UniMelbourne first off the blockchain

RMIT has a new centre to study the blockchain, Monash plans to build a blockchain based cryptocurrency exchange but the University of Melbourne has dived in at the deep-end and started using the system.

PVC Innovation Gregor Kennedy reports the university is issuing “recipient-owned credentials” on a blockchain for its Melbourne Teaching Certificate. UniMelb is using the Learning Machine, an enterprise platform that simplifies anchoring official records to the blockchain. Professor Kennedy stresses the university’s existing credentialing system stays but; “we are also interested in exploring how we can build a more diverse credentialing ecosystem.”

Learning Machine uses Blockcerts, a code it developed with the MIT Media Lab and which is open-source available.


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