US to explore blockchain potential for streamlining data mobility

The American Council on Education (ACE) will examine blockchain potential for the education sector after the U.S. Department of Education decided to fund a blockchain-based pilot program for enhancing data mobility, announced a recently published article by Campus Technology.

Blockchain has a proven track record in efficiently storing, tracking, and sharing student records and credentials. It is indeed driving the next big revolution in the education industry. That’s why many countries are turning to blockchain to mend their education system. Earlier this month, Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson announced his partnership with Georgia ex-PM Mamuka Bakhtadze to launch a nationwide blockchain program for education.

US examining blockchain potential for education

Now, it is the United States looking to leverage blockchain technology to create the next level of learning. On Thursday, ACE announced a government-backed blockchain program that will identify ways blockchain could simplify the tedious process of data sharing among employers and educational institutes and eventually empower individuals to turn this into economic opportunities.

Ted Mitchell, ACE President, elaborated on the initiative by stating that the program essentially hands the control back to the students. With blockchain, learners will retain control over their educational records as they get to choose what and with whom they share. They can make seamless and hassle-free transitions between K-12, higher education, and job. It is a student-driven initiative for unlocking the true potential of this emerging technology for better achievements and learning, Mitchell explained.

A fourteen-member steering committee comprising of experts from the field of technology, entrepreneurship, and education was formed to pilot the blockchain program and offer to fund other blockchain-related projects that have the potential to make a meaningful impact on the education system in the country.

Louis Soares, who is the chief learning and innovation officer at ACE, is leading this initiative from the front and is highly optimistic about a successful outcome. Blockchain potential is vast. By enhancing the mobility and diversifying the learning contexts through blockchain, we are helping students in attaining their educational and employment goals. We, at ACE, are thrilled to be a part of this initiative and will ensure that it is accessible to all educational institutes across America, exclaimed Soares.

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