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Coursera rolls out first course on cryptocurrency for free

Coursera, a venture-backed educational technology company that offers massive open online courses, has introduced a free course on cryptocurrency, titled ‘Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies’ that will begin from September.

According to the course website, the course will focus on understanding what is special about bitcoin and how it works at the technical level. It will also emphasize on key issues including the working mechanisms of bitcoin, its security and what makes it different, the anonymity of bitcoin users and what role regulation may play in the future.

“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 projects,” the course website stated.

The course will be instructed by Arvind Narayanan, assistant professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. It will be available in English and the enrolled candidate has to pass all graded assignments to complete the course. The course does not involve any course completion certificate.

The coursework includes an interactive textbook featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and projects. There will also be discussion forums to connect with thousands of other learners to share debate ideas, discuss on course materials and get help mastering concepts.

This is the first time a course on cryptocurrency is being organized by Coursera and invites interested candidates to sign up for the course.

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. It offers courses in subjects including physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and others.

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