Blockchain has become a popular topic last decade and The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) has been at the forefront when it comes to teaching this subject within The Netherlands. We currently walk two routes: (1) we provide innovative courses like the Blockchain Minor; and (2) we are building a blockchain based education infrastructure called KOIOS.
KOIOS is initiated by research group New Finance. It is a platform that harbours tools that connect and opens up the strong foundations of the educational sector, enabling the powerful combination of centuries of experience and reputation from universities with strengths of fast moving open source technologies. Other than our vision of enabling and empowering lifelong learning, such an infrastructure might be needed to deal with developments THUAS and other traditional (international) educational institutes currently face. Examples of such developments are: 1) increasing innovation of educational content outside traditional educational institutes; 2) changing demands of learners and increased flexibility of education outside traditional education institutes; and 3) increasing availability of free or low cost education and the rise of new funding models of education.
So instead of fighting the Digital Commons, we decided to join forces with them: our long-term plan is to realize a blockchain-based education infrastructure, openly accessible to anyone in the world. An “open learning infrastructure”, allowing actors in "Glocal learning communities" to openly share, learn, earn and connect with each other. Other than the obvious synergy benefits, think more user friendly data developments like reputation systems based on personal badges, micro-payments with cryptocurrencies, true data ownership and the incorporation of game theory elements which stimulate individual investments that lead to collective returns.
We strongly believe that by using these new technologies we facilitate and enable new ways of sharing knowledge and we can empower flexible lifelong learning for individuals. Via increased connections and access to an open network of learning environments, individuals can accelerate and excel in their different talents and roles. Such an open infrastructure, available for all, enables people to work on their future and improve their world for themselves, their environment and society.
Our mission: education as an open "Common". Within reach for everyone, everywhere. Let’s change. You. Us. The World.