IMPLEMENTATION OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EDUCATION

G. Novakova1, E. Shoikova2, A. Peshev2, B. Jekov2

1Sofia University (BULGARIA)
2University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
Worldwide, education is in the central focus. Other important areas like science, medicine, agriculture, industry are dependent on the country’s education levels.

The rapid developments in robotics and IT technologies nowadays are helping to improve the field of personnel training so, the advancement of technology is precious for solving a lot of problems in education. Blockchain which is, in essence, a distributed ledger technology, is going to make communication in the field of education simpler [1].

For instance, Arizona State is building a blockchain-powered platform to share student records between community colleges and universities. To counter this, Arizona State is working with local community colleges to share transfer students' academic records, enabling colleges to monitor when their former students have earned enough credits to be awarded an associate’s degree - a process known as reverse transfer [3].

On the other hand, Salesforce Blockchain is a platform that promises to help organizations collaborate and share data securely through the distributed ledger technology. Arizona State University is working with Salesforce to create an educational network to enable schools to verify and share information, and particularly student academic records [8].

Students are also very concern about the blockchain in education. Blockchain at Berkeley is a student non-profit organization that offers blockchain-related education, consulting, and research to local businesses. The mission statement of Cornell Blockchain is to “develop, consult, and support growing projects in blockchain and create a community of innovators.” [7]

So, many educational institutions are researching the strengths and weaknesses of implementing blockchain technology in education and are getting ready to implement blockchain-based tools. Within this context, the present paper makes a short introduction into the blockchain technology and its importance in many different domains. Section 2 reviews the issues faced in the field of education, the ways of solving them using blockchain technology, and examples of perspectives on implementing blockchain technology in this field. Some examples are given as how blockchain could replace paper, blockchain for saving, and financing education. Finally, in Section 3 the paper concludes that one could deliberately manipulate a learning process in a robotic neural network by changing the importance of certain data points or streams, or tweak the learning after it is done. However, this could not be done with human beings.

Blockchain for education may be a new concept and requires an interdisciplinary approach, but technologists already see a myriad of possibilities. Much of what we know about blockchain today is based on our knowledge of or experience with Bitcoin. Given the regulatory barriers and the bureaucratic intricacies of most school systems, it is hard to predict whether educational institutions will adopt the technology. While the future of blockchain in education is hard to estimate with accuracy, many students also see blockchain learning as preparation for the next generation of startups.