[Open-education] 2nd CFP: eLmL 2020 Special Track - Decentralised Qualifications on the Blockchain

Alexander.Mikroyannidis alexander.mikroyannidis at open.ac.uk
Fri Nov 15 14:44:34 UTC 2019

Special Track
QualiChain: Decentralised Qualifications on the Blockchain

In conjunction with:
eLmL 2020, The Twelfth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning https://www.iaria.org/conferences2020/eLmL20.html 
March 22-26, 2020 - Valencia, Spain

*** Please note that this event has been relocated to Valencia, Spain ***

The emergence of the Blockchain promises to revolutionise not only the financial world, but also education in various ways. Blockchain technology offers a decentralised peer-to-peer infrastructure, where privacy, secure archiving, consensual ownership, transparency, accountability, identity management and trust are built-in, both at the software and infrastructure levels. This technology offers opportunities to thoroughly rethink how we find educational content and tutoring services online, how we register and pay for them, as well as how we get accredited for what we have learned and how this accreditation affects our career trajectory.

The QualiChain (https://qualichain-project.eu) research and innovation project focuses on the assessment of the technical, political, socio-economic, legal and cultural impact of decentralised solutions on education. QualiChain is targeting four key areas for exploring the impact of decentralised solutions on education: (i) lifelong learning; (ii) smart curriculum design; (iii) staffing the public sector; (iv) providing HR consultancy and competency management services.

This special track will investigate the creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications and will focus on the assessment of the potential of blockchain technology, algorithmic techniques and computational intelligence for disrupting the domain of public education, as well as its interfaces with private education, the labour market, public sector administrative procedures and the wider socio-economic developments.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
Decentralised qualifications
Decentralised ePortfolios
Decentralised tutoring
Lifelong learning
Smart curriculum design
Professional recruitment
Public administration recruitment
Career counselling
Intelligent profiling
Competency management
Evaluation of blockchain technology
Blockchain semantics

Important dates:
Submission: January 27, 2020
Notification: February 16, 2020
Registration: February 26, 2020
Camera ready: February 26, 2020

More details and submission guidelines can be found here: https://www.iaria.org/conferences2020/fileseLmL20/QualiChain.pdf

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