Special Issue "AI and Blockchain as New Trigger in the Education Arena"

A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).

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Dr. Maria José Sousa
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Dr. Sónia P. Gonçalves
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Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade de Lisboa, Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas
Interests: human resource management; occupational health psychology; organisational environments; high education pedagogy
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Dr. Francesca Dal Mas
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Department of Management, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
Interests: intellectual capital; knowledge management; strategy; new technologies; healthcare
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Dr. Davide Calandra
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Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain technology application to education has brought forth a new world of possibilities for all the actors in this sector. In this context, this Special Issue aims to discuss new research and trends on all dimensions of AI and Blockchain applied to education.

This Special Issue will provide a global forum for the investigation and reporting of diverse issues that affect the application of AI and Blockchain to education: innovations in the learning processes, new avenues for education managers, and new learning contexts.

Original research contributions are solicited, and authors are invited to contribute with research papers, case studies, and demonstrations that present original scientific results—specifically, case studies about blockchain applications to education, empirical studies in education regarding the use of blockchain technologies, new educational management systems, new evaluation techniques and tools, and AI and blockchain learning best practices.

Dr. Maria José Sousa
Dr. Sónia P. Gonçalves
Dr. Francesca dal Mas
Dr. Davide Calandra
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Keywords

  • AI in education
  • Blockchain in education
  • Public policy for AI and Blockchain uses in education
  • AI and Blockchain impacts in educational actors
  • Blockchain use in educational management systems
  • AI and Blockchain use as a new learning methodology
  • Blockchain trends in education
  • AI trends in education

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AI and Blockchain as New Triggers in the Education Arena
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(4), 445-447; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12040032 - 08 Apr 2022
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Several scholars have examined the potential use of AI and Blockchain in education, primarily focusing on the contributions of such technologies with a goal to improve learning possibilities and outcomes for students [...] Full article
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Applications of Blockchain Technology to Higher Education Arena: A Bibliometric Analysis
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2021, 11(4), 1406-1421; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe11040101 - 10 Nov 2021
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Research related to blockchain is rapidly gaining importance in the higher education. This opportunity collaborates with a proposal for a review of papers on the main blockchain topic. The bibliometric analysis included 61 peer-reviewed articles published in the Scopus database during the period [...] Read more.
Research related to blockchain is rapidly gaining importance in the higher education. This opportunity collaborates with a proposal for a review of papers on the main blockchain topic. The bibliometric analysis included 61 peer-reviewed articles published in the Scopus database during the period of 2016 to 2021. This paper offers the identification of gaps in the literature enabling studies on the subject in higher education. The article identifies the main applications of blockchain technology in higher education around the world, as well as suggests future investigations. For further scientific investigation, we propose the operationalization of each of the researched approaches, especially combining the blockchain relationship, artificial intelligence, digital innovation, digital maturity, and customer experience in higher education. Full article
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Blockchain System in the Higher Education
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2021, 11(1), 276-293; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe11010021 - 16 Mar 2021
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Blockchain has emerged as an important concept at the interface of ICT and higher education. It is a system in which a record of transactions is maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network. Hence, it allows the creation of [...] Read more.
Blockchain has emerged as an important concept at the interface of ICT and higher education. It is a system in which a record of transactions is maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network. Hence, it allows the creation of a decentralized environment, where data are not under the control of any third-party organization. This study presents a Systematic Bibliometric Literature Review (LRSB in further text) of research on blockchain applications in the higher education field. The review integrated 37 articles presenting up-to-date knowledge on current implications pertaining to the use of blockchain technology for improving higher education processes. The LRSB findings indicate that blockchain is being used to build up new interventions to improve the prevailing ways of sharing, delivering and securing knowledge data and personal student records. The application of blockchain technology is carrying on a conceptual progress in the higher education sector where it has added substantial value by ameliorated efficiency, effectiveness, privacy control, technological improvement and security of data management mechanisms. Challenges posed by current literature and further research directions are suggested. Full article
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Blockchain and Higher Education Diplomas
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2021, 11(1), 154-167; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe11010013 - 19 Feb 2021
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Due to added mobility and the increase in international students worldwide, as well as the current problem regarding the counterfeiting of diplomas and the selling of fraudulent certificates, we propose a technological solution. Namely, to ally blockchain technology to higher education certificates and [...] Read more.
Due to added mobility and the increase in international students worldwide, as well as the current problem regarding the counterfeiting of diplomas and the selling of fraudulent certificates, we propose a technological solution. Namely, to ally blockchain technology to higher education certificates and diplomas, to make the process of checking for academic qualifications more facilitated and transparent. Employers of graduates, as well as higher education institutions which evaluate course applicants, would benefit. Perhaps equally as important, students applying for international degree programs would have their lives simplified. There is an increased pressure to ensure the legitimacy and authenticity of certifications and diplomas—and preferably without the current “hassle” of getting diplomas recognized by official entities. New technological advances, with the development of blockchain and smart contracts, with their characteristics of immutability, decentralization, security, traceability, and consensus, may be considered an excellent match to implement a robust and reliable anti-fraud solution to issue digital diplomas. Radical innovations, such as linking blockchain and higher education diplomas, involve significant change and novelty. Linking blockchain and higher education diplomas could potentially positively impact and benefit millions of people worldwide, especially the younger generations. This study involved a literature review and the searching of the Scopus database (refereed publications) for the following concepts: blockchain and diploma. Existing literature is recent, with most articles (25) published between 2019 and 2020, with 4 in 2018 and only 1 in 2017. This was aligned with our expectations since the development of blockchain utilization outside financial and crypto-assets industries is recent, and it is known as “Blockchain 3.0”. We can additionally affirm that the topic is attracting attention and efforts from researchers worldwide and that some higher education institutions have already implemented ad hoc solutions. As it is, the sector lacks a unified response to the problem of automatic and reliable higher education diploma certification. Full article
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