Colombian universities use Blockchain technology to award digital badges

Much has been said about the push for virtual education because of the isolation measures to deal with the pandemic. Virtual education is playing an increasingly important role in society, which in recent months has been driven by isolation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, in the education sector this is not the only challenge. However, in the education sector this is not the only challenge. Accreditation of qualifications for students who have completed their careers has presented a total challenge. That is why technologies such as Blockchain are coming to help simplify this type of process. In this sense, some Colombian Universities have been joining this adoption and more at this time in which due to the contagion and spread of Bitcoin Loophole must meet the standards of social isolation and prevention to curb the virus.

The blockchain is a technology that goes beyond the cryptosystems. Its irruption in the fields of education has opened a new era that will impact the way in which university degrees are delivered, and surely in the way in which education is given.

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It is defined as a technology that allows the storage of data in a decentralized network, which allows its validation and transmission in a secure and immediate way, the blockchain became popular with the crypto currencies. However, in recent years it has been gaining ground in the field of digital degrees, as is the case in universities such as MIT.

This study center is joined by some universities in Colombia which are migrating to digital badges precisely because of the COVID-19. This generated that the ceremonies of acts of degrees can not be carried out by preventive and security policies, promoted by the Government of that country.

From diploma to digital badges at graduations

But education has not been the only thing that has been virtualized during the pandemic. In the face of virtual graduations, universities such as El Rosario and Externado provide digital badges to their students, using blockchain technology for security.

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In addition to El Rosario and Externado Universities, the list includes: El Bosque, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, and Universidad de la Costa. These are some of the universities that have adopted this technology. For their part, corporations such as Grupo Bancolombia, Bayer and Colsubsidio are also providing digital badges.

The rector of the Universidad de la Costa, CUC, Tito Crissien told a website that „digital badges with blockchain security is something new in universities and especially in Latin America. In Colombia we are few that are using them, in the country we are 300 institutions of education and I do not believe that we are more than 10 those that already use the badges actively“.

Digital badges are visual and digital representations of an acquired achievement, competence or learning. This will allow those who acquire them to socialize them in networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Whatsapp and to create a professional profile.

Break down barriers between institutions

The interesting thing about all this, besides the adoption of this technology in the area of education, is that with the advance of digital accreditation via blockchain, the era in which university degrees had to be apostilled and validated from country to country or from school to school will be a thing of the past. Now students will be able to learn at different universities and have digital degrees from any university they study at.