Bitcoin, Ethereum and the overall blockchain space have gained much traction these past years, with startups raising billions of dollars to disrupt the way we conduct business.
As cryptocurrencies and blockchain thrive, it has become primordial for professionals to understand the potential and implications of these emerging technologies in their respective industries and keep up with the burgeoning space.
Here’s a list of some of the top courses available out there to learn and better understand this rising space:
Introduction to Digital Currencies – University of Nicosia
The University of Nicosia, the leading university in Cyprus and one of the largest English language universities in the Mediterranean region, is known for being the first accredited university in the world to accept bitcoin payments and launch an MSc Degree in digital currency.
The first course in the degree, DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies, is offered as a free, online and open enrollment MOOC . The course is taught by renowned Bitcoin experts Andreas Antonopoulos and Antonis Polemitis and includes 12 live online sessions covering both a technical overview of decentralized digital currencies like Bitcoin, as well as their broader economic, legal and financial context.
Masterclass FinTech & Blockchain – University of Amsterdam
The Masterclass FinTech & Blockchain by the University of Amsterdam, is a two-day masterclass that introduces participants to digital currencies, emerging mobile payment systems and blockchains, and helps them stay-up to date on the essentials of these emerging technologies.
The course covers the history, growth, strengths, and weaknesses of digital currencies, blockchains, and distributed ledger technology, as well as their potential applications to new products and services.
It is targeted at entrepreneurs or emerging growth companies, online retailers who are considering the use of these technologies in their business, as well as financial, legal and government professionals looking to better understand the implications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
In 2018, the masterclass is scheduled on May 31 and June 01.
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
The Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies course , created by Princeton computer science professor Arvind Narayanan, is an online course that covers mechanisms, uses and mining of bitcoin in addition to the wider concepts surrounding it such as community and regulation. It also provides students with the conceptual foundations needed to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network.
The course lasts 11 weeks and includes 12 lecture videos and 11 lecture slides . It starts at regular intervals and is free of charge.
Fintech – Innovative Banking
The Fintech – Innovative Banking course by the Imperial College Business School in London, offered in partnership with the Centre for Global Finance and Technology, was designed to encompass thought leadership from academic experts, tech developments from leading disruptors and also practical insights from industry.
The two-day course focuses on key areas: distributed ledger technology also knows as blockchain, digital identity, digital money and cryptocurrencies, and digital payments.
It includes presentations, individual learning, group work, and high impact discussions encouraging all participants to challenge the status quo in their business.
The Complete Ethereum Blockchain Mastery Bundle
The Complete Ethereum Blockchain Mastery Bundle is a collection of four online courses taught by Certified Bitcoin Professional Ravinder Deol.
The program is one of the largest, most in-depth Ethereum development courses online. Participants get to work with the Ethereum blockchain on a practical level, with step-by-step instructions guiding them through the entire process.
Ethereum Blockchain Developer, a 74-lecture course that allows participants to work with Ethereum on a practical level and build projects using tools like Mist, Geth, and Ethereum Studio.
Blockchain Technology, a 18-lecture class that breaks down everything participants need to know about blockchain technology and the ecosystem.
Ethereum Developer, a course with 38 lectures that teaches participants how to develop their own decentralized blockchain apps using Solidity 3, Truffle 2, and Angular.
Ethereum Developer Masterclass, an advanced (yet student-friendly) class that teaches how to develop a complex, real-world, Ethereum-based distributed application using Solidity.
The ULTIMATE Bitcoin and Blockchain Course (Cryptocurrency)
The ULTIMATE Bitcoin and Blockchain Course (Cryptocurrency) provides an overview of these emerging technologies, teaching participants the growing importance of cryptocurrencies in our lives as well as the world of cryptocurrency mining, cryptocurrency trading, and the blockchain technology ecosystem.
The course focuses on providing straight facts, techniques and methods.
Blockchain essentials – IBM developerWorks Courses
The Blockchain essentials course, by IBM, focuses on blockchain applications in the business world and explores key use cases that demonstrate how the technology adds value.
In this course, participants learn about some of the common challenges facing business networks and how a new approach to recording and processing transactions that uses blockchain technology can solve some of these challenges.
It covers blockchain and distributed ledger systems in a business environment, the important concepts and key use cases of blockchain for business, as well as how assets can be transferred in a blockchain network.
Blockchain 101: The Basics
The Blockchain 101: The Basics is an online course that covers the fundamentals of blockchain technology, including the three core layers of a blockchain and the three types of blockchains.
This course is targeted at technologists who are interested in the technology, as well as business owners who are looking to understand the technology on a deeper level.
Blockchain for Finance Professionals
Blockchain for Finance Professionals covers the essential areas and use cases regarding blockchain technology, how it’s disrupting the finance industry and how it can also generate new opportunities.
The course provides professionals with a solid, overall, understanding of blockchain technology and how it relates to the finance industry. It aims to prepare participants to understand the changes that are, and which will be occurring in various industries due to the revolutionizing aspects of this technology.
Founded three years ago in California by a group of experienced cryptocurrency executives, Blockchain University offers courses designed with a multi-disciplinary approach to empower developers to designers to corporations.
The Accelerated One Week Intensives is a one-week immersive course providing an overview and in depth explorations of the emerging field of distributed digital assets using blockchain.
Participants get to learn about Bitcoin, the continuously evolving blockchain landscape, the basics of cryptography, as well as to program transactions to the Bitcoin blockchain (and other altcoin ledgers, such as Ethereum) and understand other related technologies.
B9lab , a fee-charging institution based in London and Hamburg, offers online training in blockchain and decentralized applications for developers, technical experts and analysts.
The courses are delivered through a mixture of reading material, videos, screencasts, exercises and graded midterm and final examinations. Each week, B9lab offers new content for students to learn at a time that is suitable for them.
Participants also get access to expert blockchain tutors through multiple communication channels including forums and a dedicated slack channel. If they achieve an average grade of 80% or higher in the final exam, they receive a certificate on the blockchain, proving they have taken the course in full and have acquired abilities in blockchain development. The certificates have been integrated into LinkedIn.
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