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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Blockchain Basics by University at Buffalo

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About the Course

This first course of the Blockchain specialization provides a broad overview of the essential concepts of blockchain technology – by initially exploring the Bitcoin protocol followed by the Ethereum protocol – to lay the foundation necessary for developing applications and programming. You will be equipped with the knowledge needed to create nodes on your personal Ethereum blockchain, create accounts, unlock accounts, mine, transact, transfer Ethers, and check balances. You will learn about the decentralized peer-to-peer network, an immutable distributed ledger and the trust model that defines a blockchain. This course enables you to explain basic components of a blockchain (transaction, block, block header, and the chain) its operations (verification, validation, and consensus model) underlying algorithms, and essentials of trust (hard fork and soft fork). Content includes the hashing and cryptography foundations indispensable to blockchain programming, which is the focus of two subsequent specialization courses, Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications (Dapps). You will work on a virtual machine image, specifically created for this course, to build an Ethereum test chain and operate on the chain. This hands-on activity will help you understand the workings of a blockchain, its transactions, blocks and mining. Main concepts are delivered through videos, demos and hands-on exercises....

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Nov 18, 2018

This is an introductory course to Blockchain. The supplemented material (in other words self-study) is excellent and in my opinion is the only way to master the concepts and details of this discipline


Feb 4, 2022

Really learned a lot about the fundamentals of blockchain, being a software engineer looking into blockchain. It just got me up to speed with the underlying workflow of blockchain and more. loved it.

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By Keerati I

Aug 17, 2021

I​t covers the basics, however, I wished the details in the optional sections are taught in in the videos instead of being links for extra readings.

By Douglas C

Apr 7, 2021

a bit disappointed when i compare to other classes i took on coursera. I was expecting a more hands on approach with Jupyter based exercizes

By Gary T

Dec 24, 2018

Some topics went into details without a background and would more details for the assignment in terms of why we were doing each step.

By Gayatri P

Aug 4, 2020

It was very informative and understandable but the setup for the last assessment was hard, and so couldn't complete the course.

By Mamtaba G

Jun 21, 2020

Many topics were under explained and need an update in the course. I had to read other materials to know the concept properly.

By Alex F

Oct 8, 2018

Too much distraction by moving backgrounds in the videos while presenting study material. The simpler, the better, IMHO.

By Mayank K

Sep 28, 2018

Need lot of reading. I almost read number of blogs and websites. But my knowledge of the topic is also increased.


Jun 26, 2020

The teaching was good but their should be some examples to be said for regarding when the concept is explained.

By Christopher M

Mar 14, 2021

Overall a pretty decent course. However, many of the links did not work so this course needs to be updated.

By Marvin T B

Jul 4, 2019

The content is okay, but the troubles with assignment (Problems with VM, Grading Upload) are a bit annoying

By Matteo L

Nov 15, 2018

Not being a native English speaker, I found a bit of difficulty with the teacher's colorful pronunciation.

By Prateek A

Jun 6, 2021

Although I could understand everthing, but video content is less in course, instead many links are given.

By Reid T S

May 20, 2020

A fair number of the "further reading" resources provided no longer exist or redirect to irrelevant pages

By Tanakorn L

Mar 11, 2020

Good for learning basic concept of blockchain. Some topics are too high level and not easy to understand.

By Nitish K

May 11, 2020

Increase in video length and a little less reading material may help in making this course more helpful

By Umang T

May 22, 2021

The lectures could be lengthier. The course seems to be rushed. The programming assignment was good.

By Concierge S

Mar 4, 2020

The miner part of the project is flawed. It crashes. Also the project instructions are incomplete.

By Pallavi N

Dec 29, 2021

More than half of the resource files are not existing . Please review those resource files again

By Abhishek B

Jun 13, 2020

the faculty seemed to read from a screen and cannot make us understand complex english words..

By Through t l

Jan 6, 2019

more practical approach would have been better and programming assignment was not satisfactory

By Miguel Á S C

Mar 19, 2022

F​inal Project is a pain; Virtual Machine used is not up to the specs required for the task.

By Yasaman R

Jun 23, 2020

It's a good course for beginners but the assignments and quizzes can be harder and longer.

By Bhavneet S

Jun 30, 2020

The reading material provided is pretty good, but video lectures could have been better.

By Saleh M A

Sep 9, 2020

OVA file creates problems which make my submission delayed. This should be resolved.

By Vishwajeet K

Jul 26, 2020

A nice course where you can learn about the basic knowledge of Blockchain Technology