The Cryptocurrency and Blockchain buzz is riding high right now. Despite the fact that the Cryptocurrency market lost billions of dollars and the Bitcoin value dropped below $3,000 following China’s ban on cryptocurrency exchanges, it is now gradually recovering.
Malaysia recently announced that it will legalize Bitcoin, Burger King introduced its own cryptocurrency called Whopper Coin, Cambridge University published the first research on the digital currency and Russia’s top 5 universities are now offering courses on it.
So, a lot is happening in the Cryptocurrency world. But before you start whipping up dreams of becoming a millionaire and retiring early, educate yourself on how it works. To help you in this regard, we’ve compiled some free and paid online courses on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain that will help you understand it better so that you can make more informed decisions.
Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Technologies
This is a course from Princeton University on Coursera is taught by Arvind Narayanan, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. This is the most basic course on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies out there and the best part is that it is completely free! It will answer your most pressing questions like “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? After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”
The course begins on October 2, 2017. Enroll here.
If you’re interested in another basic Cryptocurrency course – Bitcoin and Crypto Currencies – by Stanford is also a good one.
Blockchain 101: The Basics
Blockchain is the fundamental framework upon which the decentralized currency concept of Cryptocurrency works. It also finds its applications in supply chain management, forecasting, and finance. This course from Udemy – Blockchain 101: The Basics – “will cover the fundamentals of blockchain technology, including the three core layers of a blockchain and the three types of blockchains. This course is appropriate for technologists who are interested in the technology and business owners who are looking to understand the technology on a deeper level.”
This course is available for $25 and you can buy it here.
Blockchain for Finance Professionals
Every big company is interested in the benefits that Blockchain has to offer. Recently, Telenor sparked a partnership with Hubii Network, a decentralized Blockchain-based content platform. JP Morgan & Chase, well-renowned financial services holding company, bought a whole bunch of Bitcoin. If you are a finance professional it would serve you well to be well-informed about the implications of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in your work. The course called Blockchain for Finance Professionals on Experfy will cover “the essential areas and use-cases regarding blockchain technology, how it’s disrupting the finance industry and how it can also generate new opportunities”.
This is a $129 course and you can enroll for it here.
B21 Block: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Tutorials
This isn’t exactly a course, but the ‘B21 Block’ YouTube channel is a good place to start for beginners. If you want a free online source that will teach you everything from the basics of how Cryptocurrency, Ethereum, and Blockchain work to more complex things like how to mine it or how to invest in it, this is the place to be at.
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