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BLOCKCHAIN FOR EDUCATION

FAKE DIPLOMAS

Educational certificate forgery is a widespread and systematic problem affecting education institutes’ reputation, trust value of the certificate holders and ability of companies to differentiate qualified candidates from non-qualified ones. Up to 30 percent of the certificates and diplomas in circulation could be fake jeopardizing the whole concept of value creation from higher education and specialized skill training programs. Vottun has created BlockEdcuate as a unique and sustainable solution to this problem using decentralized blockchain for education sector.

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Institutions and employers can solve “Fake diplomas” issue with blockchain

“The number of earned PhD degrees in the United States is 40,000 to 45,000 each year. The number of fake PhDs bought each year from diploma mills exceeds 50,000. In other words, more than half of all people claiming a new PhD have a fake degree.”

Not only in United States, the problem is even worse in other countries, for example “In France, 33% of applicants use fake diploma. This number is similar in the United Kingdom.” According to the official organisation in charge of diploma authentication. Countries such as India and China where number of issuing organization is staggering, its nearly impossible to even verify the identity and license of the issuing authority leave aside the verification of certificate itself.

LiFELONG LEARNING

Vottun blockchain technology can be used to accelerate the end of a paper-based system for certificates, to secure and improve the use of digital certificates. With our platform any kinds of certificates issued by educational organizations, in particular qualifications and records of achievement, can be permanently and reliably secured using blockchain technology.

More advanced blockchain implementations could also be used to automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, or even to store and verify a complete record of formal and non-formal achievements throughout lifelong learning.

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ROLE OF BLOCKCHAIN FOR EDUCATION

Imagine you track all competences, skills & achievechements adquired during your life. Thanks to the blockchain you have a trustworthy way to prove it to the world

At Vottun, we believe blockchain technology in education will revolutionize the way educational data will flow and it will have a huge impact in how the job market will evolve. We have created BlockEducate to showcase how educational certificates can benefit from uses of blockchain in education today.

Our blockchain solution for education sector give people the power to keep track in an undeniable way all the competences, skills and achievements adquired throught our lifelong learning existence. Today thanks to internet there are many opportunities to enrich your competences but until now it wasn´t a good way to register your competences and present them to employers. BlockEducate solve this issue, no matter where you are in the world, no matter what is your source of knowledge, if the achievement and competences are validated by our blockchain education system and stored in the blockchain you will be able to prove with “100% trusted” data your accomplishments to any employer in the world.

BlockEducate is a distributed yet simple to use solution to resolve the problem of fake certificates.

The platform utilizes Ethereum smart contract technology to safely encrypt and issue certificates on the blockchain. Students are provided with simple, attractive badges in wallets via our easy to use SaaS web and mobile platforms.  They can share these badges with job providers to verify their educational achievements.  Job providers can verify educational content and authenticate the issued certificates without intervention from the certificate publisher.

Our blockchain education solutiondoes not have a single point of failure and is compliant with GDPR and right to forget regulations, meeting all expectations of the stakeholders. Some points to consider include:

  • Education institutions and Certificate Publishers must validate their identity with third party verifiers, establishing a mechanism to uniquely identify issued certificates against the real world entities.
  • Issued blockchain based academic certificate are stored on public blockchain hence there is a guarantee that data stored is immutable and cannot be tempered with. Also since blockchain is stored in decentralized way, there is no single point of failure.
  • Data that is stored on blockchain is encrypted, hence only the certificate holders can see and share this data as they wish. This protects both right to privacy and right to be forgotten of students.
  • Certificate sharing is as simple as sharing a URL or badge, we provide free and open source Dapp for decryption of the certificate data.

HOW TO GET YOUR BLOCKCHAIN BASED ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE?

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Advantages of Blockchain for Universities and school

BlockEducate uses Ethereum smart contract technology to issue encrypted certificates. Students are provided with a wallet which they can store their certificates and share them with job providers or anyone they choose.  Shared certificates can be verified and authenticated on the blockchain.   The solution does not have a single point of failure and is compliant with GDPR and right to forget regulations, meeting all expectations of the stakeholders. Our solution allows

  • the issuer to prove they issued the credential;
  • the issuer to set an expiration time on the credential;
  • the issuer to revoke the credential;
  • the credentialing system is secure and imposes minimal ongoing burden for support or maintenance

Advantages for Students

  • independence: the student owns the credential, and does not require the issuer or verifying third-party to be involved after receiving the credential;
  • ownership: the recipient may prove ownership of the credential;
  • control: the recipient has control over how they curate credentials they own. They may choose to associate credentials with an established profile they own, or not;
  • verifiability: the credential is verifiable by third parties, like employers, admissions committees, and verification organisations;
  • permanence: the credential is a permanent record