Design an Undergraduate Blockchain Course

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Design an Undergraduate Blockchain Course

Day/Session:Tuesday 4K

Convener:Kent Seamons

Notes-taker(s): Kent Seamons

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:

Topics Discussed: 

A Princeton textbook has been adopted at 50 universities. Videos, homework assignments, and implementation framework for hands-on experience building a permission-less blockchain.

There is code for automatically check for correctness. This textbook focuses on Bitcoin and permission-less blockchains. We discussed how to expand the scope of a course to cover permissioned blockchains.

Why block chain and why not? Students learn whether a problem is suitable for a blockchain solution and develop a healthy skepticism on blockchain as a solution to many problems.

Talked about platforms and frameworks that students can leverage to gain hands-on experience building permissioned and permission-less blockchain constructs.

What application areas that can serve as projects for a Capstone-style course?

Existing courses in Denmark, Germany, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford.