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Learn About Blockchain Technology with These Online Courses

Check out our list of 14 video courses and become a Blockchain expert. For business learners and programmers!

Learn About Blockchain Technology with These Online Courses
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Blockchain is one of the most exciting new technologies. Only Artificial Intelligence has a similar potential to disrupt existing industries.

Some experts even think that Blockchain may revolutionize the entire Internet.

What is it about? And how can you learn more about Blockchain yourself?


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What is "Blockchain"?

The Blockchain technology is mainly known because the digital currency "Bitcoin" is based on it.

But what exactly does Blockchain mean?

  • Blockchain technology allows for a decentralized accounting ledger. That may not sound exciting, but it enables some interesting applications.
  • As a key application, a central authority can be replaced by a decentralized Blockchain system. The Blockchain system has the same level of reliability and lower costs.
  • Instead of a bank controlling monetary transactions, for example, the decentralized Bitcoin no longer needs a higher authority and nevertheless works tamper-proof.
  • Other possible applications include real estate land registers and other central registers for assets or documents.

While the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has already gained widespread recognition, most other Blockchain use cases are still at the very beginning of their realization.

Reason enough to learn more about this exciting new technology!



Some Introductory Courses and YouTube Tutorials

If you are an absolute beginner looking for a first overview of Blockchain, you can get a 2-minute start with this short YouTube lesson:


And this animation gives you a simple visualization regarding the key technical details of Blockchain (e.g. hash values).

But YouTube videos can only be a starting point. Various online courses enable a more comprehensive learning experience.

Selected beginner's courses:

  • The well-known online course Blockchain and Bitcoin Fundamentals gives learners a broad fundamental knowledge. The Udemy course already had over 30,000 participants. Previous knowledge of the topic is not required.
  • The Full Cryptocurrency Course from a young lecturer is also intended for beginners. In the first part of the course, the basic technology is explained step by step. Participants will learn the basics of public and private keys, Bitcoin mining and other important concepts. What follows is a practical guide to the purchase and trade with digital tokens.
  • Any programmer or developer who wants to learn about Blockchain can do so with an introductory course from IBM at Coursera. The course is free to learn in the audit track.
  • UC Berkeley's Blockchain Group offers free access to their introductory Blockchain lecture recordings, including all the relevant slides and reading materials. There is a general version and a version for developers.


Blockchain and Business

  • Rutgers Business School's New Technologies course explores various tech trends and their impact on the business environment. In week 5 of the course, Blockchain and its potentials are being discussed. (This module can also be viewed independently.)
  • Another course at edX is focused on the open source Blockchain platform Hyperledger. Hyperledger aims to simplify the use of Blockchain technologies in companies and corporations.
  • The specialized provider "Blockchain Training Alliance" also offers introductory courses for business professionals (this one for example). Some of their in-person courses are offered as a live online webinar (via WebEx).


Bitcoin (and Other Cryptocurrencies)

  • The Cryptocurrency Investment Course at Udemy provides detailed guidance on investing in various cryptocurrencies. It also explains Wallets as a purse for Bitcoin and the purchase and trade of cryptocurrencies.
  • Princeton University's Bitcoin Technology Course is specifically designed for programmers. The course was among the top 10 most popular Coursera MOOCs in 2017.
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Other Blockchain Applications

  • Disruptive use cases are also expected in the Energy sector. An online course at FutureLearn discusses this in great detail.
  • In the field of law, Blockchain also plays a role. Smart contracts and other LegalTech applications may have a large impact in the future. A video course from IE Business School discusses some basic implications (week 2 of the course).
  • The social network Steemit is also based on cryptocurrencies. A related course will provide some general insights (even if the overall course quality still needs some improvement).

 

An Online University for Blockchain?

  • The University of Nicosia (Cyprus) offers a complete Master of Science in Digital Currency. The Master's program can be completed online within 18 months. Depending on your own prior knowledge and interests, the cryptocurrency degree program can be structured as either computer science-oriented or business-oriented. Interesting for learners: The first course of this program is offered as a free introductory MOOC (massive open online course).
  • Oxford University has also created a course series on Blockchain. Although this is not an academic program, it is designed to provide a concentrated Blockchain training within 6 weeks. After successful completion, a corresponding certificate of participation is available.


Even More Learning Resources

In addition to the online courses mentioned above, there are of course numerous sources for learners who want to dive further into the details.

Interesting resources include:

  • An illustrative overview of the relationship between Blockchain and cryptocurrency (PwC);
  • An introductory book to support your learning, which is written for beginners without any prior knowledge (approximately 60 pages);
  • The Blockchain website of MIT professor Christian Catalini. It includes various scientific articles and advanced materials for experts;
  • And of course interested learners should read the original whitepaper by Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto from 2008, which was the starting point for the development of this new technology.


The industry group Crypto Currency Certification Consortium offers certifications in the field of crypto currencies (here). However, the learning path to get the certification needs to be organized by learners individually.


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