To the enthusiast who wishes to understand the nitty-gritty of cryptocurrency trading, there is a wealth of information available in the virtual world. That is not to say that offline resources aren’t available. There are plenty. So the idea is to focus on the core subjects, master them and then move on to the next topic.
Cryptocurrency is a vast subject. Each token brings with itself a unique feature that needs in-depth understanding. And not just cryptocurrency but the premise on which it stands: blockchain. It can become limiting if the basic building block is not understood properly.
One of the best (and worst) things about bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies is just how new the technology and its practical implementations are. Even though there have been many early adopters, the ecosystem as a whole involves a lot of learning, especially for those looking to come up to speed.
Let’s quickly look at some of the resources available:
DFIN 511: Introduction to Digital Currencies (Offered By UNIC)
This free online course is taught by Andreas Antonopoulos (author of Mastering Bitcoin) and Antonis Polemitis and it represents the first course in the MSc in Digital Currency offered by UNIC. The course places bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in the broader framework of the history of money, before talking about the practical implementation of bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and the evolving relationship between digital currencies and financial institutions, as well as the broader world.
This simple set of interactive flashcards is a great resource for those who want to cover the basics of cryptocurrencies, from buying and selling to mining in a short amount of time. Other than a slight advertisement of Coinbase as safe and regulated, the mini-course remains an objective resource that covers a lot of ground in a surprisingly intuitive and short fashion. A great resource to share with absolute beginners who have little time on their hands and want to get up to speed fast.
Coursera (Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies) Offered By Princeton University
This free Coursera course introduces basic cryptography concepts and then links them to the basics of Bitcoin. Through videos, the course lecturer explains how decentralization is implemented in practice, how Bitcoin mining works, and how Bitcoins are stored. A short explanation is then given to altcoins and the future of the space.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Just dive into this vast ocean and start swimming.