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Blockchain for Education: Lifelong Learning Passport

: Gräther, Wolfgang; Kolvenbach, Sabine; Ruland, Rudolf; Julian, Schütte; Ferreira Torres, Cristof; Wendland, Florian

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Prinz, Wolfgang ; European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies -EUSSET-, Bonn:
1st ERCIM Blockchain Workshop 2018. Proceedings : Blockchain Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities for Computer Science Research; 8 - 9 May 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bonn: EUSSET, 2018 (Reports of the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies 2)
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Blockchain Workshop <1, 2018, Amsterdam>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer FIT ()
Fraunhofer AISEC ()
certification; certificate; Blockchain; smart contract; smart contract; IPFS; BSCW

Certificates play an important role in education and in professional development in companies. Individual learning records become essential for people’s professional careers. It is therefore important that these records are stored in long-term available and tamper-proof ledgers. A blockchain records transactions in a verifiable and permanent way, therefore it is very suitable to store fingerprints of certificates or other educational items. Blockchain reveals forgery of certificates and it supports learning histories. In this paper, we present the Blockchain for Education platform as a practical solution for issuing, validating and sharing of certificates. At first, we describe the conceptual system overview and then we present in detail the platform implementation including management of certification authorities and certificates, smart contracts as well as services for certifiers, learners and third parties such as employers. Finally, we describe use cases and first evaluation results that we gathered from end user tests with certifiers and conclude with a discussion.