Princeton University, on January 6 began a free online course to teach students what Bitcoin is and give an insight into what the future might hold. The University says it aims to separate fact from fiction by enlightening the general public on cryptocurrency technology. So far, over 9,100 students have shown an interest to enroll for the course.
Training Has Been Scheduled Into Batches
The training which has been scheduled into batches will be taught by Arvind Narayanan, a lecturer of the school. While the first batch will run from the 6th of this month, the second batch has been slated for January 21. In all, this course will be completed in 11 weeks. The school has added that a certificate will not be awarded upon its completion.
Nevertheless, those who may have the interest of being enlightened on modern technologies may enroll. The school has outlined that the program will cover areas such as how Bitcoin works, what makes it unique, and how to secure the virtual currency. The same has been said about the anonymity of its users, as well as what determines the price changes.
Covering Topics Relating to Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies
In a bid to answer each of these questions, the course will revolve around subtopics such as Cryptographic building blocks, Bitcoin’s consensus mechanism, and Bitcoin anonymity. Others will include different ways of storing Bitcoin keys, security measures, Regulation issues, and Bitcoin mining.
Princeton University says at the end of the training; students will have a conceptual foundation on Bitcoin. This will enable them to develop software that communicates using the Bitcoin network. Also, they will be able to integrate these ideas into their projects.
The University of Tokyo to Begin Blockchain Course in 2019
Princeton University is one of the first in 2019 to offer free courses to the general public. There are expectations that other schools might follow suit. The University of Tokyo, for instance, had received 90 million yen in November. The fund is to enable the institution to offer a Blockchain course which will run till October 2021.
Other than schools, the government, and even cryptocurrency companies like Zencash are trying to educate people on the use of cryptocurrencies. The aim is to encourage their widespread adoption given that eToro’s survey carried out in December revealed that most people who are unwilling to invest in these digital assets attributed it to their lack of knowledge.