The OCTBR (pronounced “October”) tool is a Creative Commons-licensed rubric developed originally for health science instructors, to provide perspectives and resources for building online courses, assessments and experiences.
OCTBR has been influenced by student survey feedback, and excellent Creative Commons-licensed rubrics and tools, namely CSU-Chico’s QOLT (Quality Online Learning and Teaching) instrument, and Joan Van Duzer’s Instructional Design Tips for Online Learning, and reflects on peer-reviewed learning and assessment strategies specific to health science education.
OCTBR is not prescriptive, but offers concrete strategies for integrating best overall practices in online courses, and successful assessment and learning design in the health sciences.
If an instructor or designer has an extremely short amount of time to design a course, they would use the Autumn checklist to consider possibilities for their course. If at least a month is available, rather than weeks, the Summer checklist is appropriate. The Spring checklist is for those who have at least three months to build a course, while the Winter checklist is for a course designed almost a year in advance, or several courses developed by a department or team.
Examples of assessments, methods, and assignments nested into OCTBR include:
ACGME’s Toolbox and Milestones Project
Academic Life in Medicine’s MEDIC series
AAMC Clinical Skills Curriculum
Community of Inquiry (COI) model
Communities of Practice
Critically Appraised Topics (CAT)
#FOAMED & Creative Commons
Gianetti, Radecki-Bush and Hansen's Clinical Skills Inventory (CSI)
Greenhalgh’s series on reading for EBP
Griffin & Novotny’s Interpersonal Skills Rubric for Group Process
Haynes’ 6S pyramid
Melnyk’s Hierarchy of Evidence
Metacognition in medical education
Pangaro’s RIME Inventory
Quality Checklists for Health Professions Blogs and Podcasts
Schön's Reflection in action/ Reflection on action