Learning on the Block: Could Smart Transactional Models Help Power Personalized Learning?

Alongside a cultural shift toward openness and transparency, two emerging technologies – blockchain and smart contracts – have the potential to impact learning dramatically. This paper is a deep dive into the smart transactional models driver of change from our most recent comprehensive forecast, “The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code.”

To help education stakeholders consider this potential, this paper presents four scenarios exploring:

  • Whether blockchain and smart contracts might provide the technical foundation for a new architecture for education
  • How emerging social conditions and cultural mindsets might motivate the adoption of these technologies.

This paper includes:

  • An overview of the basics of blockchain and smart contracts
  • An explanation of the current cultural shift from hierarchical institutions to more distributed coordination
  • Four imaginative scenarios illustrating how blockchain could impact the future of learning
  • A reading guide to help individuals and organizations evaluate the potential of smart transactional models.
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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