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Mobas – mobile checklists enabling authentic workplace assessment

Mobas was a web application that (is actually still going…) enables vocational education students and teachers to create, complete and submit formative and summative assessments from their smartphone or other Internet enabled device – it was funded by the E-learning for Participation and Skills project for the National e-Learning Strategy and released in 2012/2013.


National VET e-Learning Strategy and the students and teachers at Box Hill Institute


Web application/Moodle learning management system (LMS) with a custom plug-in.


Students, teachers and workplace supervisors who are undertaking and facilitating training and assessment in the workplace, specifically trades such as carpentry, plumbing and automotive.

My role – learning designer

  • Work with the project manager and project director to determine assessment templates that would be most relevant to the students, workplace and industry.
  • Map proposed assessment templates to relevant units of competency
  • Design mockups for the specified assessment templates
  • Work with multimedia development, design and infrastructure team to design user interface elements, functionality and user experience.
  • Write instructional copy for Mobas and Moodle LMS.
  • Report to the project manager and the project director on the completion of allocated tasks.
  • Test and evaluate assessment templates throughout production cycle and provide feedback as required. 
  • Facilitate training sessions for students and teachers and co-present information sessions for project stakeholders and management.
  • Naming rights – I titled the web application as ‘Mobas’.

Watch the project team share their reflections on the project and the value that Mobas brings to teaching and learning in the VET sector.

Log in screen of Mobas
The work diary assessment template – students can add an entry (offline) which is then uploaded to the LMS.

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