An exciting outcome from the original My Skills project is that the SQA, APPII and the City of Glasgow College are planning a live trial to issue digital SQA certificates to graduates of the College. We are working on a phased roadmap to allow us to explore the kind of technical and cultural issues that we uncovered in the original project. We will issue updated on our progress on this web site.
The Final Outputs of the My Skills Project – the White Paper and the Generic Model – have been completed and published on the project web site as downloadable PDFs – here’s the link. It’s been a lot of work and has led us into some wide-ranging discussions about the certification of vocational learning with and without blockchain. Our project partner APPII is hoping to initiate a trial with a UK awarding body this year – watch this space for further news!
This set of stills illustrates the manual integration of a blockchain based digital certification system into an awarding body’s business processes. There are a range of possible integrations available from manual, semi auto all the way to automatic issuing of digital certificates to learners in cohorts (that would be the desired goal). All this is underpinned by the biometric identification of the user – to see the full story please read our white paper at https://myskills.org.uk/my-skills-blockchain-white-paper/
This screen movie demonstrates the verification of an SQA qualification manually in the test environment of the APPII blockchain system. Behind the scenes it uses processes and information that are closely similar to the way existing requests for a replacement paper certificate are handled.
This represents the first stage of integration between APPII and awarding body qualification system – a manual operation. There are a range of levels of integration available from semi-automatic to fully automatic issuing of digital certificates to cohorts of students.
After quite a bit of work, the draft White Paper has been published. You can find it here. The next steps are to gather feedback and create a final version before creating the generic model for the adoption of digital certificates.
So far, the project has been fascinating to work on – turning up a lot of ‘unexpected outcomes’.