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121. Central banks have fomo

Simon Taylor is back this week and still coming to you from New York! Of course he is not alone but joined by some fantastic guests:

Sandra Ro – CEO Global Blockchain Business Council
Emin Gün Sirer – CEO, AVA Labs

Together they talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

China Announces New Regulatory Authority to Certify Digital Payments, Blockchain Products
Binance to Open Beijing Office Amid China’s Renewed Blockchain Push
Harbor receives transfer agent license from SEC to help security token issuers pay out dividends
Association of over 200 German private banks calls for digital euro
FATF Releases Guidance on Global Digital IDs as Use Cases Grow
Lone Bitcoin Whale Likely Fueled 2017 Price Surge, Study Says

The Tweet of the Week comes from @thecryptodog about how Xi Jinping pumped bitcoin! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

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Special Guests: Emin Gün Sirer and Sandra Ro.
Links:

China Announces New Regulatory Authority to Certify Digital Payments, Blockchain Products – CoinDesk
Binance Said to Plan Beijing Office Amid China’s Renewed Blockchain Push – CoinDesk
Harbor receives transfer agent license from SEC to help security token issuers pay out dividends – The Block
Association of over 200 German private banks calls for digital euro – The Block
FATF Releases Guidance on Global Digital IDs as Use Cases Grow – CoinDesk
Did Bitcoin Price Manipulation Fuel 2017 Surge? Study Says Yes – Bloomberg
Tweet of the week

120. China takes a swing at libra

Simon Taylor and Will White are coming to you from New York this week, and of course they is not alone but joined by some amazing guests:

Amber Baldet, Co-founder at Clovyr (pronounced Clover)
Mike Dudas, CEO and co-founder at The Block

Together they talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Zuckerberg: Facebook would leave Libra if US regulators don’t approve the project (01:35)
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey says Hell No to joining Libra (16:20)
CCIEE Vice Chairman Says PBOC Will Be First to Roll Out Digital Currency (25:41)
Bitcoin Jumps 12% as China’s Xi Embraces Blockchain, Boosting Crypto Sentiment (30:51)
Visa-backed crypto custodian Anchorage launches governance voting platform for Maker holders; support for more coins coming (37:06)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @ColeGotTweets about the staggering volumes of blockchain related searches on wechat. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

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Special Guests: Amber Baldet, Mike Dudas, and Will White.
Links:

Huobi Japan raises $4.6M in new funding to expand in the country – The Block
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey says ‘hell no’ to joining Libra Association [Video]
CCIEE Vice Chairman Says PBOC Will Be First to Roll Out Digital Currency – Pandaily
Bitcoin Jumps 12% as China’s Xi Embraces Blockchain, Boosting Crypto Sentiment – CoinDesk
China state paper urges calm after blockchain stocks, bitcoin soar – CNA
Visa-backed crypto custodian Anchorage launches governance voting platform for Maker holders; support for more coins coming – The Block

The Role of Flow in Learning Distributed Computing and MapReduce Concepts using Hands-On Analogy

The expansion of technical concepts into everyday business practices suggests a need for effectively teaching difficult subjects to non-technical users. This paper describes hands-on analogy, an innovative method for teaching technically difficult concepts using interactive, experiential learning activities and a gamified exercise. We demonstrate our technique by investigating Hadoop Hands On, an exercise designed to teach MapReduce. Students experienced how MapReduce functions work conceptually by envisioning students as compute and tracking nodes in a Hadoop system and playing cards as data processed to complete two tasks of varying complexity. A study of 56 students was conducted to validate the exercise and demonstrated the impact of triggered flow on perceived understanding. The main contributions of this work are 1) an alternative learning approach that communicates a technically difficult concept through analogy and 2) the demonstration of the role of flow in facilitating learning using this approach. We recommend using this approach to teach technically difficult concepts to non-technical students who can more easily comprehend the benefits of distributed computing methods interactively in a way that complements the traditional lecture approach.

Scaffolding Case Analysis Writing: A Collaboration between Information Systems and Writing Faculty

In this paper, we present a collaboration between writing professors and an information systems (IS) professor to scaffold case analysis writing at an American English-medium branch campus in the Middle East. We describe our process for revising the professor’s writing assignment to make his expectations more explicit and for creating scaffolding materials that we delivered in classroom workshops to assist students’ pre-writing. We provide insights about the positive impact of the writing workshops on students’ writing from an end-of-semester interview with the professor and from interviews with students about their perceptions of the workshops and the personalized feedback they received.

Developing Measurable Cross-Departmental Learning Objectives for Requirements Elicitation in an Information Systems Curriculum

The ability to elicit information systems requirements is a necessary learning objective for students in a contemporary information systems curriculum, and is a skill vital to their careers. Common challenges in teaching this skill include both the lack of structure and guidance in information systems textbooks as well as the view that a student’s education consists of a disparate set of unrelated courses. These challenges are exacerbated by faculty who focus only on their taught courses and by textbooks that often promote an isolated, passing glance at both the importance of and the idea behind requirements elicitation. In this paper, we describe a multi-year, faculty-led effort to create and refine learning activities that are aligned to requirements elicitation learning objectives both within and scaffolded across courses in a modern information systems curriculum. To achieve success in developing this marketable skill within information systems students, learning activities were integrated across the entire information systems major in a process we call Bloomification, where learning objectives, aligned learning activities, and courses are related and connected across the curriculum. This cross-departmental process is presented and lessons learned by the faculty are discussed.

A Teaching Module of Database-Centric Online Analytical Process for MBA Business Analytics Programs

Business schools are increasingly establishing MBA business analytics programs. This article discusses the importance of a sufficient body of knowledge about databases for MBA business analytics students. It presents the pedagogical design and the teaching method of a module of database-centric OLAP (online analytical process) for an MBA business analytics course when a standalone database course is infeasible for the MBA business analytics program. The teaching module includes key database concepts for business analytics, a tutorial on database-centric OLAP, and a database-centric OLAP exercise assignment. The teaching module demands about a half-credit-hour workload and can be embedded in a three-credit-hour MBA business analytics course.

Learning by Teaching through Collaborative Tutorial Creation: Experience using GitHub and AsciiDoc

Learning by teaching is a pedagogical technique that encourages mastery of a topic by having students teach each other. Student presentations, group discussions, and face-to-face teaching are frequently used to have students teach their peers. In this paper, we describe the use of a novel assignment to implement learning by teaching. In a course assignment, learners created a tutorial using the AsciiDoc markup language. The tutorials were uploaded to a Git source control repository on the GitHub platform and combined into a single electronic book. Students were asked to complete their peers’ tutorials and provide constructive feedback. The assignment had several goals. First, students would master the topic chosen for the tutorial. Also, students would gain experience creating their own learning plans to master the topic. Next, students would learn about source control and markup languages. Finally, students would publish the resources to make the tutorials publicly available to contribute to the existing corpus of open educational resources. A survey was conducted after the final assignment submission. Results from the reflection survey show that students generally favored the assignment and found it to be a useful learning experience despite some challenges working with the technology stack. Experiences from the instructor’s point of view are shared to provide guidance for implementing this type of exercise effectively.

119. Has Bitcoin failed? Is Libra losing?

Simon Taylor is away this week, but Pet Berisha hosts this episode in his place! Of course he is not alone, but joined by some fantastic guests:

Aman Kohli, CTO Banking & Cap Markets @ DXC
Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie, CEO BCB Group

Together they talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Facebook Open to Currency-Pegged Stablecoin for Libra Project (02:56)
A Republican senator just gave Libra its first voice of support in Congress after its rocky start with regulators and partners (12:31)
Bitcoin Has Failed But Global Stablecoins a Threat, Say BIS & G7 (15:43)
Circle to Spin out Poloniex Less than 2 Years After $400m Takeover (21:27)
Samsung SDS Partners With Tech Mahindra for a New DLT Product (27:57)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @patio11 about . Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (34:58)

We also bring you a very special panel discussion straight from Corda Con, where Simon Taylor and Colin G Platt caught up with Todd McDonald form R3! (38:26)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guests: Aman Kohli and Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie.
Links:

Facebook open to currency-pegged stablecoins for Libra project – Reuters
Sen. Mike Rounds voices support for Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra – Business Insider
Bitcoin Has Failed But Global Stablecoins a Threat, Say BIS and G7 – CoinDesk
Circle to Spin Out Poloniex Less Than 2 Years After $400 Million Takeover – CoinDesk
Samsung SDS Partners With Tech Mahindra for a New DLT Product
Tweet of the week

118. Libra has to exist!

Simon Taylor back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto, and of course he is not alone but joined by some awesome guests:

David Nicol – Head of Digital Assets R3
Isabel Woodford – Fintech Journalist @ Sifted

Together they cover the following stories:

Payments giants abandon Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency (01:24)
David Marcus on Twitter (04:12)
New Libra Fork Will Create Permissionless Stablecoin Free of Corporate control (08:46)
SEC Halts Alleged $1.7bn Unregistered Digital Token Offering (12:44)
SEC not convinced a ‘real’ Bitcoin Market exists, denies Bitwise Bitcoin ETF (19:38)
CFTC Chairman Confirms Ethereum is a Commodity (24:13)
Tether, Bitfinex Sued for creating the “Largest Bubble in History” (28:52)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @lopp about the state of today’s IRS guidance! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (35:07)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guests: David Nicol and Isabel Woodford.
Links:

Payments giants abandon Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency – BBC News
New Libra Fork Will Create Permissionless Stablecoin Free of Corporate Control – CoinDesk
SEC.gov | SEC Halts Alleged $1.7 Billion Unregistered Digital Token Offering
US House Committee Pressuring Zuckerberg to Testify on Libra: Report – CoinDesk
CFTC Chairman Confirms Ether Cryptocurrency Is a Commodity – CoinDesk
Tether, Bitfinex sued for creating the “largest bubble in history” – CoinGeek
Tweet of the week

117. Blocking Libra left and right

Simon Taylor is back in the hosting seat this week and he is joined by Catherine Rutter from R3 to talk about the latest and greatest news in Blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Coinbase, Kraken and others develop a system to rate cryptocurrencies on likelihood they are securities (02:22)
Blockchain in banking: An inside look at Four Banks’ early blockchain successes & failures (06:17)
US House Committee Pressuring Zuckerberg to Testify on Libra (12:51)
US Lawmakers Ask FED to Consider Developing ‘National Digital Currency (21:04)
German finance minister Olaf Scholz wants to introduce digital euro (23:20)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @StephendPalley about the EOS settlement! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (28:18)

We also bring you an amazing interview with Jason Kelley, General Manager,Blockchain services @ IBM! (29:33)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guest: Catherine Rutter.

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