A few months ago, I came across http://www.Teachur.co
– a blockchain-based venture with an intriguing business model.
It is offering a platform for course providers to convert their online learning resources into fine-grained modules, available for free to anyone in the world.
Each module, however, comes with built-in tests to confirm understanding.
If a learner wishes to obtain a blockchain registered certification of understanding for a granular learning objective, an online payment flows back to the course creator.
The Teachur ecosystem of course creators is essentially free to join – and each course creating partner has the freedom to readily integrate the free learning modules created by other providers. If they do so, however, any royalties earned by the quiz/certification attached to the module automatically flow to the content originator.
Teachur has arranged with IBM Watson a system to deter cheating on quizzes. Watson picks up unique patterns when people keyboard their answers to online quizzes. These patterns are compared with those made by the person who originally registered with Teachur. In this way, the validity of each blockchain-registered certifications can be safeguarded.
If Livecode University were to make its content freely available to the world, while setting up fine-grained tests to confirm understanding of the embedded learning objectives, this might simultaneously greatly expand the reach (and revenue stream) to Livecode University.
What do you think? I'll be happy to encourage Ben Blair or Josh Stanley of Teachur to connect with the right people at LU, if there is an interest.