Study on Blockchain Receives AAOU2018 Best Paper Award

 TIES received the Best Paper Award Silver Medal at the international conference, The 32nd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities(AAOU2018)held at Hanoi, Vietnam on October 22-27.

 We were awarded for the research on the application of blockchain to education. The paper titled “Crowdsourced Learning Based on Learning Economy” with the co-authors: Masumi Hori (NPO CCC-TIES), Seishi Ono (NPO CCC-TIES), Toshihiro Kita (Kumamoto University), Hiroki Miyahara (Yamanashi University), Shu Sakashita (Acutus Software Inc.), Kensuke Miyashita (Kyoto Women’s University), Kazutsuna Yamaji (National Institute of Informatics), Tsuneo Yamada (The Open University of Japan) was awarded.

Since one of the topics the conference focused on was “New Technologies in Open Education,” the keyword “blockchain” appeared in keynote lectures and many parallel sessions, making us acknowledge that the Asian countries have a great interest in the application of the blockchain in education. Because our research was able to propose specific methods and implementation examples of the blockchain, it gave a high impact to the audience thus leading us to receive the award.

(From the left: Prof. Yamada, Hori, and Dr. Kita attended the conference held in Hanoi)

This was the second time that NPO CCC-TIES received the Best Paper Award Silver Medal since 2014.