6 questions with Prof. John Domingue, Director | Professor of Computer Science at Knowledge Media Institute

By: James Bourne

19, March, 2019


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Could you define what your job role details and your day to day routine?

I am the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) and a Professor of Computer Science at the Open University. KMi acts as a corporate R&D lab provide innovative new technologies for the OU to teaching its 173,000 students.

How is your organisation applying blockchain?

We are applying blockchain in a number of areas. The main one is in digital certification. With blockchain micro-accreditation, such as Open Badges, we can begin support seamless learning journeys between industry and academic whilst giving learners complete control of their learning records.

What were the biggest challenges in using this technology?

Usability: the overwhelming majority of existing platforms and tools are aimed at developers whereas we are targeting students who may have little or no background in IT.

What can we expect from company in the next 12 months?

We will continue exploring, piloting and deploying in a variety of learning scenarios. We have a blockchain badge plugin for the OU’s Virtual Learning Environment (based on Moodle) which will go live in March.

What can we expect from blockchain in the next 12 months?

Increased deployment in a wide range of scenarios. Increased recognition of how blockchains can help solve the problems associated with the over centralization of data on the Web.

What are you most looking forward to at the show?

Networking and discussing ideas with the lead innovators in this space.

Prof. John Domingue will be speaking at Blockchain Expo Global on the Blockchain Solutions for Enterprise stage.