According to LinkedIn: 'Blockchain' tops the list of most in-demand tech skills for 2020. For sure also in the years after, the industry will be in desperate need of consultants, developers, managers, marketeers, sales and other job roles that come with blockchain & crypto expertise. But besides your self-acquired knowledge (the famous 'DYOR') from Youtube, random websites, Twitter and of course... Uptrennd, for most of us there is not much you can really use on your CV as compelling background. That you read all tweets from Pompliano, or are a hardcore follower of Roger 'Bitcoin Jesus' Ver, or can flawlessly recite John McAfee's most famous crypto quotes, is just not going to be convincing enough for the HR department. A verifiable course certificate however.... may get you a little closer.
Or, maybe you are in general interested to know more about the big world of Blockchain & Cryptocurrency. As a hobby. And would like to study in a more organized way.
If any of the 2 profiles sounds like - you - , then this post might be of help.
The University of Nicosia offers a free online course in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency that started Monday 20th of January. I have signed up, because am interested to see their approach and there is always more to learn. Through this post, I wanted to give some information so you can decide if you join as well. And no worry, its not about a referral link. Because they dont have! Its just me hoping I can make somebody happy with this opportunity. And who knows, see you in the virtual class room.
Online course: Introduction to Digital Currencies. Understanding Blockchain technology and digital currencies.
University of Nicosia. They are the first university in the world to offer a Master of Science in Digital Currency and the first educational institution to accept Bitcoin for tuition payment.
Best-selling author, speaker, educator, podcaster and recognized as one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and blockchain expert. Read more here: https://aantonop.com/
Crypto expert with a long track record in among others finance, private equity, venture capitalism and of course Cryptocurrency. He is frequently quoted in the international media as crypto expert, including The Wall Street Journal.
PowerPoint, Video, Reading, Live QA sessions, WebEx meetings, Forum, Chat, Quizzes, Case studies and other formative and summative assessments. (all included, no need to purchase)
TESTS & EXAMINATION
- Weekly Quizzes: 20 multiple-choice questions, does not count towards final grade. Can be taken several times, only highest score counts.
- Final examination after week 12: 50 multiple-choice questions. Only 1 attempt. Duration: 2 hours.
When 60% or more is achieved on the Final Examination test, you will receive a certificate of accomplishment. The certificate authenticity can be digitally verified (cool!) through the Bitcoin blockchain.
Example of the certificate:
- Theoretical introduction to cryptocurrencies.
- Practical introduction to cryptocurrencies.
- Banking, financial and regulatory implications.
- Innovation & development.
No knowledge/skills required. Open for everybody, including beginners. Just need a device and decent internet. (videos)
Nothing, its free. Only costs you time.
Click here to sign up: https://www.unic.ac.cy/blockchain/free-mooc/ (not a referral ;-) )
20th of January 2020, but you can still sign up. There is time enough to complete.
Andreas Antonopoulos is a well-known expert in this area, so am curious how he explains and how much detail there will be.
The interface/dashboard of the course is not very attractive. But think you will get used to it, and how to best navigate around. Remember, its the content of the course that counts, and maybe in the future they will improve the UX/UI.
There is a forum to interact with other students and ask questions. Always nice!
Also on the course dashboard there is an agenda with the dates, like live sessions and start of new modules.
Did not receive an email that the course and first module started. Although I have my notifications set to ON. Less "spam", but on the other hand in this case with self-study it would be convenient to have timely reminders. It will help students.
Will I complete the course? I hope so! Depends on my other activities these coming 12 weeks, the level, and how interesting the material is presented. It is also for students without any crypto background, so let's see. I hope to learn a lot anyway.
Knowledge is Key in Cryptocurrency!
Source: The Course Dashboard and Syllabus.
Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
A cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses strong cryptography to secure financial transactions, control the creation of additional units, and verify the transfer of assets.