How to measure research productivity? I could measure the number of publications per year. I can always crank up the number of hours devoted to research. But that does not mean I have increased my productivity. It definitely means I have increased my time commitment, but it must be done at the expense of other values. I consider productivity as output/input, but for me, my input is primarily time, so we can simplify productivity as output/time. To improve productivity, I either have to increase my output in the same amount of time or decrease the time it takes to output the same amount. Output in this case can include both quality and quantity. My options:
- I can improve the quality of my research - measured by publications in higher quality journals.
- I can improve the quantity of my research - measured by the number of publications.
- I can reduce the time it takes to complete my research - measured in the time spent researching.
- A combination of all three.
Instruction excellence was also an interesting. How should I measure productivity in instruction? For me, the output is similar to research. I can:
- I can improve the quality of my instruction - measured with current conceptual understanding and long-term rention.
- I can improve the quantity of my instruction - measured with my reach to more students. If I can extend conceptual understanding to more students simultaneously, the more productive my instruction efforts will be.
- I can reduce the time to prepare the classroom environment and evaluate results.
- A combintation of all three.