Recognising Achievement with Badges and Blockchain in a Connectivist MOOC




MOOC, cMOOC, badge, blockchain, Webmention, RSS, decentralised, eLearning, educational technology


While previous work has recognized the potential for open badges and blockchain to play a role in online courses, this potential has yet to be realized in a fully decentralized cMOOC. This paper describes the design objectives of an application that integrates open badges and blockchain with a cMOOC. The work described was undertaken during the offering on an online course, and thus development took place in an actual course context with interaction with course participants. The full workflow from course content to storage on the blockchain is described, and some concluding comments are offered on the results of this course, and the potential for future applications.

Author Biography

Stephen Downes, National Research Council Canada

Researcher, Digital Technologies Research Centre


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How to Cite

Downes, S. (2019). Recognising Achievement with Badges and Blockchain in a Connectivist MOOC. Journal of Learning for Development, 6(3).



Reports from the Field
Received 2019-05-16
Accepted 2019-10-02
Published 2019-11-19