More universities offering blockchain programmes to train future professionals

Study International | June 17, 2019

More universities offering blockchain programmes to train future professionals
Blockchain. Cryptocurrency. Bitcoin. These are just some of today’s buzzwords that get companies sitting up straight and paying attention to the potential these technologies can bring.For example, blockchain has gained traction these past few years and is expected to develop further in the near future. Unsurprisingly, companies, financial institutions and even governments are looking into how they can use this technology to improve their operations or businesses. Even universities are flushed with excitement and jumping on the bandwagon, offering blockchain programmes to educate the next generation of professionals. According to Coinbase’s research, there has been an increase in the number of universities teaching students about blockchain and cryptocurrencies.They said: “42 percent of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one course on crypto or blockchain”, while such courses are attracting students from a range of majors.

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For several years, eLearning development methodologies that used tools such as Flash and Dreamweaver were extensively used in the online training world. These were time consuming and needed programming skills. So, how can you develop technology-enabled courses quickly to meet your fast-emerging training needs? How can you get better value for your training dollar?Here is an infographic that lists the reasons for you to adopt rapid eLearning development.

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For several years, eLearning development methodologies that used tools such as Flash and Dreamweaver were extensively used in the online training world. These were time consuming and needed programming skills. So, how can you develop technology-enabled courses quickly to meet your fast-emerging training needs? How can you get better value for your training dollar?Here is an infographic that lists the reasons for you to adopt rapid eLearning development.