How to Prove and Assess Quality Learning workshop

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Creating How to Prove and Assess Quality Learning (with *DAS) workshop

The Reference-Rich Decentralized Accreditation System (*DAS) is a new certification concept for hacker knowledge and community-sourced knowledge in general. This workshop will teach how to make *DAS-formatted certificates.


Then, we'll show you what your certificates can look like connected up with everyone else's in the *DAS system, including an interactive demo of trust inference over the certificate network you helped make.


So you've learned some amazing things from your community, not from school. How can you prove it? With an open-source accreditation system, of course! But it's a challenge to write a certificate for your own learning that includes every piece: the right prerequisites, the right kind of proof that it's yours, the right material to make an excellent case for your knowledge--and how to credit your community, too. Join us to learn how to write a short, trustworthy certificate to prove your knowledge (like the key points of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954) or your skill (like soldering headers) that you'd like to prove to yourself or others, especially something you've learned at HOPE 2020!

For this workshop, we'll help each participant make 2 certificates: one for folding paper, and one for making paper airplanes.

Use a reference-rich decentralized accreditation system (*DAS), which we will provide, to visualize your certificate as part of a live network of everyone else's certificates from the workshop.

Our developing website can provide more information about the *DAS project!

Full Description

Welcome! Today, we're making *DAS certificates.

We'll learn:

  • how *DAS certificates work,
  • how they link to other certificates when you learn new things, and
  • how they link to other people's certificates when you teach them.

Then, we'll calculate some trust numbers!

We'll learn how it's possible for someone outside of your community to quickly determine if any particular member of your learning community has some particular skill, without reviewing every single cert.

We'll be doing this by teaching each other how to fold paper airplanes.

*DAS certificates have a very particular structure, but they're just ordinary documents (like word docs, google docs, dropbox paper, or markdown) with particular formatting.

*DAS cert on Dropbox Paper
*DAS cert made in Microsoft Word
*DAS cert written in markdown
*DAS cert on Dropbox Paper *DAS cert made in Microsoft Word *DAS cert written in markdown

We'll use some templates to help get the format correct quickly and easily.

This google drive folder will be the place to submit certificates. There, you can also find some extra examples for folding paper airplanes.


You don't need to register to take this workshop--all HOPE 2020 workshops no longer have registration. However, you do need a ticket.

Joining Workshops: The link to the workshop room is posted in the HOPE Announcements matrix chat (, shortly before the workshop begins.

Visit our Matrix How-To Wiki Page for instructions on joining the conversation.


To do the hands-on portion of this workshop you will need 1) a piece of paper you don't mind folding, and 2) a device that can take a video.

You can still do the workshop without taking any video, but you'll have to write a detailed text description or something!

Required Software

A Dropbox account will make your workshop experience smoother, but it is not required. Any tool that can open and edit a .docx or .md file, or access to Google docs or Dropbox Paper online (any browser), will be sufficient.


A video of the workshop is available on the 2600 YouTube channel:


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