Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies (Berkeley University of California)

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This course received a rating from a facilitator!

When you signed up, we asked what you hoped to achieve by facilitating a learning circle, and you wrote “Increased knowledge about various cryptocurrencies, how the blockchain works, and the future of currency.”. To what extent did you achieve this?
4

Did anything about the learning circle surprise you?
How many people signed up for the course. There is apparently a lot of interest in the topic.

Do you have any stories from the learning circle you want to share with the P2PU community?
I had one person from my previous course that joined up again. Other than that, everyone was new. Most people were from around my area, but I had more than a few people that are from different countries.

Although most things can be trickier online (through Zoom) it does make people joining from outside the country a little easier. I think I might do some kind of hybrid class next time (Zoom and in person). That way, if people can’t make it in person, they can still participate virtually.

I think that this class went really well. There were 1 or 2 weeks that were more technical and harder to get through, but I think that the information in all of them was still great. There is obviously a lot of interest in the topic. I will be looking for more classes like this in the future.

You recorded in your weekly feedback that 11 participant(s) attended the first meeting. Is this correct?
Yes

You recorded in your weekly feedback that 9 participant(s) attended the second meeting. Is this correct?
Yes

About how many people showed up for the last meeting?
11

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
4

Why did you give the course 4 star(s)?
The course was excellent. However, I feel like some of the weeks were out of order. Certain weeks would have done better at the end rather than towards the beginning. (Week 3 was particularly technical and a little overwhelming for most of the class). It’s also (surprisingly) a little outdated already (even though the class is from 2018). The cryptocurrency field has changed tremendously in just the past few years.

How likely are you to recommend facilitating a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
4

Why?
It’s a great way to learn and pick interesting topics. I am also allowed to choose subjects outside of my section at the library and I really appreciate that. I’ve made a few friends/acquaintances through these programs already. I like the format.

This course received a rating from a participant!

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
I learned about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies with a great group of people.

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies ?
5

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
Yes; I may even re-take the class. I had a lot of fun.

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
The group was knowledgable, entertaining, and overall well put together.

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
These small groups are a great way for adults to learn new skills and converse with others while learning.

This course received a rating from a participant!

What did you hope to achieve when you joined this learning circle?
Understand Bitcoin as a novice

To what extent did you achieve this?
5

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
The environment and the peer to peer pressure to learn

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies ?
5

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
To start investing in Bitcoin maybe after few courses and researches

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
[the facilitator] was patient with everyone and was playing the role of teacher even though he was learning as well. Thanks

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
Peer to peer pressure and good environment to learn

This course received a rating from a participant!

What did you hope to achieve when you joined this learning circle?
To learn more about crypto and digital assets

To what extent did you achieve this?
4

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
Nothing I can think of at this time.

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies ?
4

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
To keep building on learning about this topic.

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
4

Why did you give the course 4 star/stars?
Nothing is perfect -grin-

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
4

Why?
Different perspectives from the learning circle participants

This course received a rating from a participant!

What did you hope to achieve when you joined this learning circle?
A deeper understanding of bitcoin history.

To what extent did you achieve this?
4

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
I learned about how the merkle root is used to verify the merkle tree.

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies ?
5

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
Investing, Educating, Startup Business, Mining and Cryptography

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
I thought that the class length and learning remote worked really well with the lessons. The course was at an excellent time in Bitcoin volatility so it was easy to stay focused and engage in critical thinking. It was super easy to join!

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
I love libraries and recommend them to my friends often already. There was no pressure and purely curiosity driving the learning.