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Experiential education has been a historical strength for Lehigh.  We are thrilled to be among the first Universities elevating and recognizing experiential learning outcomes as achievements worthy of a learning credential anchored on the blockchain, that students will own and showcase for the rest of their lives.  The Blockcert program focuses on NACE’s career readiness skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Oral and Written Communications, Teamwork and Collaboration, Digital Technology, Leadership, Professionalism and Work Ethic, Career Management and Global-Intercultural Fluency.

Three distinctive experiential programs are currently involved in the initiative:  Mountaintop Summer Experience, Iacocca’s International Internship Program and Division I Athletics

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

BLOCKCERT LEARNING CREDENTIAL

Mountaintop Summer Experience

Lehigh students who completed the Mountaintop Summer Experience during summer of 2019 will receive a Critical Thinking and Problem Solving  Blockcert Learning Credential. 

Iacocca International Internship Program

Lehigh students who completed the Iacocca International Internship Program during summer of 2019 will receive a Global-Intercultural Fluency Blockcert Learning Credential. 

NCAA Division I Athletics

Lehigh students who completed one year of Division I Athletics during academic year 2019 will receive a Teamwork and Collaboration Blockcert Learning Credential. 

 

Lehigh Futures Program - Blockcert Digital Credentials 

Learn how Lehigh University Career Center is empowering students to own records of learning achievements and the value blockcerts bring to the student, institution and employer ecosystems by viewing the program video.

 

Frequently Asked Questions For Students 

Students, now you can own and share your achievements.  Receive them in a digital format and share them anytime.

  • Your official records in a digital format

  • Anchored to the blockchain for security

  • Accessible through your mobile phone

  • Instantly verifiable, anywhere in the world

What are the benefits of blockcert?

A blockcert can be used to verify your credentials to prospective universities and employers.  You can also publicly share your blockcert with family members and friends on social or privately share via text or email using a certificate link.  

What does this mean for me?

When you own your official records, you can simply send your digital blockcert via email or text message or paste a link to your blockcert in your resume or LinkedIn profile for easy verification.

How do I get my blockcert?

Your blockcert will be sent to you via email to be imported into the secure mobile app, which is designed to receive, store, and share your certificate. In the email, you will receive an attachment of your certificate file – a coded file intended for secure storage – so you can store them wherever you like. 

Receiving certificates is an easy, three-step process:

First, download the free mobile app.

You will receive an email from Lehigh’s Center for Career & Professional Development inviting you to download your free Blockcerts app from your phone’s App Store. Once it’s installed, it’s recommended that you copy your secure passphrase and store it somewhere safe. The passphrase lets you prove that you own your certificates if you ever delete the app or lose your phone.

Next, add Lehigh University as an issuer.

 Once you have installed the app, click the link in the email to add Lehigh University as an issuer. You only need to add them once; after that, they can send you as many certificates as you earn.

Finally, add your certificate to the app.

​When it’s time to receive your certificate, you will receive a second email from Lehigh University with your actual certificate attached. This file is your real blockchain certificate; you can store it wherever you store your other important data files. You can also click the link in the email to add the certificate to your app, which makes certificate sharing and online display easy.

 

How does the app work?

Your app works just like a private folder. It’s cryptographically secured, so nobody but you can access it. It talks to the organizations that issue you certificates, so they know where to send them. It also lets you keep certificates from many different organizations all in one place on your own devices, so you don’t have to rely on anyone else to store your certificates. It’s not tied to any public identity you have (like a social media profile or a school account), so you choose when and how you want to share the information in your app.

What this means, though, is that you are completely responsible for managing your app. It will have a secure passphrase to which only you have access to. Make sure you save your unique passphrase in a secure place, like a password manager. This will let you regenerate your app and prove you own your credentials if you ever delete your app or lose your phone. If you lose your passphrase, it’s like losing the ID that says you are who you say you are; you will need to contact us to re-issue your certificate to you.

What can I do with my blockcert?

Having your certificate on the blockchain means that your original record is always in your possession. You control how it is used. You can choose to share your certificate publicly, like on a social media profile (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), or send your certificate privately by email or text message. Finally, you can include links to your certificate on your resume, public portfolio, or applications, so that people like potential employers can verify your qualifications with the click of a button.

How long will I have my blockcert?

Once a record is on the blockchain, it’s there forever. Your certificate may expire (if it’s time-delimited, like a license) or be revoked (if it was issued in error, or as part of disciplinary action), but you will always have it in your possession. If it is expired or revoked, however, it will no longer verify as a valid certificate by third parties.

What if I lose my phone or my mobile app?

As long as you have your passphrase, you can import your certificate to a new app at any time and still prove it belongs to you. Just download the app from the App Store, enter your passphrase, and import your certificate.

The passphrase is also what allows you to maintain ownership of your certificate across multiple devices. So, for example, you can enter the passphrase into apps you download on your tablet or another phone, then import the same certificate to those apps, too.

If you lose your passphrase, however, there is no way to prove ownership of your certificate type. It’s like losing the ID that says you are who you say you are; even if you still have your certificate, you can’t prove it’s yours. If this happens, you will need to download the app again, get a new passphrase, and email Tierney Gallagher Fallon at t.gallagher.fallon@lehigh.edu so we can re-issue your certificate type to you.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have more questions about your blockchain certificate app or the issuing process, please contact Tierney Gallagher Fallon at teg213@lehigh.edu

We’re here to help make accepting and using blockchain certificates easy!