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Abstract Title: The roadmap to a quantum-ready workforce: Activity theoretic analysis of the Quantum Technology Education community
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Abstract: Quantum Technologies (QT) in Europe are currently undergoing an overwhelming expansion. As a result, it is of crucial importance to ensure that education programs can support the development of a Quantum-ready workforce, capable of supplying the emerging industry. To this end, an education community (QTEdu) of stakeholders from across Europe has emerged, with the aim of providing an experimental seeding ground for collaborations, to share resources and best practices, and ultimately develop a "roadmap to a quantum-readiness". Community members interact through structures such as working groups and pilot projects, of which this presentation will highlight one in particular: the QTEdu Open Master Pilot, which is facilitating organizational changes across many European partner universities. These changes are having direct impact on present students, who are now able to access specialized QT courses as part of their study programs. As yet, there is no clear picture of how interactions among actors in a community such as QTEdu filter down to concrete outcomes for students and citizens of the public. Investigating this, I employ the lens of Activity Theory, popularized in the Nordic countries, as a framework in which to develop a theory of change for Quantum Technology education.
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Pantlind Ballroom
Parallel Session: Physics education research in the Nordic countries

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Simon Goorney
Aarhus University, Denmark
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jacob Sherson, (he/him), Aarhus University, Denmark