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MIT Introduces Digital Diplomas

VU International News and Reviews No. 100 October 30 2017

October 2017

From InsideHigherEd

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering some students the option to be awarded tamper-free digital degree certificates when they graduate, in partnership with Learning Machine. Selected students can now choose to download a digital version of their degree certificate to their smartphones when they graduate, in addition to receiving a paper diploma.

Using a free, open-source app called Blockcerts Wallet, students can quickly access a digital diploma that can be shared on social media and verified by employers to ensure its authenticity. The digital credential is protected using blockchain technology. The blockchain is a public ledger that offers a secure way of making and recording transactions and is best known as the underlying technology of digital currency Bitcoin.

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