Need for Global Academic Certificate Verification

The Global Association of Online Trainers and Examiners (GAOTE) is an organization that aims to promote and facilitate online education and assessment. One of the challenges that online learners and educators face is the verification of academic certificates, which can be costly, time-consuming and prone to fraud. To address this issue, GAOTE has developed a system of open access identifiers that can be used to uniquely identify and verify online certificates.

An open access identifier is a unique code that is assigned to each online certificate issued by GAOTE or its partner institutions. The code contains information about the certificate, such as the name of the learner, the name of the course, the date of completion, the grade and the learning outcomes. The code can be accessed by anyone through a web portal, where the certificate can be viewed and verified. The code can also be embedded in digital badges, QR codes or blockchain records, which can be shared by the learners on their resumes, portfolios or social media profiles.

The use of open access identifiers has several benefits for the academic industry. First, it reduces the cost of verification, as there is no need to contact the issuing institution or pay for third-party verification services. Second, it increases the trust and credibility of online certificates, as they can be easily verified by anyone with an internet connection. Third, it enhances the recognition and portability of online certificates, as they can be easily shared and compared across different platforms and contexts. Fourth, it encourages lifelong learning and continuous improvement, as learners can track their progress and achievements through their open access identifiers.

GAOTE is committed to advancing online education and assessment through the use of open access identifiers. By providing a simple and secure way to verify online certificates, GAOTE hopes to increase the accessibility, quality and value of online learning for learners, educators and employers.