Best Blockchain Courses on Coursera in 2021
Crypto world is on the rise with a boom in the price of bitcoin and ethereum, rise of NFTs, and major companies adopting crypto solutions in their services.
Becoming a blockchain developer might be a great career choice for upcoming years. Even you don’t want to actively develop crypto solutions, it’s still worthwhile learning about various blockchains and how you can use them in your work. Or simply understand it better, to know where to invest.
This text covers the most popular blockchain courses on Coursera in 2021.
Top 4 Blockchain Courses Online
Here’s the list of the top 4 most popular courses and specialization on Coursera:
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Princeton University
This is the most popular blockchain course on Coursera, with almost 500,000 students enrolled so far.
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.
In particular you’ll be able to answer the following questions:
- 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?
It takes approximately 23 hours to complete the course.
Blockchain Specialization by University of Buffalo
This is the most popular specialization (a series of courses) with over 100,000 enrolled students on Coursera.
This specialization introduces blockchain, a revolutionary technology that enables peer-to-peer transfer of digital assets without any intermediaries, and is predicted to be just as impactful as the Internet. More specifically, it prepares learners to program on the Ethereum blockchain. The four courses provide learners with (i) an understanding and working knowledge of foundational blockchain concepts, (ii) a skill set for designing and implementing smart contracts, (iii) methods for developing decentralized applications on the blockchain, and (iv) information about the ongoing specific industry-wide blockchain frameworks.
The four courses in this specialization are:
- Blockchain Basics
- Smart Contracts
- Decentralized Applications (Dapps)
- Blockchain Platforms
Blockchain Revolution Specialization by INSEAD
This four-course Specialization introduces you to the world of blockchain technology — explaining what blockchain is, how it works, and why it’s revolutionary. You will learn about various categories of cryptoassets, and the ways they can be transacted on a blockchain. You will learn how blockchain is disrupting business models and financial services, offering organizations new choices in how they create and manage value.
Blockchain Business Models by Duke University
Blockchain is an emerging and highly disruptive technology that is poorly understood. In this course you will learn what blockchain is and how it can create value by tokenization in cryptocurrencies and in many other practical applications.
The applications include: stablecoins (like Facebook’s Libra and JP Morgan’s JPMCoin), machine to machine payments, identity protection, supply chain management (Walmart, Maersk, IBM), secure voting, distributed exchanges, decentralized finance, property transfers, central bank fiat crypto (e.g., Fedcoin and China’s digital Renminbi), dispensing prescription drugs, private records, intellectual property, financial reporting, and media and advertising, to name a few.
The goals of the course are to:
- provide an advanced understanding of the various blockchain technologies
- determine the specific business situations where blockchain technology can be deployed to solve important problems;
- select the specific blockchain technology that has the best chance of success for a particular problem;
- detail the risks presented by this new technology.
How to start with blockchain in 2021?
Definitely the best way to start with blockchain is by taking Princeton course linked above.
The second best option is to follow YouTubers like Dapp University (check out this video for example), that shows everything on screen.
Anyway, 2021 is the year of blockchain and it’s a perfect time to jump into it!
The demand for blockchain developers will only keep growing in the next years.
P.S. If you want to read more, check also my text on AI-generated art, NFTs and why I’m bullish on blockchain technologies.