Careful Vetting Required as McGill University Introduces Yet Another Blockchain Course

Omar Faridi
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  • There are now an increasing number of blockchain courses being offered.
  • Just like ICOs, these courses should be carefully examined to determine whether they're worth our time and money.

MLG Blockchain, a technical consulting firm for blockchain technology and smart contracts, announced on October 12 that it has officially launched its Montreal-based Blockchain Student Certificate pilot program. MLG’s course on the impact and applications of distributed ledger technology (DLT) has reportedly been developed in collaboration with Canada’s McGill University.

According to the Financial Post, the student-led Blockchain certification course will allow learners to gain a thorough understanding of the basics, or fundamentals, of how blockchain networks function.

Cryptocurrency Regulations, DLT Use Cases

Additionally, the course is expected to provide in-depth coverage of emerging cryptocurrency regulations and the potential use cases for digital assets and DLT. Kabir Sethi, who is enrolled in McGill University’s Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s program and is also the co-founder of its blockchain-related course, said:

Blockchain at McGill was founded in order to promote, educate, develop and research Blockchain technology.

Kabir Sethi

Sethi continued:

We are happy to forward our mission with the help of MLG Blockchain. It is good to know that in such a nascent technology, the industry is making an effort to forward the barriers of innovation without leaving the next generations behind. We hope that this certification will inspire students to make their own contributions and inspire a better and more secure future for all of us.

Kabir Sethi

MLG Blockchain’s pilot course is scheduled to start on Tuesday (October 16, 2018) and there will be four two-hour sessions held at McGill University’s campus over a two-week period.

Students who successfully complete all the requirements of the course will be awarded the MLG Blockchain Student Certification. Those interested in enrolling in this course may do so by completing its registration process online.

Commercialization Of Education

Notably, there are now many organizations offering academic courses on blockchain technology - as the University of New Hampshire School of Law (UNH Law) announced on October 9 via a CISION press release that it would be offering a Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law (BC&L) Certificate.

However, similar to how there have now been numerous initial coin offerings (ICOs) - most of which have turned out to be scams or have tried to deliver useless products - it is quite possible, and quite likely, that there will be an increasing number of courses offered on blockchain technology.

Because we are living in the Information Age, where most information and knowledge can easily be acquired for free through the internet, it is worth carefully evaluating whether a course on innovative technology is worth one’s time and money.

As covered on CryptoGlobe, academic courses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies must be taught by professionals with the appropriate academic background, or credentials, and relevant industry experience.