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4 Promising and Ambitious Blockchain Initiatives for Higher Education

Published: 20 November 2018

ID: G00354963

Analyst(s): Terri-Lynn Thayer


Higher education has mounting interest in blockchain initiatives with a number of vendors and institutions experimenting with a wide variety of use cases. CIOs should balance a near-term focus on practical use cases with a responsible curiosity about the long-term transformative potential.

Table Of Contents


  • Part 1: Blockchain Record-Keeping Use Cases
    • Blockchain as the Foundation of a New Digital Credentials infrastructure
    • Blockchain Solutions for Intellectual Property Management
  • Part 2: Blockchain Efficiency Play Use Cases
    • Streamlining Diploma Verification
    • Creating a Virtual Lifetime Transcript
  • Part 3: Blockchain Digital Asset Market Use Cases
    • Blockchain for Student Payments
    • Blockchain Tokenized Educational Rewards
  • Part 4: Blockchain as a Disruptor Use Cases
    • Blockchain as an Education Platform
    • Using Blockchain for Academic Publishing
  • Challenges, Implications and Recommendations
    • Challenges
    • Implications for Higher Education
    • Recommendations

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