Even though I've sworn to write no more about the blockchain and education, I'm still collecting stories on the topic, in part because the marketing drum continues to be pounded. Maybe I'll write more. Maybe I won't.
Some of the responses to my research series have been, um, interesting, particularly the three-part response that insisted I do not understand technology, ideology, or how to make a coherent argument.
I've decided to delete the list of links I have on the "landing page" I created for this research project. In particular, there is no way that I would send someone to the Badge Chain project currently hosted on Medium.com in order to learn more about the possibility of blockchain technology, considering this group's willingness to publish such misleading responses to my work. I've pasted all those links below, originally on research.hackeducation.com/blockchain.html, along with some more recent articles about blockchain technology that have been published since I last updated this site.
A couple of notes: recent furor (again) over "Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?" is worth following, particular as Bitcoin continues to stumble. Arguments that Bitcoin doesn't matter, but blockchain does are worth thinking of in this light, particularly with the amount of money investors have plowed into the former. Also noteworthy: Don Tapscott has a forthcoming book on the topic, and so I anticipate there'll be lots of marketing as he insists that blockchain is the most important technology of our lifetime. I remember when he said the same about wikis and Web 2.0. But alas, these have been displaced by "the distributed ledger."
“How Bitcoin Technology Could Make College Credentials More Secure”
“Understand the blockchain in two minutes”
"IBM, 8 universities to train Watson for cybersecurity sleuthing"
"What Blockchain Means for Higher Education"
"Blockchain in Capital Markets: Use Cases Emerge in Wholesale Finance"
"Uber-U is Already Here"
"Blockchain meets virtual reality"
"Is blockchain the future of storing, transferring student records?"
“In proof we trust”
“Can the Blockchain Fix Copyright?”
“IBM launches blockchain cloud services for government, healthcare sectors”
“How Blockchain Relates to Artificial Intelligence?”
“He's Bitcoin’s Creator, He Says, but Skeptics Pounce on His Claim”
“Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto”
“Craig Wright: Uh, Actually, I Won’t Prove That I’m Satoshi Nakamoto”
“We Need to Know Who Satoshi Nakamoto Is”
"Avoiding pointless (Open Badges-related) blockchain projects"
"Peering Deep into Future of Educational Credentialing"
"The Possibilities of Badges and Blockchain"
"Would 'Blockchain' Tech Work for K-12 Schools?"
"Blockchains for Federated Student Data"
"Researching the Blockchain in EdTech"
"How 'blockchain' technology could influence education"
"Credit Transfer, Credit Trading"
"Learning is Earning"
"The central question behind the Block chain: What is a transaction? And how does rethinking the transaction affect our understanding of educational technologies?"
"Searle's Status Functions and the Educational Block Chain"
"@Telegram, Raspberry Pi, Block Chains and Educational Transactions"
"10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education"
"How One School is Using Bitcoin Blockchain to Authenticate Degrees"
"Cognitive Authority, Digital Badges, and the Oracle of the Blockchain"
"Digital Portfolios + Open Badges + Blockchain = Personal Learning Ledger"
"Decentralising Education & the Blockchain"
"From ePortfolios to OpenLedgers -- via OpenBadges and BlockChains"
"Certificates, Reputation, and the Blockchain"
"Own Your Achievements: Three Ways Blockchain Tech is Disrupting Education"