Australian University Issues Academic Credentials on a Blockchain

Australian University Issues Academic Credentials on a Blockchain

The University of Melbourne, a public Аustralian university, has reportedly issued recipient-owned academic credentials on a blockchain.

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The University of Melbourne, a public Аustralian university, has reportedly issued recipient-owned academic credentials on a blockchain.

Following a pilot that was first revealed in May, the University of Melbourne is now storing and issuing student records on a blockchain. The students have access to their academic credentials on a mobile application that is open source and availble for iOS and Android, as the University wrote in a press release.

University of Melbourne Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Gregor Kennedy said that while they are entirely committed to the existing degrees and awards that the University offers, they are also interested in exploring how to build a more diverse credentialing ecosystem.

Credentials that are stored on the ledger remain in the ledger permanently, providing a new lecel of security and logevity for receipents and verifiers, according to the announcement.

The Learning Machine Vice President Business Development Natalie Smolenski  added that institutions all over the world – universities, governments, corporations, and others – are coming to terms with the logistical challenges of an increasingly mobile, global workforce and student body.

Smolenski added that the blockchain upgrades legacy methods of credentialing and verification, increasing both the security and efficiency of records processing. The Learning Machine platform makes creating, issuing, and managing blockchain records simple and intuitive at scale.

Learning Machine blockchain credentials use the Blockcerts open standard. According to the official statement, this means that that they are learner owned, portable, independently verifiable, and inreroperable with any system supporting Blockcerts or Open Badges 2.0.

The Blockcerts open source code was developed by Learning Machine and the MIT Media Lab in 2016 and released under the MIT open source license, as the University explained in their press release.

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