Knowledge Token® (Knowken®) is designed to fundamentally transform the way in which learners, educators, and educational content creators acquire, distribute and generate knowledge.
As an incentive and participation token that is awarded to learners in exchange for intellectual achievements, while privately and securely recording corresponding academic progress, Knowledge Tokens are issued in amounts that correspond to the units or amounts of knowledge, skills and/or credits that learners earn.
Knowledge Token® can be considered to be intellectual currency and, as such, may be used to pay for goods and services such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, games, textbooks, tuition and more.
Following an inclusive global participatory approach to the design, development and deployment of Knowledge Token®, the Knowledge Foundation adheres to the core principle of being "open to all."
Knowledge Token® was introduced to the public in 2017 at the international Immersive Italy Summit in collaboration with INDIRE, the research division of the Italian Ministry of Education. Founded in 1925, INDIRE (National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research) is the Italian Ministry of Education's oldest and most highly regarded educational research organization and is considered the benchmark for educational research in Italy.
Knowledge Token® features the ability to privately and securely capture, record and represent the knowledge, skills and/or credit earned by learners via formal and informal education, educational software (e.g., websites, applications, mobile apps, etc.), training exercises and scenarios, self-paced and self-directed educational experiences, professional development (PD), and other forms of teaching, training and education.
These forms of knowledge-, skill-, and credit-based information and data include, but are not limited to, attendance and participation records, quiz results, test and exam results, progress and status reports, assessments, logs, rubrics, numerical grades, letter grades, pass/fail grades, grade point averages (GPA), scores, credits, credit hours, credit by examination, semester credit hours, contact hours, certification and certificates, degrees, diplomas, and so forth.
Every product in the Knowken® Store can be purchased entirely with Knowledge Token incentive and reward tokens. Participants in Immersive Education clubs (iED Clubs) and camps (iED Camps) are authorized to sell their own items in the Knowken® Store.
Knowledge Token are digital incentive, participation and reward tokens that are issued in amounts that correspond to the amount or units of knowledge, skills and/or credits that learners earn through the successful completion of tasks and activities using digital software (i.e., websites, software applications, mobile apps, etc.) and/or non-digital means such as traditional non-digital classes or courses, hands-on training, pencil-and-paper assignments and examinations, etc.
Upon the successful completion of a specified task or activity the corresponding quantity of Knowken® digital tokens are created and issued via software programs that run on specially configured Internet server computers. The software responsible for creating, issuing and managing the tokens runs on the "server-side" and, as such, is not visible or accessible to end users (the software can not be downloaded to a computer or mobile device, for example, since it runs on specially configured Internet server computers that aren't visible or accessible to end users). In this way the entire process of creating, issuing and managing Knowken® digital tokens is entirely transparent and invisible to the end user.
Learners who have earned Knowkens can redeem them for goods through the online Knowken® Store and other online websites that are authorized to interface with end users for such purposes.
What is a Knowledge Token? Learn about the Knowken incentivization and reward system in the 2018 Magazine of the International Child Art Foundation interview with Aaron E. Walsh, Director of the Knowledge Foundation and Immersive Education Initiative.
Open international standards related to Knowledge Token® and blockchain in the field of education are developed by Knowledge Foundation members through Technology Working Groups (TWGs) and non-technical Working Groups (WGs) that are chaired by faculty, administrators, and researchers.
Whereas Working Groups address non-technical aspects of the system, such as legal and economic matters, Technology Working Groups develop, deliver and maintain technological materials such as technical reports, design documents, specifications, reference implementations, software implementations, conformance test suites, best practices, curricula, usage guides and reviews of deliverables produced by other TWGs.
For an overview of active WGs and TWGs refer to the Knowledge Groups area.
2023 The 2023 Blockchain in Education Summit will be a special event held from 28 to 30 March in conjunction with the 2023 Digital Civilisation conference in collaboration with University College Oxford Blockchain Research Centre. Following Oxford, the United Nations GRACE initiative will host a special hackathon event in Qatar (September 2023), while the University of Zurich Blockchain Center will host the 2023 "Swiss Summits" in November.
2022 The inaugural "Swiss Summits" (IMMERSIVE SWITZERLAND and Blockchain in Education Summit) were held in Lucerne, Switzerland, with keynote speakers and participants from University of Oxford, Harvard University, MIT, HSLU, University of Zurich, Twitter, United States Federal Reserve, United States National Park Service (NPS), the Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles, and more .
2017 The inaugural Blockchain in Education Summit was held in Boston, MA, with keynote speakers and participants from MIT, Harvard University, Pearson Education, John Hancock, Lando & Anastasi, and more. The event featured a series of Knowledge Token® talks, activities and workshops.
For earlier events please refer to the Immersive Education Initiative's official Summits and conferences website.
Our mission is to make Knowledge Token® universally accessible to every learner everywhere.
Knowledge Token® is designed to transform the learning and teaching experience in an inclusive manner by enabling learners from around the world to benefit from it irrespective of their age, location, financial status or social status.
The Knowledge Foundation adheres to the core principle of being "open to all" by following an inclusive global participatory approach to the design, development and deployment of Knowledge Token®.
To this end, the foundation and our collaborators are working closely with academics, engineers and students across countries and continents, including Switzerland, the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
By making educational opportunities equally available to all — from the global North to the global South — Knowledge Token® is being created in the spirit of "nothing for us without us."
Significantly, Knowledge Token® contributes to several UN Sustainable Development Goals and, most importantly, SDG 4 (Quality education).
The international Immersive Education Initiative (USA)
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bitcoin Club (USA)
Uni. College Oxford Blockchain Research Centre (UK)
University of Zurich Blockchain Center (Switzerland)
Yale University Blockchain Club (USA)
Brown University Blockchain Club (USA)
Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education & Youth Empowerment (GRACE)
United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime
Immersive Education Initiative, the world's foremost experts in immersion and immersive technology, is a non-profit international collaboration of educational institutions, research institutes, museums, consortia and companies. The Initiative was established in 2005 with the mission to define and develop standards, best practices, technology platforms, training and education programs, and communities of support for virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality, simulations, game-based learning and training systems, immersive teaching and immersive learning platforms, and fully immersive environments such as caves and domes.
Thousands of faculty, researchers, staff and administrators are members of the Immersive Education Initiative, who together service millions of academic and corporate learners worldwide.
Collaborators and Summit speakers include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and executives from the world's leading academic and cultural organizations, universities, and companies, such as United Nations, United States Department of Education, Harvard University, University of Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Smithsonian Institution, Stanford University, NASA, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Twitter, Disney, Oracle, Computerworld, Italian Ministry of Education, the Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Sorbonne University (France), Keio University (Japan), Nippon TV (Japan), National University of Singapore (NUS), Government of New South Wales (Australia), Israel Ministry of Education, University of Glasgow (UK), European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padua, Italy), University of Zurich (Switzerland), Trinity College (Ireland), University of Barcelona (Spain), Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), and many more world-class organizations
To learn more visit https://ImmersiveEducation.org
Titles and organizations at time of speaking
Founding Director of the Immersive Education Initiative (iED) and Boston College faculty
Asst. Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization
Director, Office of Educational Tech, U.S. Dept. of Education & Immersive Education advisor
Chief Ranger, U.S. Dept. of the Interior National Park Service (NPS) and Immersive Education club advisor
MIT Media Lab Associate Director and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Prof. of Media Arts & Sciences
Harvard Graduate School of Education Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University
Fellow of University College, Oxford, and Director of University College Oxford Blockchain Research Centre
Director of New Media & Technology, Smithsonian and Immersive Education Initiative Arts and Culture co-chair
Co-creator and co-director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Media Lab Asia
President, Federation of USA Scientists & Immersive Education advisor
Lead Researcher, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Learning Technologies
Professor of Learning Research and Director of MIT Okawa Center & Lifelong Kindergarten group
Faculty, Stanford University and Co-Chair of the Immersive Education Initiative Open File Formats TWG
Stereoscopic Supervisor, Disney Animation Studios and Academy Award®-winning film "Frozen"
Senior Principal SRE/SWE (Site Reliability Engineer and Software Engineer), Google
Futurist, Intel Corp. and professor at University of Washington & California College