Research by SRI International and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that there was a positive correlation between student grades and the amount of time spent logged into OER platforms or MOOC providers. Researchers visited schools, districts, and CMOs; made classroom observations; interviewed organization and school leaders as well as teachers, parents, and students; conducted teacher and student surveys; and analyzed students’ user log files over the school year.
For Kahn Academy users it was found that there is a correlation between the number of minutes a student spends on Khan Academy and test scores.
Similar patterns were found with users of EdX, Udacity and Google Course Builder. While this is an encouraging picture with respect to the OER Research Hub hypothesis about student performance it should be noted that this evidence is corroborative rather than establishing that OER use directly leads to improved performance – but do support the idea that active participation is key to learning and can be supported by OER.