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Coursera and ConsenSys Partner to Offer a Free Blockchain Course Starting Today

Blockchain technologies are here to stay. Many are the adoption cases that are already being implemented from small tipping operations to multi-billion dollar “Smart City” projects. However, modern society still needs to adapt to these technologies, understand them and use them in order to exploit their full potential.

Being Blockchain a relatively new field, few are the study options that are currently available in the market; however, every day more initiatives appear so that the interested public can understand – from an academic point of view – the reality and uses of DLTs.

An exciting initiative to promote blockchain technologies is the joint effort between Cousera, a pioneering website in the field of digital teaching and ConseSys Academy, a branch of ConseSys focused on educating the public about the Ethereum blockchain.

Both platforms joined forces to create the course “Blockchain: Foundations and Use Cases” as a public introduction to the world of DLTs. The course has an academic focus, using the structure and research techniques characteristic of any traditional methodological course.

“This course is the definitive introduction to blockchain for both the developer and non-developer audience. Beyond the technology, this course will introduce you to some of the philosophy behind decentralization and why there is so much excitement around that. Together, we’ll examine businesses use cases, hear from industry leaders, and give you the opportunity to develop and analyze a use case yourself. With this course, not only will you be the one who is able to explain blockchain to your colleagues, you’ll be well on your way to making educated business decisions with your new, foundational understanding of the technology.

One of the most important advantages is that the course is entirely free. A key difference from other options of similar quality that require payment due to the limited availability of resources and study options available.

The ConsenSys team mentions that in spite of the peculiarities of the study program, it was created with the purpose of attending a vast and heterogeneous group of students. In this way it is guaranteed that both a homemaker and a businessperson with a high academic background can understand t its content:

“This course will be beneficial for anyone who is interested in learning the foundations of blockchain, from business leaders who want to get a better understanding of the technology to teachers, technologists, and others looking for an introductory stepping stone into the world of blockchain.

The course will have a duration of 5 weeks with a duration of 2 hours per week. It will also have five modules, offering 30 videos and 20 different readings, specially created and reviewed by the academic team responsible for the course.

Those interested can register by clicking on this link

If you are interested, you must hurry! The course starts today! Good luck!

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Crypto-Based Education on the Rise at World’s Top Universities

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–Despite the crypto markets entering their ninth month of a bearish cycle from the last all-time high in valuation, adoption for the industry and blockchain has continued to grow exponentially throughout 2018. With recent news about the rise of cryptocurrency adoption in inflation-prone countries such as Venezuela, it’s clear that crypto has a significant role to play in the future of money–whether or not it continues to be a valuable asset class for investors looking to make a quick profit.

In a study conducted by popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, in conjunction with the survey company Qriously, 675 U.S. college students and 50 international universities  were examined for their curriculum in offering blockchain or cryptocurrency courses. Results were overwhelmingly positive for the growth and adoption of the cryptocurrency industry, with 42 percent of the world’s top 50 universities having at least one course offered on crypto and/or blockchain development. The majority of the courses listed fell under the umbrella of economics, finance, law and business departments, with a much smaller fraction being listed in social science departments. United States based universities and colleges were the most popular choice for finding blockchain and cryptocurrency courses, with Stanford and Cornell leading the pack with 10 and 9 classes offered, respectively. University of Pennsylvania also made the top of the list, by offering 6 classes related to blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Coinbase also interviewed several professors and students at these universities to gauge the excitement and response towards the growing educational field. Dawn Song, a computer science professor from the University of California at Berkeley and creator of the course “Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law,” stated that her curriculum was being met with high amounts of enthusiasm, stating that she was forced to turn away over 200 students who wanted to participate in the 70-person class. She also expanded on how she viewed an education in crypto and blockchain as having significant overlap with other fields in the future, drawing on the widespread interest,

“Blockchain combines theory and practice and can lead to fundamental breakthroughs in many research areas. It can have really profound and broad-scale impacts on society in many different industries.”

Coinbase reports finding that students from across a large range of majors had interest in taking or participating in a blockchain/cryptocurrency based course, with more universities finding ways to incorporate education over the growing industry in a variety of discourses.

David Yermack, finance department chair at the New York University Stern School of Business, first offered a course on blockchain in 2014, with 35 students signing up. By spring of this year, his enrollment had leapt to 230 students, with Yermack echoing Professor Song in seeing blockchain and cryptocurrency as a way to future-proof educational offerings,

“A process is well underway that will lead to the migration of most financial data to blockchain-based organizations. Students will benefit greatly by studying this area.”

Regardless, as the price-focused approach to cryptocurrency gives way to greater focus on growth and adoption, education at the university and collegiate level should spur more development interest.

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