Blockchain MOOC


Blockchain and Decentralization for the Information Industries
Massive Open Online Course

The MOOC program at the San José State University School Information brings individuals from diverse backgrounds and geographic regions together in an interactive online learning environment to explore the latest trends in the information professions.

MOOC participants do not earn college credit. The open online course is available to the public for free as professional development learning experience.

MOOC Program Highlights

  • Complete all coursework 100% online
  • Enroll for free
  • Explore emerging trends in the information professions
  • Engage in a collaborative learning environment
  • Use technology to interact with classmates and complete assignments
  • Earn a certificate of completion at the end of the course

Course Description

The Blockchain and Decentralization for the Information Industries MOOC will introduce the technologies behind Blockchain, outline guidelines for how and where Blockchain might be used within the information professions, discuss other related emerging systems, and generally make participants more capable of critically evaluating claims and services regarding Blockchain.


  • The course is open to everyone
  • Participants should be self-motivated to learn
  • Prior knowledge of Blockchain is not required


The Blockchain MOOC will begin on Monday, March 11, 2019, and end on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The six-week course will cover topics, including:

  • Overview and history of Blockchain
  • Standards, legalities, security
  • Related Blockchain-like systems, decentralization
  • Limits of the technology, ethical concerns, new types of proofs
  • Use cases in public libraries, academic libraries, museums, archives
  • Future directions

Participant Expectations and Assessment

To successfully complete the course, participants should plan to spend 1-2 hours per week reading the content, listening/watching short video lectures, and participating in the discussions for each of the weekly modules. Students will demonstrate their competency via a weekly quiz. Badges will be awarded weekly to students who complete the material and pass the quiz. Students who finish the whole course and pass the final will receive a Blockchain Proof of Work Badge and a Certificate of Completion from the SJSU School of Information. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the basic concepts behind Blockchain and decentralized systems;
  • Critically evaluate the benefits and challenges of services built on top of these systems;
  • Be prepared to do further research and/or experiment with existing Blockchain-based systems.

Jason GriffeyInstructor

The Blockchain MOOC will be taught by Jason Griffey, an affiliate for metaLAB at Harvard. Griffey been researching, writing, and speaking about Blockchain and Decentralized technologies since 2015, and he recently delivered the opening keynote during the iSchool-sponsored Library 2.018 Blockchain web conference.

Online Learning Platform

The Blockchain MOOC will be hosted on the Canvas Network. For more information about the Canvas Network, please visit:


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