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University of Michigan

Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-Out

University of Michigan via Coursera

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Since the emergence of the first decentralized cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 2009, the landscape of global finance has been rapidly evolving. The discussion is increasingly complex, jargon-heavy, and at times controversial. This Teach-Out will provide an introduction to the mechanisms of cryptocurrency, systems of blockchain, and the process of mining. It will delve into the history of this financial instrument, the principles that underpin its development, and the extent to which the technology may deliver upon those principles. It further positions the discussion socioculturally by exploring topics such as ecological impacts, controversial and humanitarian uses, and what it may mean for the future of both global finance and individuals. The Teach-Out will encourage learners to develop their knowledge further, such that they take a personal, active role in their digital financial literacy.


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  • This audit-only/free course is an excellent introductory material for those who remain uninitiated about the current “buzz” on novel financial technology entities such as cryptocurrencies and/or Bitcoin. Taking this offering was eye-opening for me, (1) enough to make sense of the outlines regarding these entities that are dominating the news and social media and (2) especially with regards to their potential beyond wealth security and creation. I intend to use what I got from this course as a jump-off point to understand cryptocurrencies in more detail and perhaps actively participate in the trend.

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