Coursera to Offer Online Bitcoin Course this Fall

Coursera, which partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take, will have a Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies class beginning in September 2106.

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I took a similar Bitcoin course offering from Coursera in the spring of this year and can vouch for the fact it is similar in scope and structure to that of traditional online college courses that I have attended. The big difference of course is that the Coursera classes are geared toward learning for the sake of it and not a degree, which in truth is probably the purest form of learning.

The course is structured in a typical college online format with several modules spread out over several weeks. Each module will include course content in the form of lectures, videos, and presentations. There will also be graded assignments and projects along with peer interaction via course forums.

I highly recommend the course to anyone who is interested in learning more about Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general. This course is beneficial for not only novices, but also to those who may know a lot about the “front-end” of Bitcoin but may be a bit weak on the under the hood workings.

More from the Coursera site:

About this course: To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level. We’ll address the important questions about Bitcoin, such as:

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. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own project

Arvind Narayanan from the Princeton University will be lecturing. More information and instructions on enrolling can be found on the Coursera site.

 

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