IJSRP, Volume 2, Issue 9, September 2012 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Niti Gupta, Sonal Chawla, R. K. Singla
The knowledge society is flourishing day by day and demanding new educational practices for imparting learning and education. Teachers or instructional designers comprising world of education are trying to develop new educational practices in the form of presentations, lectures, videos, animations etc. so as to impart education among the society in a better way. There is a need of a system to manage, store and organize these instructional materials that enables their applicability and reusability. Internet plays an important role in wide spread dissemination of these resources among the learning community. Repositories act as hosting areas for these instructional materials. Most searches in repositories return a vast number of materials without any assurance of value and quality, thus making it difficult for users to decide which of them best suits their requirements. Theorist and researchers have advocated a number of approaches for evaluating instructional material such as evaluation tools and metrics, but all these approaches are either unsupported by empirical evidence or based on peer review which provides qualitative results on which statistical analysis is very limited. The basic purpose of this paper is to discuss the current scenario of evaluation of instructional material by reviewing the literature, discuss their drawbacks and then propose a system that automatically evaluates the instructional material in terms of various parameters specified so as to give assurance regarding quality and value.