Badges and Blockcerts

< All posts Badges and Blockcerts In education and workforce development, it’s important to understand the differences between digital credential formats and how to combine them for greatest impact. Education and training providers have long been wrestling with the...

Flexible Systems

< All posts Flexible Systems Top-down initiatives to reconstruct entire sectors like digital identity are too brittle to succeed. Flexible systems require a different mindset. Official records are one of the most powerful forms of social currency. They allow people...

Why Use a Blockchain?

< All posts Why Use a Blockchain? Blockchains offer a new public infrastructure for verifying credentials in a manner far more durable, secure, and convenient than relying upon a single authority. Everyone wants digital records to be shareable and verifiable, but...

Hosted ≠ Verified

< All posts Hosted ≠ Verified Credentials hosted on an institution’s domain may be convenient, but hosting alone is not sufficient to provide security, reliability, or longevity for recipients and verifiers. Credentialing has been undergoing a renaissance in recent...

Ownership

< All posts Ownership The term ownership means the act, state, or right of possessing something. For digital records, this requires control of private keys, for both issuers and recipients. Many credential issuing products have features for designing records,...

Hybrid Benefits

< All posts Hybrid Benefits How can the security structures of decentralized apps be reliably combined with the polish and patterns of centralized apps? Software applications created and maintained by a single company typically enjoy characteristics of...

Credential Issuing Systems: Five Questions to Ask

< All posts Credential Issuing Systems: Five Questions to Ask A guide to help navigate solutions claiming to provide blockchain-based identity records. Don’t be fooled by fakes. Now that the Blockchain and Self-Sovereign Identity have become popular concepts, both...

Blockchain in Education

< All posts Blockchain in Education A growing forest of choices for securing academic credentials means starting with open standards or betting on vendors. The blockchain revolution has recently come to the education sector with the promise of providing...

Academic Credentialing and the Blockchain

< All posts Academic Credentialing and the Blockchain This is a transcript of the presentation given during Educause at the Anaheim Convention Center on October 28, 2016. Hello everyone. My name is Chris Jagers. I’m the CEO of Learning Machine, the software company...