Blockchain Could Reconfigure Education

July 5, 2016

Blockchain Could Reconfigure Education


  • What if, rather than solving a problem, technology could open doors for learning? Blockchain, a distributed, encrypted technology that tracks and verifies transactions, could have such impacts on learning in the next 10 years, according to the paper “Learning on the Block: Could Smart Transactional Models Help Power Personalized Learning?” that considers possible impacts blockchain and smart contracts could have on the future of learning.
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Keywords: blockchain technology, higher education, innovation in education

Southern New Hampshire University’s Paul LeBlanc Wants Higher Ed to Back Up Its Claims


  • Today, about 600 higher-ed institutions are developing entire CBE degree programs. But long before CBE was trending, Southern New Hampshire University gave it a test drive, largely in part to the vision of its president, Paul LeBlanc. EdSurge sat down with LeBlanc and Rusty Greiff, a partner with 1776, a seed fund and business incubator, to talk about SNHU’s work to close the chasm between what students learn and what the workforce wants.
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Keywords: higher education, ed leaders, leadership, innovation in education, competency-based education, CBE, non traditional students

Report: Broad Transformations Affecting Higher Education

Education News

  • The traditional credit hour may be on the way out as competency-based learning and more flexible options come into demand. This according to the report, “Transformations Affecting Postsecondary Education” that says that in order to change higher education, students need to follow personalized pathways to a credential, guided through a combination of coaching and electronic advising. While badges and microcredentials would be placed in e-portfolios that can be taken with them throughout their life.
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Keywords: higher education, report, competency-based education, flexible pathways, badges, microcredentials, e-portfolios

More Than 90 Percent of Institutions Offer Alternative Credentials

Campus Technology

  • Millennial students seem to prefer badging and certificate programs to traditional bachelor’s degrees, according to the study, “Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials”, from University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Pennsylvania State University and Pearson that explored the role that alternative credentials play in higher education.
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Keywords: reports, higher education, credentialing, alternative credentials, badges

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

The New York Times

  • Amazon announced it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers, called Amazon Inspire. By starting out with a free resources service for teachers, Amazon is establishing a foothold that could expand into a one-stop shopping marketplace. The service will be available in late August or early September.
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Keywords: education, technology, platforms, materials for teachers

How to Fill the Skills Gap for New College Grads Who Don’t Have Work Experience

Education News

  • No employer wants to be the one to give a recent graduate their first real-world job experience. Now, there is a new twist on the idea of bootcamps that takes aim at reducing the cost barrier for fresh college graduates and eliminating the hiring risk for employers. The company Revature trains new college graduates for free, and then places trained workers with employers, allowing companies to try out prospective employees before hiring them outright.
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Keywords: skills gap, bootcamps, higher education, employers

How Khan Academy’s Founder Designs a Brick and Mortar School for Kids


  • Sal Khan, a pioneer of online tutorials with his successful Khan Academy, has established a private brick-and-mortar laboratory school in Silicon Valley. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school currently serves some 65 students. There are no grades or grade levels; there's no traditional homework. Students shape their own schedules, craft attainable daily and term goals. This is how a day at the Khan Lab School looks like.
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Keywords: innovation in education, pioneers, entrepreneurs, leaders

The Technology of Higher Education


  • Today, technology is changing the relationship between education and the workforce in four distinct ways: First, competency data is becoming increasingly available through online psychometric assessments, e-portfolios and micro-credentials; second, there is a clear path for employers to interact with this new data; third, this data is being extracted and parsed into competency statements; and fourth, the advent of “People Analytics” technologies, allowing employers to track employee performance.
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Keywords: technology, higher education, data analytics, micro-credentials, e-portfolios, competencies, people analytics, innovation in education, employers

3 Questions to Innovate with Impact

Getting Smart

  • Meaningful innovation in education comes from “responsible and intentional experimentation.” To make a difference first you need to know what outcome you want to deliver for learners with the help of three sets of questions: What experience do you want the learner to have?, What can technology do to help achieve that goal? Is it practical? Is this tool likely to empower or slow teachers down?, Where are the “fingerprints” of the teacher? How do teachers know you listen? Making a difference starts with knowing where you want to go.
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Keywords: innovation in education, learning, teaching, ed leaders, leadership

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