Many universities find that identifying students for the purposes of entering buildings, entering dining halls, and registering for classes can be cumbersome. Rather than relying on older methods, such as student identity cards, other institutions are going digital.
Using Digital Credentialing
All studies and implementations of blockchain for higher learning have shown that such a process is a success. Using blockchain to digitally store information in an encrypted manner ensures that it cannot be accessed by unwanted persons or organizations.
The advantage for institutions is that everything is now digital, and they only need to have specific readers at various locations where the students can either enter their digital code or scan a device.
Simpler for Students
Most students who have been a part of these early programs will say that having a digital credentialing standard is very useful. Rather than needing to carry around an ID card, students only need to use their smartphone, which they will always be carrying.
Those who do not have a smartphone or lose theirs are not in any trouble in this regard. Since digital credentialing uses a specific passcode for each student, they can always enter their code manually if they do not have their phone.
One of the issues with physical ID cards is that cards can easily get stolen. Perhaps someone takes a student’s ID card while they are not looking and then uses it to access various buildings for the next few days.
Most students do not report their card stolen for days, which is a huge security hole. Such a problem does not exist with the digital system, as the person would either need the student’s code or they would have to obtain and unlock their smartphone.
Digital credentialing is the way to go for most higher learning institutions.