Special Issue "Blockchain as a New Trigger in the Education Arena"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria José Sousa
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Political Science and Public Policies, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: public policy; innovation; higher education; intellectual capital
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Dr. Sónia P. Gonçalves
Guest Editor
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
Dr. Francesca Dal Mas
Guest Editor
Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
Interests: intellectual capital; knowledge management; strategy; new technologies; healthcare
Mr. Davide Calandra
Guest Editor Assistant
Department of Management, University of Turin, Italy
Interests: blockchain; accounting; data quality; healthcare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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 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 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 blockchain learning best practices.

Dr. Maria José Sousa
Dr. Sónia P. Gonçalves
Dr. Francesca Dal Mas
Mr. Davide Calandra
Guest Editors


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

Published Papers

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