Digital credentials are the digital version of certificates, certifications, or diplomas issued by educational institutions as proof of authenticity, achievements, and learning. By applying digital credentials, these educational organizations can optimize the identification process and give much space for growth.
Forms of digital credentials
Digital Badges offer academic institutions a meaningful way to recognize their stakeholders’ certifications, awards, and other continuing education experiences in an online-shareable format. Badges are usually linked to the online accounts of learners.
A micro-credential is a transparent, competence-based learning outcome recognition of a short program. In real life, they can present micro-certification during job interviews or use them for professional development within the company.
Unlike paper certificates, Digital certificates are non-material and thus easy to share and hard to misplace. They have many benefits for training organizations, supporting them in: Optimizing the administrative process, Easily storing documents and data, Quickly tracking information at requests, building a strong relationship between students and the training organizations, effectively preventing diploma falsification and protecting the organization’s reputation.
Digital credentials effectivity
Digital credentials must be easy to access and manage across different devices (smartphones, laptops, etc.). In the best scenario, data stored inside the credentials should be readable only to their owners for privacy protection.
Users should be able to effortlessly share their credentials with other entities, for example, by providing a QR code or a URL.
The verification process of credentials should be straightforward and correct. Upon receiving the presentation of a credential, anyone can easily verify its correctness.
With Ziden’s Identity Wallet, users own and control every data related to their digital credentials. We provide a client encryption mechanism to increase UX without affecting users' privacy right. Also, privacy built-in features powered by Zero-knowledge Proof techniques allow users to make attestations without disclosing their private data.
The rise of micro-credentials is a new way to accredit students and learners with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an ever-evolving digital age.
For now, the demand for digital badges and certificates is rising as educational models evolve and more people migrate to alternative credentials that fit into their demanding work lives. Moreover, many industry experts believe that employers will start looking to these achievements over traditional degrees to assist them in making critical hiring decisions.
Digital credentials can bridge the gap between college and employment, joining a professional association, and employee engagement and retention. They can save organizations money on marketing, human resources, and recruiting costs, and they can help identify and surface verified skills, achievements, and recognition to make putting the right people into the right jobs easy.
Utilize digital credentials with Ziden’s solution
As a startup in identity technology, we understand the potential of adopting digital credentials in various fields of work, especially education, and the workforce. In the future, when these new forms of credentials become an important part of our identities, both individuals and organizations need a more resilient and transparent environment for utilizing them. That’s where Ziden stands, a decentralized solution for managing Digital Credentials. Thus, we build a platform that supports educational institutions or individual educators integrating digital credentials to optimize their business.In our Self-Sovereign Identity model, anyone can become an Issuer to issue, update, or revoke a set of credentials for other entities - Holders. The integrity and security of the system is based on blockchain networks, a proven technology for tamper-proof systems.With the main features covering document standardization and management activities (issue, revoke, update, etc.), our service will simplify the integration and operation processes for Issuers. And for Holders, your privacy is our top priority, you will be able to selectively share information inside your credentials or provide an attestation without disclosing any private data.
Our mission is to leverage innovations in identity technology to generate value for users. If you are interested, contact us for a discussion of partnerships or integration.