Online Learning Update

March 31, 2017

Could blockchain tech make the registrar’s office obsolete?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Stephen Noonoo, Education Dive

Blockchain technology — a means of providing independent verification between two parties — is being looked at by schools and registrar’s offices as a way to provide student transcripts instantly and for free. MIT’s Media Lab is already using the method to make some certificates available to alumni, and it has created an open standards toolkit to help others get started. The goal is to put students in control of their own records, allowing them greater say in when and how their records can be shared (publicly, with potential employers, etc). Proponents hope that more ed tech companies will build blockchain technology into their products in the near future.

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