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Our education system is broken.  One-size-fits-all curriculums can not meet the goals of educating every type of student to maximum potential. Many teachers are limited in their approaches and do not have the ability to scale their educational programs efficiently while maintaining an income.

Although I am not a professional educator, I have experienced many forms of education including public K-12 schooling, afterschool programs, private universities at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and ongoing education in the form of self-directed online courses and intensive certification programs.

Through my experiences, I have found that each student learns in a different way. Educators may become frustrated with the limitations of the current system including lack of time, resources, or in some cases a legal way to work outside a standard curriculum.

Employers and higher education institutions are looking for ways to verify that there is no fraud when reviewing student records.

Interests and Incentives for A Blockchain Educational System

The original Bitcoin whitepaper, written by Satoshi Nakamoto, described the technical implementation of Bitcoin, a digital peer-to-peer currency. Beyond the technical descriptors and more importantly, Satoshi’s whitepaper described a framework for behavioral and financial incentives which ensure the propagation, ongoing usage, and maintenance of a fully decentralized monetary system.

I believe the prerequisite task for solving a large problem with the blockchain is to work through the incentive structure. When looking at incentives for an educational system on the blockchain, we need to first define the participants and then work through an incentivization structure that is a win-win-win for all parties involved.

Defining the Triad of Participants in a Blockchain Education Solution

I propose that an initial solution for blockchain-based education system has 3 types of participants which closely resemble the current reality of education: Students, Certification Bodies, and Educators.

Some participant variations may include:

Students

  • Professional and Ongoing Education
  • Skill based trade workers
  • K-12 Students (tutor seeking)

Testing and Certification Bodies

  • Traditional Educational Institutions
  • Trade Schools
  • Certification Program a la Global Blockchain Alliance
  • Online-centric learning platforms

Educators

  • Individual Teachers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Online Course Providers
  • Artificial Intelligence or programmatic curriculums

Simple Use Case For Illustration

I provide the following simplified example, followed by related governance and incentive mechanisms:

Posting of Certification and Student Registration

Global Blockchain Association posts a certification opportunity to the blockchain. A student would find the opportunity, apply , and commit to the posted certification and associated deadlines. The certification body would then approve of the student’s registration. The student would then have this certification as the achievement that they can take to a marketplace of potential educators.

Student / Educator Matching and Bounty System

The student would then offer a financial bounty to the education marketplace, which would be reviewable by a pool of potential educators. Educators would submit proposals to the bounty which would then be reviewed by the student.  Once a bounty is accepted by both the student and educator, the bounty funds would sit in an escrow smart contract during the learning process to be released upon certification success (or failure).

Customized Learning Process Toward Certification Goals

The student and educator would then independently begin the learning process together, with a goal of learning the material well enough to confidently pass certification testing.

Test Taking, Certification, and Bounty Fulfillment

After studying under the leadership of the educator based on the educator’s proposal, the student would take the test and the results would stored immutably the blockchain. A passing grade on the test leads to automatic certification awarded in real-time to the test taker’s blockchain address. Upon passing certification award, the escrowed bounty would be released to the educator.

 

Governance and Incentives

Governance of the testing protocol and mechanisms would be determined outside of the blockchain by the Certification and Testing entity. The entity could force test takers to perform testing at a secure, monitored testing location to avoid cheating. The entity could also outline parameters of certifications, limitations, and timelines in a smart contract published immutably to the blockchain.

Educators could build reputation and performance metrics in a number of ways, including certification completion percentage as well as other objective measurements  and even subjective student ratings. At the most basic level, the educator would be incentivized to successfully educate students in the topic provided in order to earn financial bounties. The educators would also be incentivized to educate the student in the most effective manner for their specific students to increase chances of success, decrease risk of failure, and increase speed of the educational process in order to profitably scale the curriculum to more students. Also, educators would understand that the results of their training would be stored permanently on the blockchain and their performance could be instantly verified by anyone in real-time.

Students would be incentivized by having a pool of educators and bounty proposals from which to choose. Students would be free to choose proposals that best fit their learning style along with other factors they value ,and would also be incentivized to pass tests in order to advance their education in a timely fashion.

Students should also understand that the incentives of educators are in the best interest of both parties to achieve the certification goals. As a result of certifications being published to an immutable blockchain, students would also have a real-time proof and verification of their certification to share with potential employers or other educational institutions.

Conclusion

This essay outlines my initial thoughts on a simple blockchain-based educational bounty system that aims to incentivize and reward all participants in the educational process. A blockchain solution is necessary to provide the mechanisms for verification, financial transactions, and trustless interactions in a marketplace of certifications, students, and educators.

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Washington D.C. – March 31, 2018Gavenraj Sodhi has been selected as Chairman of the Government Blockchain Association Early Education Working Group and will present on advances being made in Early Education on the Blockchain, within public and private sectors at the upcoming Early Education Working Group Session to be held at the Government Blockchain Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. from May 1- 2, 2018.  Gavenraj Sodhi, CEO and Global Envisioneer of 7 Senses Labs Holdings Limited and the Solbit Group, will represent as Chairman of the Early Education Working Group of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) that has over 3,000 private and public-sector members globally.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as Chairman of the Early Education Working Group with the Government Blockchain Association.  We strive to bring Blockchain into the mainstream as part of an integrated framework that solution providers can use to develop solutions enabling educators to share lessons within, earn a reputation and an income while engaging in an intuitive, secure, and imputable experience to offer educational experiences to students globally and many of which need it most,” said Gavenraj Sodhi, CEO of Solbit Group.

The Early Education Working Group provides a forum where Public and Private education experts globally may adopt, develop, and offer solutions technologically.  Our intent is to offer a forum for defining, developing, and deploying ideas and frameworks (centralized, decentralized, and hybrid models) for a variety of use cases for educators, experts, creators, and students.

Smart Contracts templates and examples may be defined, designed, developed and shared that individuals and groups may leverage for testing and implementing and re-contributing to this working group. Smart Contracts are used for the purpose of digitally facilitating, verifying, and/or enforcing the negotiation or performance of a contract between multiple parties or groups of individuals.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to enable the industry to create Blockchain-enabled solutions for transforming the education industry from one of the industrial age where you learned to find a job in a factory setting to an outcome-based one that adapts to your interests and strengths. Early Education content may be co-created by educators, experts, and creators (who will create the assets educators will use), to ultimately offer an experience that would resonate with the end-users (whether child or adult).  Our vision is to make the experience transparent for the actual end-user in respect to the exact technology involved and offer experiences that are decentralized and available to everyone, secure as well and ensures utmost privacy to the user, and creating accountability to the co-creators involved thus providing for reputation creation, income development, and an outcome that provides the student for a life well-lived.

Gavenraj will present at the upcoming Early Education Working Group Session to be held at the Government Blockchain Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. from May 1- 2, 2018. The topic of this year’s Government Blockchain Leadership Forum is Real-World Strategies to Implement Digital Transformation in the Public Sector.  Gavenraj will address advances being made in Early Education on the Blockchain, within the public and private sectors.

About Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) is an International Professional Association and a US-based non-profit, membership organization that consists of individuals and organizations that are interested in promoting Blockchain related solutions to government requirements. Membership is available to civil servants for free.  Membership is also available to private sector, professionals, and corporations for a nominal fee.  GBA creates relationships that would otherwise not come about – between and among technologists, public policy makers, application specialists and those who simply need to understand the new and emerging digital currencies that will change the world. GBA will act as a catalyst in creating a public dialog around the creative, profitable and positive leveraging of Blockchain.  For more information visit www.gbaglobal.org

About Solbit Group

Solbit Group is a group of companies integrating years of neuroscience research and education expertise for outcome-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning using musical beats and forms of AI including voice recognition on interactive devices.  In partnership with Chinese Public and Private sector and Government organizations globally, 7 Senses Labs Holdings Limited develops the Solbit Educational Companion to deliver STEAM-based learning and integrates with Guwoo.io which is a Blockchain solution for Educators / Creators to develop outcome-based lessons and a channel for Children to learn.   Alongside educators, creators, music organizations, educational institutions, distributors, we are developing and delivering a transformational, adaptive, and intelligent learning experience to children.  For more information, please visit http://www.guwoo.io


Contacts

Gerard Daché
President, Government Blockchain Association
Gerard.Dache@gbaglobal.org

 
Chris Michael England
COO, Solbit Group
Chrismichael@7senseslabs.com

As part of the requisites to finish the GBA certification, students must select a working group, identify a problem and propose a possible blockchain solution to it. I decided to work with the “education and training” work group because a few years back I dedicated my master’s dissertation to explore potential solutions to the weaknesses in the current educational system, and I’m very curious how technology can play a role in those solutions.

For the purpose of this exercise I have identified two issues in the education system.

  1. The first, related to students wanting . . .

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