King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has partnered with Learning Machine Technologies to
begin issuing Blockcerts. blockchain-anchored credentials.
Digital diplomas were issued to all KAUST
students graduating in December 2018. Recipients
receive, store, and share their digital diplomas via
their Blockcerts Wallet, a free mobile app; they
may share their Blockcerts with any employer,
government, or educational institution in the
world for immediate verification.
The University of Bahrain in Zallaq also will
be partnering with Learning Machine to issue
digital diplomas anchored to blockchain using
the Blockcerts open standards. The school
plans to start using Blockcerts with postgraduate
programs and eventually expand to undergraduate
Wharton Online, the digital learning platform
of the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has earned
Accredited Provider status from the International
Association for Continuing Education and Training
(IACET). This accreditation allows Wharton to offer
certified Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to
adult learners. As of December 1, 2018, all Wharton
Online learners who complete courses can receive
digital badges through Credly; they will be able to
share badges through resumes, personal websites,
and social media.
In January, Harvard Business School in Boston,
Massachusetts. announced that it would rename
its online education initiative formerly called HBX.
The school has changed the name of the initiative
to Harvard Business School Online. According to
Patrick Mullane. executive director of the program,
the objective of the change is to reach more students
and to more clearly link the online program
to the business school's brand.