SEVEN YEARS AGO, when I started tracking digital workflows of creative multimedia students, I could fit the work of one student on one module onto one floppy disk. That meant the sum total of a student's work was around one megabyte when handed up on a diskette or stored on Moodle. This semester, the work of one student in the same type of academic module fills at least one gigabyte of space on Dropbox. If I assume the assessed work is meaningful and evidence of productivity in both cases, the work of today's 2011 third level student in my classroom is one thousand times more productive than in 2003. But that's not a fair calculation--especially since some of those 2003 graduates read my blog and they might take offence. So I'll simply agree to the claim that third level creative multimedia students in Tipperary Institute today are ten times more productive than TippInst students in 2003.
Previously: "Academic Productivity" on 9 October 2003.