MOOBRIC: A self-reflection rubric of Moodle skills and knowledge (online teaching, course design)

This section looks at the MOOBRIC in a generic way.

What is the MOOBRIC?

The MOOBRIC is a tool for academic teaching staff at Avondale College of Higher Education to use as a catalyst to identifying their current and future online teaching and course development skills.

What is the purpose of the MOOBRIC?

The MOOBRIC has been constructed for staff at Avondale College of Higher Education who are teaching in an online environment to some degree. For example, some staff may be teaching on-campus units with online components in Moodle whereas other staff may be teaching in a fully online environment.

How to use the MOOBRIC?

*See SECTION 2 below for further instruction on how to use the interactive online version
The MOOBRIC is intended as a tool to use when reflecting on your own skills as an online educator, including online teaching skills and online course development skills. Because Avondale College of Higher Education uses Moodle as its Learning Management System, the MOOBRIC integrates the use of Moodle terms throughout each of its components.

How was the MOOBRIC constructed?

Based on the TPACK framework, the MOOBRIC was constructed for professional learning contexts. By developing the work of Lee Schulman (1986) about pedagogical content knowledge, Punya Mishra and Matthew J. Koehler from Michigan State University have developed the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework to identify and describe the types of knowledge required by teachers to work in a pedagogically sound way within a technology rich environment.

Definition of terms

Self-reflection: the process of reflecting on one's practice for the purposes of improvement. The process of self-reflection involves reflecting in practice and on practice. The work of Donald Schön (1983) extended the idea of self-reflection to the realm of professional practice; suggesting that the process of reflection should extend to improved practice.

Rubric: is a tool used for grading or making professional judgements according to set criteria. In the case of the MOOBRIC, criteria are described at various levels in association with the skills and knowledge of online teaching and online course development.

Pedagogical knowledge: is knowledge about learning, how students learn, how teachers teach and assess, and how to use content and technological knowledge for learning and teaching purposes.

Content knowledge: is knowledge about the subject matter of the unit being taught and learned about. The way in which content knowledge is developed may vary from discipline to discipline (Shulman, 1986).

Technological knowledge: is the knowledge of which available technologies are best suited to assisting learners to achieve learning outcomes.

Metacognition: the process of thinking about, reflecting on and monitoring one's own learning processes.


If you have any feedback or questions about the MOOBRIC, please contact Maria Northcote at Avondale College of Higher Education at: or record your feedback at:


SECTION 2 - Interactive MOOBRIC Instructions
This section will help you get started with the ONLINE MOOBRIC and explain how it works.
A bit of time spent here before diving in to use the MOOBRIC may save some time and heart ache.



The Moobric is made up of 3 ELEMENTS

Each ELEMENT has a set of POINTS
e.g. {1.1 - Learning activities, 1.2 - Assessment & evaluation, 1.3 - Communication & interaction etc.}.

Each POINT has a set of DIMENSIONS
e.g. 1.1 - Learning activities contains the set of 5 DIMENSIONS of {Purpose, Alignment, Student-centredness, Engagement & Variety}.

3 LEVELS apply across all the DIMENSIONS (Muddler, Meddler & Moodler).



Each Point is on a seperate page (so 1.1 - Learning activities, is on a different page from, 1.2 - Assessment & evaluation).

Use the menu to move around between the different Points of the MOOBRIC.

To get an overview of the whole MOOBRIC you can click here to open a PDF of the latest version.



Have a look at overview of the whole MOOBRIC (click here to open a PDF). This will help you get your barrings.

As you can see the whole MOOBRIC document is quite dense so we have made it simpler to work with by breaking it up into point-pages. When you arrive at a point-page you will see that all the dimensions are showing descriptions across the 3 levels. You can then look at the dimension-level-descriptions and consider which you might think most appropriately describes your level of skills in making courses in Moodle. You can click on the description-boxes that don't fit for you, which by a process of elimination, leaves the level-description you prefer showing. You can change your mind at any time. You can do this in any order you like and even go to another point page and come back later. You don't even have to stay on the site, but you will need to be using the same computer for the state of each page to be remembered when you return. WARNING NOTE: If you move to another computer, the work is not remembered and you will need to go through the point-pages again.
Also, if someone else uses to MOOBRIC point-pages on the same computer, only the page state of the last persons work will be remembered.

TIP: You could print the state-of-play-page to fill out by hand to help you make a record of yours current work or move it to another computer (e.g. at home).



If you stay using the same computer a cookie will remember the state of each of the points, so when you return to that page the same state will appear. For the cookies to work (remember your work) your computer must "accept cookies".



On any page you can click "print" on the menu to print the current page (point page). You may find it handy to print out each page to keep a hardcopy record of where you were up to in that point. This may also help you transport your worked MOOBRIC state to another computer at work or home etc. When you do print out a point-page you should choose landscape as the page orientation to get the best/neatest view.