Education Working Group

Purpose

The purpose of the Working Group is to identify and provide recommendations on the definition and standardisation of blockchain education, both on an academic and professional level.

Objectives for 2021

The WG has agreed on three objectives around which it will carry out its annual work:
• Build on its report published in February 2021, providing guidance in the educational delivery strategy for blockchain
• Release a quantitative mapping of classical education institutions with blockchain programming across 50 jurisdictions
• Conduct a qualitative mapping of the current institutions by holding interviews with the institutions and evaluate their alignment with the guidelines provided in the report

Outputs for 2021

The Working Group engages in a number of activities aimed at achieving the aforementioned objectives. In February 2021, they released a position paper and convened a follow-up roundtable with seven expert panelists on the topic of blockchain education. They are contributing to a body of work on mapping classical education institutions with blockchain programmes using quantitative as well as qualitative research methods.

Why is it essential?

Blockchain and its application requires expert knowledge in order to ensure its succesful implementation across society.
Knowledge ensures the correct and most suitable application of blockchain. Accordingly, structured educational programs guarentee the delivery of the necessary educational contents and helps prepare the current and future generation of decisionmakers.
Further, any new global technology needs mass adoption and mass adoption can only be generated if ALL participants support global education and education standards.

Organizations such as universities, the European Parliament, NGOs and foundations are running pilots to use blockchain within education. These use cases could have a huge impact within education, which could create mass adoption. The knowledge acquired from these pilots and implemented solutions should be shared with other organizations across the educational market, such that everybody can learn the lessons learned from these initiatives.

Co-chairs

Wim Stalmans

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Margherita Leder

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