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Introduction to DAOs: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

Gain the knowledge and tools to join the exciting world of DAOs as you discover DAO communities and the new digital economy.

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Introduction to DAOs: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop your understanding of DAOs with RMIT University

DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) emerge when people come together with a common purpose to coordinate using blockchain technology. They are an entirely new kind of organisational structure.

This four-week course from RMIT University will help you gain a solid understanding of the fascinating world of DAOs.

From the blockchain technology that supports them to DAO functions and how you can get involved, you’ll develop your knowledge of this emerging, disruptive, and exciting technology.

Through real-world examples, you’ll explore DAOs’ capacity to disrupt organisations across all disciplines and change how we think about collective action.

Unpack the types of DAO tools

To understand how DAOs start, you’ll be supported through the tools used to create and interact with them.

You’ll also learn how to communicate with others about DAOs to help you become confident in interacting and working with this new type of governance structure.

Explore the role of DAOs in the digital economy

Next, you’ll discover the ‘why’ behind DAOs. You’ll unpack their importance, what they can do, and their role in the digital economy.

By delving into different purposes of DAOs such as investment, collector, and protocol management, you’ll be able to find the one that interests you.

Discover the DAO community

Finally, you’ll be introduced to the DAO community. You’ll discover not only how you can become part of one but also how you can build a good DAO community.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills to confidently, safely, and effectively enter the world of DAOs.


  • Week 1

    What is a DAO?

    • Course Introduction

      Course Introduction

    • The significance of DAOs

      The significance of DAOs

    • What is a DAO?

      What is a DAO?

    • DAOs and the digital economy

      DAOs and the digital economy

    • Weekly quiz

      Weekly quiz where you have the opportunity to gauge how much you've learnt from this module.

  • Week 2

    The DAO toolbox

    • Week 2 Introduction

      Week 2 Introduction

    • Types of DAO tools

      Overview of tools used to create and interact with DAOs

    • DAO creation tools

      Introduction to the tools used to create a DAO

    • DAO communication

      Overview of tools used for communicating about DAOs

    • Tools for proposing and decision-making

      Overview of tools used to make decisions in DAOs

    • Other DAO tools

      Survey of other important tools in the DAO ecosystem

    • Weekly quiz

      Weekly Quiz

  • Week 3

    Why DAO and where to DAO

    • Week 3 Introduction

      Week 3 Introduction

    • Common aspects of DAOs

      Common aspects of DAOs

    • DAOs in action

      DAOs in action

    • Joining a DAO that interest you

      Joining a DAO that interest you

    • Weekly Quiz

      Weekly quiz

  • Week 4

    Exploring the DAO community

    • Week 4 Introduction

      Week 4 Introduction

    • DAO communities

      DAO communities

    • Financial considerations

      Financial considerations

    • DAOs and the law

      DAOs and the law

    • DAOs and society

      DAOs and society

    • The Future of DAOs

      The Future of DAOs

    • Weekly quiz and final assessment

      Week 4 Quiz

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain The Concept Of A Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (Dao)
  • Describe The Functions And Tools Necessary To Interact With A Dao
  • Discuss The Importance Of Daos
  • Explain The Opportunities And Risks Associated With Daos

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those with some knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrency and with an interest in DAOs.

It is suitable for any age and will be beneficial if you’re looking for a guided entry into the world of DAOs to interact with them effectively and safely.

Who will you learn with?

Chris Berg is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, co-director of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, and author of 'Understanding the Blockchain Economy'

Darcy Allen is the Deputy Director and a Senior Research Fellow at the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University. His research focuses on the economics of Web3.

Jason Potts is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, Co-director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT. His research work focuses on the economics of innovation and new technologies.

Head of Learning for RMIT Digital3, Stuart is an established university learning and teaching leader, an experienced senior educator, and is an active researcher and advisor in the digital economy.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

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    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2022

RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub is the world’s first research centre on the social science of Blockchain.

We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers in economics, political-economy, organisational theory, law, sociology, politics and communications. We work on crypto-economics, business strategy and adaptation to blockchain technologies, mapping the blockchain economy, and identifying the public policy challenges that will hold back or accelerate this economic revolution.

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  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

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