ZooDAO's ambition is to be the most user-friendly, fun, and easy gateway to DeFi the world has ever seen, so it certainly isn't essential to grasp DeFi fundamentals to participate in ZooDAO and benefit greatly from it. However, foundational knowledge of DeFi can assist you in informed decision-making. It will benefit the savvy students willing to take the time to understand what's happening behind the scenes and the philosophical reasons why DeFi is so important, not just to ZooDAO, but to the world.
"Beginner's Guide to DeFi" by Linda J. Xie
"DeFi and the Future of Finance" by Ashwin Ramachandran & Joey Santoro
"How to DeFi" by Coingecko