Skip main navigation

What is Bitcoin?

Short videos on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency

Bitcoin is indisputably the most well known cryptocurrency. But what does it do and how does it work?

Watch this brief overview about the potential impact of Bitcoin as a payment technology that removes the middle man. (3:24)

Discussion: Have you made digital payments before? How do you think that compares to making a peer-to-peer payment using Bitcoin? Would you use Bitcoin to buy a coffee? To make an international payment?

Optional: View this second video that walks through Bitcoin as a decentralized digital ledger and explains how transactions are created and confirmed. (5:25)

Optional deeper dive: If you are interested in narratives about Bitcoin, the open-source or print-based Cypherpunk Women by Leigh Cuen is a comprehensive anthology. This collection of interviews, essays, poetry, and more provides a range of perspectives on what cryptocurrency means societally.

This article is from the free online

Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-Out

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education