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牛津大学教授计划推出全球首个区块链大学

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牛津大学教授计划推出全球首个区块链大学

近日有报道称,几位牛津大学教授正计划在欧盟国家内寻求建立全球首个“区块链大学”学位授予权。

这个名叫Woolf Development的学者团队由牛津大学哲学系Joshua Broggi教授领导。他们认为,区块链技术和智能合约可以帮助促进传统高等教育结构的民主化。

拟提议的“区块链大学”将采用传统的Oxbridge课程和大学结构,重点关注单独的教程引导模块,这些模块可供学生在线或离线使用。该项目设计希望消除高等教育的地理边界,帮助人们视线无国界的学术交流。

Woolf的白皮书表明,基于区块链技术构建的大学可以解决当前影响全球各地大学的诸多问题,包括对学生收取高昂的学费、冗杂的官僚作风以及繁琐的行政管理成本,以及教学岗位不稳定和不足。

正如白皮书所概述的那样,区块链的不可篡改的特性可以阻止学生伪造他们的学习记录,并通过智能合约将学生的出勤、学分和学术论文提交等过程实现自动化。

Woolf的第一所大学Ambrose学院将于2018年秋季问世。建议费用为每个教程400美元,或者“奖学金前每年19200美元”。

一个完全预制的符合ERC20标准的本地化Woolf通证将用于发挥教师薪酬、大学预算、项目开发以及对平台治理的投票等多种功能。

据了解,区块链已经对高等教育的实质产生了重大影响,许多领先的国际大学已经开始提供区块链、智能合约和加密货币相关的课程。比如,剑桥大学等机构对加密金融领域进行了大量研究,瑞士Lucerne大学甚至接受比特币进行支付学费。

 

A group of Oxford professors are seeking full-degree granting powers in the EU for the world’s first “blockchain university”, according to an email shared with Cointelegraph today, June 14.

According to the team of academics behind Woolf Development, led by Joshua Broggi from the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford, blockchain tech and smart contracts can help democratize the traditional structure of higher education.

The proposed “blockchain university” will adopt the traditional Oxbridge course and collegiate structure by focusing on individual tutorial-led modules that will be available to students either on- or offline. The project’s design is “geographically agnostic,” prioritizing a “borderless” academic community over local or national ties.

Woolf’s whitepaper suggests that a blockchain-powered university can address many of the issues currently affecting universities worldwide, including sky-high tuition fees for students, cumbersome bureaucracy and administration costs, and precarious and underpaid academic teaching posts.

As the whitepaper outlines, the immutability of blockchain can function to prevent students from falsifying their academic records, with smart contracts automating students’ attendance, credits and academic paper submissions.

Woolf’s first college, Ambrose, is set to launch in fall 2018. The proposed fees are set to $400 per tutorial, or $19,200 per year “before scholarships.”

A native, fully pre-mined and ERC20-compliant WOOLF token will be used for a wide range of functions, including tuition custodianship, the university budget, internal project developments, and in university governance (voting will be free, but proposing a vote carries a cost as an anti-spamming measure).

Blockchain has already made a significant impact on the content, if not yet the structure, of higher education, with many leading international universities offering blockchain, smart contract, and cryptocurrency-related courses. Institutions such as Cambridge University have conducted substantial research into the crypto-finance field, and Swiss university Lucerne even accepts Bitcoin payments for tuition fees.


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