — What Is the Blockchain and Why Should You Care?
Digital Portfolios + Open Badges + Blockchain = Personal Learning Ledger
Blockchains for Federated Student Data
Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age?
Academic Certificates on the Blockchain
Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure
My view on the current situation of Bitcoin and the Blockchain
Peering Deep into Future of Educational Credentialing
Heart of a Gambler
Programmable Blockchains in Context: Ethereum’s Future
Block Chain 2.0: The Renaissance of Money
The dawn of trustworthy computing
An Introduction to the Bitcoin Blockchain
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment
The Disruption Higher Ed Doesn’t See Coming (and how it could respond, even lead, but probably won’t)
Understanding the blockchain
What is the impact of blockchains on privacy?
The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin
Ending the bitcoin vs blockchain debate
From ePortfolios to OpenLedgers — via OpenBadges and BlockChains
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
Blockchain of Thought
I'll continue to update this list as more suggestions come in. I'm specifically looking for two things: 1) an explanation of blockchain technology suitable for tech-savvy non-cryptographers and 2) an explanation of how this technology could be used/useful in education. (And specifically how the tech would work in a non-financial setting, too. No hand-waving away those questions or acting like "it's decentralized!" is sufficient.)
Mostly I'm curious about this: what education problem does blockchain actually solve?