“How do I get started? What should I start reading/watching/doing?”
It’s time to address this question head on. Throughout the month of October, blockchainers everywhere are putting an end to this question forever through a collaboratively built blockchain education course. To aggregate our common knowledge, BEN has built a syllabus of 6 chapters, divided up into modules, with each module containing a 7-minute script, powerpoint, and video. The goal is to create a collaborative path for newcomers and experts to create a resource for the public good.
The Syllabus starts with an introduction to digital currencies, cryptography and what a blockchain is. It continues into more complicated topics such as consensus algorithms and mining. Last, the course offers an introduction to blockchain development to prepare for upcoming hackathons and beyond.
BEN is encouraging participants to focus on:
BEN has reserved 4 BTC to divide proportionally to students who contribute content to the #BEM course. Students compete for prizes by submitting modules and winning badges that earn them points. Student’s individual point contributions are compared to the total points to evaluate their contribution ratio. On Oct 31st, BEN will allocate the BTC proportionally amongst all the course participants based on their contribution ratio.
BEN reserved an additional 2.5 BTC to individuals that submit non-course self-created content. This includes written blog articles, graphics, videos, audio, or planned events. Participants are encouraged to tag content that they created themselves after Oct 9th to a module in the syllabus. Participants can tag the same content to multiple modules if relevant.
Don’t be intimidated by making a blockchain course module. Often the information needed in a module is already described somewhere else on the internet and just needs to be made relevant to the course. #BEM is an opportunity for anyone who is new to blockchain to learn more about it and get rewarded for sharing their interpretation with others.
BEN has created a suggestion bank for anyone to make module research recommendations. Perhaps you may not have time to make a course but would like to recommend your favorite video, blog article, or research paper for whoever is willing to take on the module.
Submit your research recommendations to BlockchainEdu.org/bem (submit as many as you like! The more the merrier!)
by Michael Gord
Throughout the month, student blockchain clubs focus their efforts on improving blockchain education. Affectionately named BEM, this project stands on the shoulders of the Bitcoin Airdrop hosted last month. In September, BEN introduced hundreds of new students to the blockchain ecosystem through a global bitcoin giveaway. Thus, after the initial excitement, the next step is to gamify the learning curve for those who have just taken the plunge.
Many regional hubs experience a surge of interest among students at the beginning of the year and we want to ensure that enthusiasm continues. To maintain this momentum, BEN has created a course outline to simplify the creation of an open source course on blockchain education. Inspired by the Stanford Bitcoin Crowd Course Initiative, students will have an opportunity to build micro-courses that aggregate to a complete curriculum in order to help others understand the blockchain and visualize its potential.
…in this effort through our Chapters to win points based on what topics their education videos/slideshows/radio podcasts/etc cover. Multiple prizes will be awarded to teams with the most points and creative contributions. Points will be awarded based on content relevant to modules in the outline.
For the first 9 days of BEM, until October 9th, we’ll be conducting a crowd-review of our outline in order to add any modules that students think are important to cover. On the 9th, we’ll lock in bounty rewards and students are free to start contributing content. While students are free to start contributing before the 9th, no more modules will be added after the deadline to ensure everyone has a fair chance and adequate time to compete for points.
While students may contribute as a sole individual, we encourage students to work with other chapter members as a team, so that they might cover larger chunks of the outline and earn more points. Working in a team (such as a club) will also allow students to play from their strength and use this opportunity to learn as well as teach. Plus, it’s simply just more fun.
Members of BEN can join the #bem channel on slack. Not a member of BEN? Sign-up today.
by Dean Masley