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Wednesday, May 20 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
 Democratizing Higher Ed: Blockcerts as Stackable Credentials for High-Impact Learning Experiences   

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Lehigh University has taken a democratizing approach to higher education by expanding and defending the the value of experiential and residential learning wherever it may occur. Lehigh provides blockchain-anchored, summative credentials embedded with micro-credentials. This “stackable credentials” approach offers a learning design model that builds on existing credentialing paradigms to advance formal, publicly-recognizable models for higher education. The pilot implementation currently offers Blockcerts for:
  • Division 1 athletes
  • Students who complete Lehigh’s study abroad programs
  • Students who complete Lehigh’s highly competitive Mountaintop Fellows Institute.

Lehigh’s approach not only embraces formal recognition of expanded paradigms for learning; it anchors those records to the institution while also empowering students to own and share those credentials over their lifetimes in support of self-sovereign identity. Lehigh’s Blockcerts project moves closer to democratizing higher education by moving away from only valuing the diploma and offers a scalable model for other institutions.


Cameron McCoy

Assistant Vice President Office of Economic Development, Lehigh University

Francisco Gomez

Managing Director, Learning Machine

Wednesday May 20, 2020 4:15pm - 5:00pm MDT