The University of Texas at Austin is part of a movement in higher education to use tests to quantify collegiate learning. After the tests revealed students’ learning skills did not improve much during their time at the university, professors have adopted new ways of keeping students engaged in class.
Feb. 15, 2012 University of Texas at Austin biology professor Ruth Buskirk lectures during her Introductory Biology II class using projected diagrams and photographs. To gauge how well students are retaining the material, she will occasionally ask a question, and they will mark their answers using an electronic clicker. This effort to keep students more engaged is a result of what academics have learned from students taking the Collegiate Learning Assessment test. Results show seniors have not improved much in their learning skills as compared to when they entered as freshmen. Nuri Vallbona/For The Washington Post Buy Photo