Online Bitcoin course by Princeton now available on Coursera

World renowned Princeton University has started an online course on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies. The course will be available on Coursera, which is a leading education platform that aims to partner with “leading universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.”

Earlier, we had reported that Cryptocurrency was also going to be added to the Stanford’s cyber security program.

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Princeton’s cryptocurrency course will be available only in the English language and will need 6-weeks of study with minimum 3-5 dedicated hours per week.

In the introduction to the course, on the Coursera website, it is written that “there’s a lot of excitement about Bitcoin, but also a lot of confusion about what Bitcoin is and how it works. We’re offering this course focusing on the computer science behind Bitcoin to help cut through the hype and get to the core of what makes Bitcoin unique. To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level.”

This course will be taught by senior faculties like Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau and Edward Felten of the Princeton University and Andrew Miller of the University of Maryland.

The first session of the course will begin on September 4, 2015, and would conclude on November 1st, 2015. The course will be divided under the following subheads:

  • Intro to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies
  • How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization
  • Mechanics of Bitcoin
  • How to Store and Use Bitcoins
  • Bitcoin mining
  • Bitcoin and anonymity
  • Community, Politics, and Regulation
  • Alternative Mining Puzzles
  • Bitcoin as a platform
  • Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem
  • The future of Bitcoin?

The class will also include videos of lectures that will be broken up into 5-7 segments, with each of it being 10-15 minutes in length.  These segments will also have 1 or 2 integrated quiz questions and standalone homework will be available that will not be a part of the video lectures.

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