As new technologies emerge, they often help make things more convenient for users. One such instance of this is the use of Blockchain in University IT.

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is a method of storing and tracking information that might change the face of Higher Ed as we know it. While Blockchain implementation in university settings is still in its infancy, there have already been several promising use cases that allow us a glimpse at how Blockchain might interact with a Higher Ed IT system.

At a 2016 conference held at the University of Michigan, IT and Higher Ed innovators were brought together to discuss the future of the university transcript. The general consensus was that digital technologies would drastically impact the future of credentialing.

Based on these findings, here are four top uses for Blockchain in Higher Ed so far.

1. Create Public Access Credentials

As the university system stands, the most formal credentials issued to students are transcripts and degree certificates. These credentials verify a user’s completion of a degree, as well as the types of classes a user attended and the user’s relative success in those classes. Once a student has graduated, accessing these formal pieces of documentation can be time consuming. Prospective employers often ask for copies of these documents, and as such, this tedium could delay students in their job search.

Blockchain, however, can change all of this. Using Blockchain technologies, a university could grant each student the capability to instantly produce secure and complete credentials to any institution that requests them. More than just a transcript or degree certificate, Blockchain can also host robust information about students’ performance in standardized tests, degree requirements, and even extracurricular activities.

Blockchain provides an all-encompassing and expedited way for students to provide credentials to inquiring agencies of any type.

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