NPO CCC-TIES Vice President and Musashi Academy Director
Seishi Ono is Vice President of NPO CCC-TIES and Director of Musashi Academy of the Nezu Foundation. He is interested in EdTech (education technology) using blockchain in education including online education such as MOOCs. His interests are also the Internet operation technology, the distributed artificial intelligence, the machine learning systems, knowledge-based systems, and knowledge communities.
Professor at the Institute for e-Learning Development
Professor Toshihiro Kita teaches at the Institute for e-Learning Development in the Graduate School of Instructional Systems of Kumamoto University. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from Nagoya university and certified accreditation (research guidance) from his academic advisor for the Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He served as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and associate professor at the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies, both in Kumamoto University. His interests include e-learning systems, nonlinear systems and electronic music.
Education and Blockchain
Blockchain first appeared in a paper by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 as a fundamental technology required for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, thereafter becoming a darling in the field of FinTech (financial technology). After another cryptocurrency (the open-source Ethereum) had succeeded in integrating smart contract functionality with instruction sets close to “Turing-complete”, the scope of blockchain technology spread and it was then not limited to FinTech Research and development, but was being promoted in various other fields.
In the field of education, issuing of graduation certificates that are almost impossible to tamper with due to the high security inherent in blockchain technology, has already taken place. In the next stage, learning itself may be reformed via blockchain technology.
In this presentation, we introduce the latest information in the field of education where blockchain technology is being used and introduce research into the CHiLO Chain, a next generation education system the NPO CCC - TIES is working on.