Keynote and Special Track at eLmL 2020

The 12th International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2020) took place online on November 21-25, 2020. eLmL is bringing together federated views on mobile learning, hybrid learning and online learning. The conference is dedicated to educators, eLearning experts, and students to exchange their ideas, experiences and lessons learned in different facets of modern learning.

Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) delivered a keynote entitled “Emerging Technologies and Paradigms in Education”. In his talk, Alexander discussed emerging paradigms in education, notably decentralised education, practical education and social education, as well as the technologies driving these paradigms. Alexander’s keynote featured the outcomes and lessons learned from a variety of recent research initiatives, including QualiChainOpen BlockchainInstitute of CodingOpen Networking Lab and more. The slides of the keynote are available here.

Additionally, Alexander organised a QualiChain special tack entitled “Decentralised Qualifications on the Blockchain”. The special track investigates the creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications. The submissions received from QualiChain project partners address a wide range of educational and employment use cases and applications of Blockchain technology:

Introduction
Alexander Mikroyannidis
presentation slides / editorial / video

Exploring Blockchain for Public Sector Recruitment
Konstantinos Siassiakos, Foteini Bompoti, Thanos Papaioannou, Kalliopi Stagka, Panagiotis Zarafidis, Anna Pavli
video / full article in Thinkmind Digital Library

Blockchain Applications in Education: A Case Study in Lifelong Learning
Alexander Mikroyannidis
presentation slides / video / full article in Thinkmind Digital Library

Using Blockchain, Semantics and Data Analytics to Optimise Qualification Certification, Recruitment and Competency Management: a Landscape Review
Christos Kontzinos, Ourania Markaki, Panagiotis Kokkinakos, Vagelis Karakolis, Stavros Skalidakis, John Psarras
presentation slides / video / full article in Thinkmind Digital Library

Decentralised Qualifications’ Verification and Management for Learner Empowerment, Education Reengineering and Public Sector Transformation: The QualiChain project
Christos Kontzinos, Ourania Markaki, Panagiotis Kokkinakos, Vagelis Karakolis, Stavros Skalidakis, John Psarras
presentation slides / video / full article in Thinkmind Digital Library

Towards A Blockchain-based Decentralised Educational Landscape
Niaz Chowdhury, Manoharan Ramachandran, Allan Third, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Michelle Bachler, John Domingue
presentation slides / video / full article in Thinkmind Digital Library

Digital Transformation of Education Credential Processes and Life Cycles – A Structured Overview on Main Challenges and Research Questions
Ingo R. Keck, Maria-Esther Vidal, Lambert Heller
presentation slides / video / full article in Thinkmind Digital Library

Watch the recordings of the special track presentations: