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Investigating the Requirements for Building a Blockchain-Based Achievement Record System

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bakri Awaji, Dr Ellis SolaimanORCiD, Emeritus Professor Lindsay MarshallORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM, 2020.

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A trusted achievement record is a secure system that aims to record and authenticate certificates as well as key learning activities and achievements. This paper intends to gather important information on the thoughts and outlooks of stakeholders on an achievement record system that uses blockchain and smart contract technology. The system would allow stakeholders (for example employers) to validate learning records. Two main aims are investigated. The first is to evaluate the suitability of the idea of building a trusted achievement record for learners in higher education, and to evaluate potential user knowledge of blockchain technology. This is to ensure that a designed system is usable. The second aim includes an interview conducted with a small group of participants to gather information about the challenges individuals have when creating, and reviewing CVs. Overall, 90% of participants agreed that there was a strong need for a trusted achievement record. In addition, 93.64% of respondents stated that they felt it was invaluable to have a system that is usable by all stakeholders. When tackling the second aim it was found that a primary challenge is lack of knowledge of blockchain and its complexity. From the employers’ perspective, there is a lack of trust due to inaccuracies when students describe skills and qualifications in their resumes.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Awaji B, Solaiman E, Marshall L

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 5th International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI 2020)

Year of Conference: 2020

Pages: 56-60

Online publication date: 26/07/2020

Acceptance date: 09/06/2020

Date deposited: 25/06/2020

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3411681.3411691

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450375757