Olga Yurlova H818 "The networked practitioner"

"I know that I know nothing" Socrates, the Greek philosopher

Inclusion and diversity in blockchain education

The Open University H818 online conference finished. It was a nervous but excellent experience of presentation! Thanks a lot the tutors, presenters and all participants! I’ll never forget my first online conference!

For the first time in my life…

Happy to answer your questions regarding my presentation on the OU H818 The Networked Practitioner online conference (http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/OU-H818/): – Can you say more about how peer review (esp assessment for credit) can be supported through blockchain tech? Thanks for this question – I got to admit, this case of using the blockchain technology stayed out […]

Welcome to the H818 Online Conference resource

About Project “Inclusion and Diversity in Blockchain Education.”

Title:Inclusion and diversity of blockchain education.”

Focus: Using open learning resource as an instrument for researching and implementing the forms of the inclusive and diverse approaches to the open scholarship in blockchain education.

Conference abstract.

The objective of the project “Inclusion and diversity in blockchain education” is to develop open learning resource, called “BlockchainFreak game”, which serves as an instrument for investigating an inclusion in blockchain education.

What do we know about blockchain?

Blockchain is a modern digital technology, defined as a decentralised, distributed ledger that records the provenance of a digital asset. Blockchain technology has the potential for many use cases, applicable to a multitude of industries like finance, supply chain management, healthcare, education and many others. This requires consideration of both technology and the talent required to use it.

How to learn to use Blockchain in real life?

Education and training must be the driving factor behind addressing blockchain technology integration.

Blockchain is a very young industry, and there are not many ways to get an education in this field. Most of them are intended for the IT-specialists and require very strong skills in program languages. That is if we are talking about how blockchain works and how to develop blockchain software. However, if we are talking about the integration of blockchain technology in our life, it would be more relevant to educate how we can use the blockchain technologies in business and private life.

People need to be openly educated in the new digital technology, such as blockchain because they have a right to be inclusive in new technology, to be informed about it, to get benefits of it, to have possibilities to accept or to cancel from that.

How to make the blockchain education inclusive and diverse?

The most efficient way to educate people is an open scholarship. The inclusive open scholarship implies the openness, accessibility and democratisation of the whole cycle of education, including the production of the open learning resources, sharing it and getting peer reviews.

Open access, open education and network participation (Kimmons, 2012) – how can we apply these major forms of an inclusive approach to open scholarship in blockchain education?

Open access assumes free access to all new information, researches, articles and conference materials for all people in independent of gender, education or disability.  In the context of blockchain education, the open access means the ability for all participators to get actual knowledge at any time. 

Open education in blockchain field must be able in diverse forms for all people and should not exclude any group. It can be presented as an open learning resource about blockchain as well as in the form of educational platform, educational repositories, blog or group in the public networks.

Several target groups would be beneficiaries of blockchain education:

  • Representatives of industries;
  • Academics;
  • Institutional investors;
  • government organisations and regulators;
  • consumers.

The public networks can be effectively used for the distribution of the open learning resources about blockchain among the beneficiaries.


Kimmons, G. V. a. R., 2012. View of Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.. [Online]
Available at: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1313/2304
[Accessed 18 11 2019].

What is blockchain? diversity? inclusion?

What is blockchain?

Diversity in Blockchain


Project in progress…



2 thoughts on “Inclusion and diversity in blockchain education

  1. Hi Olga

    Here are the questions and comments from your conference presentation – please respond in whatever way you wish!

    Best wishes

    – Can you say more about how peer review (esp assessment for credit) can be supported through blockchain tech?
    – Is it connected with Intellectual proprty rights? (in academic setting)
    – are there certain contexts in which blockchain is more appropriate?
    – Well done Olga – a difficult technical subject and you did really well.
    – question of level ofskill needed by different beneficieres
    – Is it different from 5Rs of OER by David Willey?
    – In changing context blockchain might be threat if you have the data the way voting is done and who voted for that. (Considering teh vested interest group in recent democracy.)
    – also that if you have collective, peer review, this could be validation of achievement as much as a teacher’s assessment


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