The chat started off by defining blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Etherium. Some kept their definitions simple, such as “a distributed database,” from Trish Briere.

Others were a bit more whimsical. Bryan Fendley called blockchain “something we can’t ignore,” and Paul Wilson, a “daisy chain digitalized.” Taylor Kendal brought in the technology’s grand possibilities: “A digitized, decentralized, public ledger that represents the next phase of human potential.” Other guests shared resources to provide more thorough definitions of the technology.

For folks who need an introduction to blockchain we recommend starting with the video in this EdSurge article from our blockchain meetup in Berkeley. For those who want to continue down the rabbit hole, check out this comprehensive list Bethany Bovard put together for #DLNchat.

Matt Meador and many others were excited by this idea of decentralizing the traditional owners of learning validation, that being higher education institutions themselves. But special guest Stephen diFilipo recommended, “If you want quicker adoption of digital credentials then focus on certificates and non-credit systems.” He also added, “I wonder if the constraints on an accredited institution will slow down adoption.” Clay Forsberg furthered the thought: “Simply by acknowledging these “outlying” types of learning vehicles – we give them credibility.

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