Blockchain Platforms

This fourth course of the Blockchain series provides an overview of the broader blockchain ecosystem. Participants are introduced to other blockchain platforms, details of two decentralized application use cases, and challenges such as privacy and scalability. Course material includes emerging alternative decentralization models such as IPFS and Hashgraph, challenges in broader blockchain adoption, and continuous improvement solutions.

This online course is available on the Coursera platform.

Course Duration: Approximately 4 weeks (3.5-5 hours of effort per week)

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss permissioned blockchain architectures of Hyperledger and Microsoft Azure's blockchain as a service model
  • Analyze the Augur and Grid+ decentralized application platforms

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in a broad overview of the fervent developments taking place in the blockchain landscape, the practical applications that illustrate unique features of blockchain technology, and approaches for ongoing improvements in privacy and scalability.


Review of the content of the first course (Blockchain Basics), second course (Smart Contracts), and third course (Decentralized Applications) of this series

Credential Opportunities

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): TCIE grants 0.2 CEUs upon successful completion of this course for a fee of $25.
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs): TCIE grants 2 PDHs upon successful completion of this course for a fee of $25.   

For either a CEU or PDH, a learner must complete a request form. The process entails providing proof of the learner’s Verified Certificate (VC) issued by Coursera. A VC indicates a learner has completed a course with a passing score (he/she does not receive a letter grade). CEUs and PDHs are eligible for those earning a certificate on November 11, 2019 or later.