As demand for online education grew, the technological capacity to facilitate this demand had grown as well. New innovations, methods and business model are constantly being implemented in the online education segment. In particular, blockchain technology could offer several significant solutions to this segment. For example, according to a report by Forbes, having a blockchain-based system to record the accreditation, track the changes over time, and enable the instantaneous verification of credentials and degrees would help increase transparency, and trust.
At its core, the problem blockchain seeks to address is to ensure the security and integrity of information at a time when there is increasing concerns about data privacy and declining trust in government. It is a technology that allows one to record assets, transfer value, and track transactions in a decentralized manner, ensuring the transparency, integrity, and traceability of data without a central authority to authenticate the information. It is essentially a system to encrypt information and a shared database. It is based on a consensus mechanism amongst trusted parties to certify the information and validate transactions.