Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are poised to transform every industry. We're experiencing rapid change and seeing how transacting online, sharing ideas and managing workflows is being re-imagined and redefined. That's why, in my opinion, learning about how blockchain works is crucial for us all. In this short article, I'm going to list some of the courses available online on Coursera, which I personally found extremely useful. Coursera offers courses from top universities across the world. Courses are free to audit (you can watch and read all the content) but if you want to access graded assignments or earn a Course Certificate, you will need to pay.
The specialization from INSEAD is taught by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, authors of the best-selling book Blockchain Revolution. It covers numerous use cases across different industries, key concepts, projects and includes interviews with people in the industry. Courses included in the specialisation: 1) Introduction to Blockchain Technologies 2) Transacting on the Blockchain 3) Blockchain and Business: Applications and Implications 4) Blockchain Opportunity Analysis.
This four-course Specialization introduces you to the world of blockchain technology—explaining what blockchain is, how it works, and why it’s revolutionary. You will learn about various categories of cryptoassets, and the ways they can be transacted on a blockchain. You will learn how blockchain is disrupting business models and financial services, offering organizations new choices in how they create and manage value.
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The blockchain specialisation from University of Buffalo covers a range of topics related mainly to the Ethereum blockchain platform. It's geared more towards programmers and designers. Courses included in the specialisation: 1) Blockchain Basics 2) Smart Contracts 3) Decentralized Applications (Dapps) 4) Blockchain Platforms
The four courses provide learners with (i) an understanding and working knowledge of foundational blockchain concepts, (ii) a skill set for designing and implementing smart contracts, (iii) methods for developing decentralized applications on the blockchain, and (iv) information about the ongoing specific industry-wide blockchain frameworks.
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The course from Princeton University taught by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Arvind Narayanan will provide you with an understanding of Bitcoin at a technical level.
How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold?
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This course from Wharton (University of Pensilvania) is part of a Fintech: Foundations & Applications of Financial Technology Specialisation. It's taught by Jessica Watcher, Professor in Quantitive Finance, and Sarah Hammer, Senior Director of Alternative Investment Initiative and Professor of Law. The course is more business/finance focused and is designed for people who want to learn more about investment in cryptocurrencies.
You’ll learn how to define a currency, analyze the foundations of digital signatures and blockchain technology in cryptocurrency, and accurately assess the risks of cryptocurrency in a modern investment portfolio. By the end of this course, you’ll have a deep understanding of the realities of Cryptocurrency, the intricacies of Blockchain technology, and an effective strategy for incorporating Cryptocurrency into your investment plans.
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