This post is provided by guest blogger, Mark Doty, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program
Many L&D professionals are wondering how the emergence of blockchain technology will impact the eLearning industry. In a recent article, a concise introduction to blockchain technology and how it can be applied to the eLearning industry is provided.
The author describes eLearning’s main problem for verifying new skills and knowledge as the lack of trust in the digital credentialing and badging process. The article defines the three primary stakeholders for eLearning and concludes by describing how blockchain enables trust in the credentialing process via secured decentralized technology.
Given the rapid expansion of blockchain through-out many professions, this article provides an excellent overview for how this breakthrough technology can be specifically applied for the benefit of the eLearning industry. The author, Mark Iafrate, who works for a leading digital credentialing platform, describes why eLearning providers, eLearning students, and eLearning verifiers should be concerned with the risks inherent in a centralized digital learning ecosystem. This article is an excellent source for L&D professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of a cutting edge and emerging technology.
Iafrate, M. (2017, December). How the bitcoin blockchain is impacting the eLearning Industry. Retrieved from: https://elearningindustry.com/bitcoin-blockchain-impacting-elearning-industry