Digital Portfolios + Open Badges + Blockchain = Personal Learning Ledger

W. Ian O'Byrne
Feb 17, 2016 · 5 min read

Digital Portfolios

The idea of having students showcase their learning is nothing new. For decades, portfolios have been a staple of teachers’ instruction and assessment. Educators have the opportunity to use portfolios to work with learners to identify and map learning pathways while including learning artifacts. In this process, learners can identify their strengths, focus on learning opportunities, and build up metacognitive skills.

Open Badges

Badges are visual representations and indicators of learner accomplishments, skills, or interest. They are symbolic representations that can be easily shared and communicated across varied academic, social, and work-related contexts. For more on digital and open badges, please view our earlier post.

Blockchain & BitofTrust

In the BitCoin model, peer-to-peer networks distribute and record a public ledger. These transactions and blocks of transactions in the model are known as they blockchain. The public ledger uses bitcoin as the unit of account in the system.

Personal Learning Ledger

In this space between digital portfolios, blockchain, and digital badges, there is a possibility to construct a personal ledger. In personal finance, or accounting, a ledger is a document that identifies an individual’s assets as identified by cash, inventory, and wealth. Through the use of advances in BadgeChain, it may be possible to track individual levels of achievement, and utilize digital credentials in assessment.

In closing

In bits of this post, I got a bit granular trying to discuss things that seem concrete…but are very fluid. We’re still trying to understand this, and things might change.


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W. Ian O'Byrne

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Father. Husband. Digital architect. Professor & Researcher at the College of Charleston.

BadgeChain

An open repository of posts, news, & notes as we explore the intersection of blockchain technologies, learning recognition, and digital credentialing

W. Ian O'Byrne

Written by

Father. Husband. Digital architect. Professor & Researcher at the College of Charleston.

BadgeChain

An open repository of posts, news, & notes as we explore the intersection of blockchain technologies, learning recognition, and digital credentialing

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