Ryan Williams | October 22, 2022
Blockchain Student Orientation Overview
Whether enrolling in a single online course or an extensive Certification program, you must prepare for the academic and social learning that compose your educational journey. While some may arrive with years of an online learning experience, many will require familiarization with processes, tools, and expectations. Attending this event also allows you to benefit from an introduction to your online blockchain enthusiast community.
We take a simple holistic approach to orienting you to the blockchain industry and the education platform designed to transfer knowledge and achieve tangible outcomes. Beyond the initial programmatic outcomes of a Certificate of Completion and Credential achievement, we strive to provide learners pathways beyond formal education.
Course Design Features and Approach
The world pandemic has led to better online program design. You and your busy schedule deserve the highest level of flexibility, but not at the expense of quality live instruction, community engagement, and timely outcomes. All programs, regardless of duration, include some aspect of live instruction. Most titles take a blended approach. Aspects of your course that do not require community discussions, teamwork, or immediate instructor feedback, are taken at your own pace and on the go with mobile and tablet delivery. Live instructor-led online components of your course are regularly held to ensure you can complete the course and achieve what you set out for in the first place.
- Self-Paced Modules (laptop, tablet, or mobile)
- Weekly Live AMA Sessions (Ask-Me-Anything)
- Regularly scheduled live instruction for most courses (monthly)
- Blockchain low-code labs
- Community discussion threads
- Blockchain Pitch Competitions
- Crypto Trading Competitions with a tier-one investment bank trading simulator
Attending the Blockchain Student Orientation will educate you on how to get the most out of your experience.
Assessment and Student Completion Requirements
All courses include quizzes, or knowledge checks, throughout. Some courses have open-ended questions challenging you to think and imagine scenarios independently. Courses conclude with a final exam, requiring a 70% or greater to achieve a Certificate of Completion. The quizzes and final course exam prepare you to sit for various Microcredential and Certification exams from R3, Linux, Blockchain Certification Association (BCA), and other credible validations of skill recognized by employers.
Competitions: Crypto – Pitch – Hack
The basic economic and academic theory demonstrates that competing leads to greater engagement, learning outcomes, and new ideas. Competition is critical not only in your learning experience but also in the labor force. We encourage you to participate in the Crypto Trading Competition, Blockchain Pitch Competition, and Hackathons.
Microcredentials & AI Proctored Certification Exams
Most courses and all career track programs result in a comprehensive assessment of the topics covered in your chosen course of study. Microcredential assessments are proctored in a standard online format, and Certification assessments are AI (Artificial Intelligence) proctored. AI-proctored exams are nearly impossible to cheat, signaling your mastery of the knowledge and skills assessed to employers.
NFT Digital Badges hosted on the Blockchain!
Passing a Microcredential or Certification exam results in a digital badge image hosted on the Blockchain as an NFT. You can share this credential on social media, on your resume, or within the signature of your email, forever validating your achievement. The MyCreds360 digital badge platform enables employers, investors, and colleagues to immediately click your digital badge to validate your stated achievement.
Instructor and Learning Environment Assessment
Any meaningful learning experience will end with assessing the student experience. To continuously improve learner outcomes, we must ask for your feedback. An overview of questions includes:
- How did the Blockchain Student Orientation impact your experience once your course began?
- Did the course and live instruction prepare you to achieve success?
- Was your instructor knowledgeable and engaging?
Your Outcomes; what comes next?
You deserve a clear path to success, starting with a vision for your future. To learn for learning’s sake is great philosophically, but that’s not why most come to upskill. You may have come to strengthen your existing role. The high pay could have seeking new employment or gig work to build your portfolio. Some retirees are here to learn how to invest in cryptocurrency safely. The bold are here to build a startup and cast their vision.
Learn to invest in cryptocurrencies
“Never invest in a business you cannot understand,” Warren Buffet once said. There is a lot of upside in the cryptocurrency space and a ton of downside. Learning more about crypto before committing any more than 10% of your portfolio or any portion of your disposable income is advised. While this is not official investment advice, it is a prudent measure that can save you heartache. Those equipped with the most knowledge tend to make the best bets.
Land a new high-paying blockchain job
The LinkedIn report on job demand shows that Blockchain is at the top of the list for the top 10 hard skills in 2020. Interestingly, this was the first time LinkedIn made it to the list and immediately took first place. The expectations and promises of Blockchain are enormous, and the world’s expectations are high. While some people are skeptical about standardization, scalability, and high energy usage, others see it as a secure, decentralized, transparent, and cost-efficient way to track all transactions.
Some of the biggest companies, like IBM, Oracle, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Amazon, and American Express, use Blockchain to their advantage. We can see it in various industries as well. This includes Finance, healthcare, farming, food safety, entertainment, shipping, gaming, travel, and any industry the internet touches.
One of the largest recruiting companies called “Hired” released a report showing that the increase in global demand for blockchain developers is up by 517 percent year-over-year. Their average salary is between $150,000 and $175,000 on average.
According to the report from Electric Capital, the number of full-time developers increased by 13% in 2019, and Smart Contracts, Infrastructure, and Defi ecosystems continue to grow even further. Ethereum, Polkadot, Cosmos, Solana, and Bitcoin are the largest ecosystems, with 65% of the developers that joined in 2021.
Build your portfolio
On the biggest freelancing platform, Upwork, blockchain skills are rated number one as the fastest-growing skills of 2020, with an increase of 6000%. The number of jobs related to the Blockchain is on a constant rise. The number of posted jobs is even outpacing the number of freelancers available on the gig platforms to serve all clients. Gig work is a great way to hone your newly acquired skills, build your portfolio, and beat the competition for these high-paying jobs and expansive career paths.
Upskill for your existing job
One of the biggest IT companies, IBM, said they are concerned with the lack of top blockchain talent, calling it a “significant inhibitor” to distributed ledger technology adoption. Fortune 500 companies are now upskilling their staff to remain competitive. Companies of all sizes should consider educating at least one team member about the expansion opportunities.
Launch your dream, and build your team!
The time is now to build. For example, those who started early in e-commerce benefit the most as this emerging industry booms. There is no more incredible experience than a startup experience. That which forces you to survive propels you to thrive in the decade of opportunities ahead. Gain the skills, find your co-founder, and join the blockchain incubator launching in 2023.
It all starts with the Blockchain Student Orientation. Join your community in this event.