Blockchain for Education


Program Overview

The wall street’s irrational exuberance with crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin illuminated the power of the Blockchain. The reports from Mckinsey’s and HBRs continue to elaborate on this phenomenon. However, the knowledge is very limited that explains how Blockchain as a technology can be leveraged for Higher Education Services. This study essentially aims to address this gap through a series of Master of IT student learning projects.

Master of Information Technology (MIT) Blockchain Projects

The student projects are designed to enhance the student’s knowledge about Blockchain capabilities. In addition to that each student will have the option either to design and/or develop services that can make novel use of blockchain for enhancing Higher Education Service Value. The project deliverables from all students will be stored in a QUT Maintained repository which will be managed by QUT Information Security Team. Dr. Matthew McKague from the information security team will provide the knowledge to manage the student repository with the necessary security provisions.

Considering MIT students projects are scheduled for 13-week of duration only, this BC for Education repository is set up to ensure a) continuity of specific explorations across students and semesters b) act as the central point for further research and analysis and c) minimize the learning curve for new students that choose to be part of this program.

MIT Blockchain for Education Scope & Deliverables:

The scope of individual projects will vary based on the student’s major (BPM/ES/CS/NET/SEC/DS/IM/) and skills.   All projects will include a literature review activity in the first phase. This will be followed up with a design and development problem solving activity in the 2nd phase. The design of development of a solution should strive to make novel use of blockchain for Higher Education Services. Students will have the option to choose to work between the three BC choices namely public or private or consortium chains.

Active Projects & Students

  1. Students’ SkillsChain Design with HyperLedger : A proof of concept – Robert Marlin
  2. Evaluation of Blockchain use for Lifelong Learning Processes – Ngoc Lan Phuong Nguyen
  3. Knowledge Coins for Student Credits – A Blockchain trial – Vidhiben Patel
  4. Evaluation of Trust protocols that are best fit for implementing privacy protection with Blockchain – Anthony Crowe
  5. Design Consensus processes/methods for Skills Evaluation across Across Universities – Dumindi Kalhari Kaduruwana