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Preparing Students for the Quantum Information Revolution

University of Pittsburgh students study quantum mechanics

Educators have developed modular QIST learning tools that can be adapted to undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Credit: Jeremy Levy

The current educational system isn't prepared to meet the surging demand for workers, researchers, and teachers who understand and can teach the core concepts in quantum information science and technology (QIST).

One challenge in teaching QIST is that there is no common curriculum, in large part because the field is highly interdisciplinary and relatively new. Courses on quantum computing and information are invariably surrounded by a host of supporting courses designed to meet the highly interdisciplinary demands. Those classes cover topics such as programming or computer science foundations, linear algebra, or electrical engineering.

Thus far, research on the effectiveness of QIST-related courses, curricula, and pedagogies has been limited in scope. Postsecondary educators have investigated the nature of students' learning difficulties in quantum courses.

Partnership between academia and industry can be helpful for developing degree programs, courses, and curricula that balance academic rigor with the practical needs of the workplace.

From Physics Today
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