There is a pressing need in Quantum Information Science & Technology (QIST) for new and broader talent. One innovation may be in developing approaches to teaching QIST concepts at multiple levels of expertise (but especially undergraduate to mid-career) to engineers, computer scientists, and physicists. Research proposals are sought in innovative collaborative learning concepts for quantum information science, to include the methodologies, pedagogy, and essential principles that effectively leverage classroom and laboratory experiences to train a diverse quantum workforce of the future. These projects should focus on methods applicable to higher education for the training and retraining of technical individuals that have a range of experiences and knowledge. Practical implementations coupled with evaluation of efficacy are highly desired. Some examples of research activities may include:
- Comparison of traditional quantum mechanics and emerging QIST laboratory experiments for educational use.
- Implementation and assessment of approaches that promise “hands-on” experience interacting with qubit systems.
- Evaluation of incorporating available cloud-based quantum computing resources and simulators into higher education curriculum.
- Integrated research and assessment of pedagogical variants implemented among student populations with varied training and experiences.
- Support for faculty sabbaticals to conduct research in quantum computing.
- Building an individual’s “quantum intuition” through non-conventional educational opportunities such as games and novel experiences.
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