The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology’s Blockchain Action Network
Learning and Employment Records Network
This report provides an introduction to blockchain technology and adds context for why blockchain’s attributes may prove useful and effective in a global, technology-driven economy that is dependent on documenting, verifying, and sharing data on individual learning. It summarizes the findings of an intensive research project, particularly focusing on themes of personal data agency and privacy, life-long learning, and the power of stakeholder ecosystems. Delving deeper into distributed ledger technology itself, the report describes specific applications, protocols, and networks and infrastructure. This report reflects the culmination of the first phase of a two-year initiative focused on exploring both the opportunities and the risks of utilizing blockchain to translate skills and educational experiences into a language that individuals—and employers—can use.