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We recommend that you complete our course "Introduction to Blockchain Technologies" before completing this one.

Approx. 15 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Describe seven types of cryptoassets, and explain what it means to “tokenize” an asset

  • Explain what a smart contract is, as well as various applications of smart contracts

  • Explore the features of a distributed, self-sovereign identity system

  • Describe eight core functions of the financial services industry and explain how blockchain will disrupt each of these functions

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Object BindingAlcatel Business CommunicationsCenturylinkBase Address
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Approx. 15 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

4 hours to complete


4 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 69 min), 10 readings, 5 quizzes
16 videos
Instructor Introduction8m
Module 1 Overview6m
Three Types of Cryptocurrencies5m
Protocol Tokens3m
Utility Tokens (App Coins)4m
Security Tokens3m
Natural Asset & Commodity Tokens4m
Crypto-fiat Currencies and Stablecoins5m
Practitioner Perspective - Andreas Wallendahl: Tokenomics1m
Practitioner Perspective - Cristina Dolan: Cryptoassets2m
Initial Coin Offerings: A New Breed of Meta-Asset4m
Practitioner Perspective - Rolf Hoefer: ICOs2m
Recap of Cryptoassets2m
10 readings
Protocol Tokens10m
Utility Tokens (App Coins)10m
Security Tokens10m
Natural Asset & Commodity Tokens10m
Crypto-fiat Currencies and Stablecoins15m
Review of Cryptoassets15m
Initial Coin Offerings15m
5 practice exercises
Cryptocurrencies, Protocol Tokens, and Utility Tokens6m
Security Tokens, and Natural Asset & Commodity Tokens4m
Crypto-collectibles, Crypto-fiat Currencies & Stablecoins4m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Smart Contracts

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 50 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
What Are Smart Contracts?6m
Practitioner Perspective - Rolf Hoefer: Smart Contracts1m
Smart Contract Phases7m
Smart vs. Traditional Contracts5m
Smart Contracts and Law7m
Practitioner Perspective - Andreas Wallendahl: Smart Contracts1m
Smart Contract Application Areas9m
Practitioner Perspective - Rob Carter: Smart Contracts1m
Smart Contract Strategies & Best Practices for the Organization4m
Recap of Module 22m
4 readings
Smart Contracts10m
Smart vs. Traditional Contracts15m
Smart Contract Application Areas20m
Review of Smart Contracts15m
5 practice exercises
What Are Smart Contracts?6m
Smart Contract Phases6m
Smart vs. Traditional Contracts
Smart Contracts and Law4m
Smart Contracts30m

Week 3

2 hours to complete


2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 33 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Introduction to Identity and Identifiers5m
Five Problems With Identifiers7m
Distributed, Self-sovereign Identity Systems6m
Practitioner Perspective - Carlos Augier: Identity1m
Blockchain Identity Applications4m
Practitioner Perspective - Stephen Tse & Li Jiang: Personal Data1m
Recap of Identity4m
3 readings
Distributed, Self-sovereign Identity Systems20m
Blockchain-Based Identity for Financial Services10m
Review of Identity10m
3 practice exercises
Identity and Identifiers10m
Identity on a Blockchain10m

Week 4

6 hours to complete

DApps and Distributed Business Models

6 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 84 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
16 videos
Distributed Business Entities9m
The DAO: A Cautionary Tale6m
New Business Models Part 19m
New Business Models Part 210m
Practitioner Perspective: Soumak Chatterjee, Partner, Deloitte Canada1m
Practitioner Perspective - Yaniv Neu-Ner: Business Model for Counter4m
Practitioner Perspective - Oleg Fomenko: Business Model for Sweatcoin2m
What Are DApps?6m
Example: bAirbnb6m
Patents and Blockchain Innovation6m
Practitioner Perspective - Rolf Hoefer: Intellectual Property2m
Payments, Attribution, and Licensing5m
Distributed Ownership3m
Module 4 Recap3m
Course Recap2m
7 readings
Distributed Business Entities10m
New Business Models Part 120m
New Business Models Part 230m
Patents and Blockchain Innovation20m
Payments, Attribution, and Licensing20m
Distributed Ownership10m
4 practice exercises
Distributed Business Entities30m
New Business Models30m
New Business Models30m



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About the Blockchain Revolution in Financial Services Specialization

As the Internet was the first digital medium for information, blockchain is the first native digital medium for value. Blockchain is poised to transform the economy and society at large—redefining the ways we transact online, share ideas, and manage workflows. The financial services sector is a key lever in such transformations. This four-course specialization introduces learners to the world of blockchain technology for financial services—including what blockchain is, how it works, and why it is revolutionary. Students learn about various categories of cryptoassets and the ways they can be transacted on a blockchain. They learn how blockchain is transforming the economy and society at large—redefining workflows, global payments, and prosperity. As an outcome of this specialization, students produce a Strategic Action Plan wherein they identify and evaluate a promising application of blockchain technology within the financial services industry. The Specialization is taught by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, globally-recognized authorities on innovation and technology and authors of the best-selling book, “Blockchain Revolution.” It also includes various industry experts and practitioners who will share their experiences within the blockchain ecosystem....
Blockchain Revolution in Financial Services

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