With the interruption of the  traditional learning model this spring, many students, from all over the world, have been removed from their classrooms - and the situation can remain indefinitely this way, thanks to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The pandemic, which closed schools around the world, forced them to adopt measures of social distance, placing barriers between students and their teachers.

As a result, many schools are adopting online learning methods, connecting instructors and students through online chats, lesson plans and interactive applications.

The lockdown forces many teachers and students to adapt to new technologies, while school and districts are forced to deal with hardware difficulties and unequal access to the Internet. In general, this new period shows that education can continue outside the traditional classroom and that part of the population is already able to do so.

Decentralized certificates

Much more than just attending classes on the small screen, blockchain technology can also help to build an on-chain verified student transcript. Imagine if the certificate of completion was decentralized, as a student's digital property, that could be easily verified. This applies to various documents, such as educational diplomas, certificates, credentials at institutions, workshops, online classes and other learning scenarios.

All courses and qualifications that the student receives - from micro-courses at work to undergraduate modules - recorded in a single immutable, easily accessible and verifiable history.

This idea is not new, but the concept can gain significant space after the coronavirus. At a South Korean university, this has already happened. Graduation certificates are being issued on the blockchain, as an alternative to traditional ones due to quarantine.

Here at CapBlog, we had already failed with Catalonia's plans to adopt a digital identity, based on a project called IdentiCAT. Undoubtedly, if this is achieved, the next step may be to include the student's history with the description of the student's profile, including also their educational certifications, fines, cost cuts and facilitating processes that were previously unthinkable.