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Workshop 1: Decentralising Education Using Blockchain Technology
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Alexander Mikroyannidis, The Open University, UK
Abstract: The emergence of Blockchain technology promises to decentralise and revolutionise not only the financial world, but also education in various ways. Blockchain technology offers opportunities to thoroughly rethink how we find educational content and tutoring services online, how we register and pay for them, as well as how we get accredited for what we have learned and how this accreditation affects our career trajectory.
Presenter: Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis is a Research Fellow in the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University, UK. He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from Manchester Business School, an M.Phil. in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and a B.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Dr. Mikroyannidis has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning and specifically in personalized learning, self-regulated learning, lifelong learning, open educational resources and rich interactive learning materials, as well as applications of blockchain technology in education. He is the author of over 100 articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and books. The work of Dr. Mikroyannidis has led to strategic partnerships with key technological companies, most notably with Cisco and its global educational network, the Cisco Networking Academy, which has over 1 million students worldwide. Within this partnership, Dr. Mikroyannidis is in charge of the design, development and deployment of PT Anywhere, a novel educational tool for teaching computer networking skills by performing network simulations on any device. PT Anywhere is currently featured in the UK government’s Digital Skills Toolkit, which is preparing the UK for the post-COVID economy, by offering essential digital skills to job seekers and furloughed workers.