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OneNote Class Notebook

OneNote Class Notebook is an external learning tool that allows for collaboration and sharing of materials and assignments through OneNote. Using OneNote Class Notebook, instructors can provide readings and handouts, assign activities, access student work, and facilitate asynchronous collaboration between students. OneNote Class Notebook can be accessed online or through Microsoft Office. For instructions on how to download Microsoft Office, see the information on Office 365 Education Plus for DePaul.

Add OneNote Class Notebook to a D2L Course

  1. To provide students with an access point for OneNote Class Notebook, add a link to the class in D2L.
  2. Go to the course to which to add OneNote Class Notebook.
  3. Select Content from the course navigation bar.
  4. Navigate to the module to which to add the Class Notebook.
  5. Select Existing Activities.
  6. Select External Learning Tools.
  7. Select OneNote Class Notebook.
  8. A link will be created within the module.

Set up OneNote Class Notebook

  1. Select the OneNote Class Notebook link.
  2. If a login screen appears, select Sign in to OneNote and log in using DePaul credentials.
  3. Once logged in, a screen will open with the name of the course populated in a text box. Edit the name of the course or select Next.
  4. The next screen will show the three sections for the Class Notebook. These include “Collaboration Space” where students and teachers work together, “Content Library” for instructors to post materials, and “Student Notebooks” that students use individually. After reviewing these sections, select Next.
  5. (Optional) Add a permissions for a teaching assistant by entering an email address when prompted. Select Next once the email is entered or to skip this screen.
  6. Make sure the circle next to “Automatically add students from your LMS as they access this notebook” is selected. This will allow the Class Notebook to import the roster from D2L.
  7. Select Next.
  8. Use the next screen to customize what students will have in their individual notebooks. Select + Add Section to add to the notebook or select the x next to a section to delete it.
  9. Once finished customizing, select Next.
  10. A page will open with previews of the Teacher’s notebook and Student’s notebook. Review these and select Create to accept or use the side menu to navigate to a previous step.
  11. A processing screen will appear. Once the Class Notebook has been created, a page will appear with links to open the Notebook in OneNote and to share with students.

Add Materials to OneNote Class Notebook

Materials like readings, handouts, homework assignments, quizzes, and more can be created and distributed within OneNote Class Notebook. Instructors can both insert materials that were previously created and create new pages within the notebook.

  1. From the course homepage in OneNote, select Content Library [A].
    select content library
  2. Select + Page.
  3. On the blank page that opens, enter a name for the page above the date. This will be the title that students see in their individual notebooks.
  4. Enter the content of the page. Questions can be typed directly onto the page, copied and pasted from an outside document, or inserted. Images can also be inserted. See the OneNote documentation for more details about populating content.
  5. When finished creating the page, select Class Notebook from the top navigation bar.
  6. Select Distribute Page.
  7. A dropdown menu will appear:
    • Select Distribute Page to distribute the page to all students.
    • Select Individual Distribution to distribute the page to select student(s).
    • Select Group Distribution to distribute page to separate groups.

      Note: To create groups, after selecting Group Distribution, select + New Group in the window that opens. Then, choose the students for the group using the checkboxes and select Save.

  8. From the sidebar that appears, select the section of the notebook to which the page should be distributed.
  9. Select Distribute.

Collaborate Through a Class Notebook

In OneNote Class Notebook, instructors can set up collaborative activities, where students can add to documents with the whole class or within small groups.

  1. From the course homepage in the Class Notebook, select Collaboration Space.
  2. Select + Page.
  3. On the blank page that opens, enter a name for the page above the date. This will be the title that students see.
  4. Enter the content of the page. Questions can be typed directly onto the page, copied and pasted from an outside document, or inserted. Images can also be inserted.
  5. Note: If using small groups, subpages can be created to distribute separately to those groups. Go through the steps of creating a collaboration page, then right click on the mouse pad and select Make Subpage. Then, distribute the page to the intended group using the instructions below.

  6. When finished creating the page, select Class Notebook from the top navigation bar.
  7. A dropdown menu will appear:
    • Select Distribute Page to distribute the page to all students.
    • Select Individual Distribution to distribute the page to select student(s).
    • Select Group Distribution to distribute page to separate groups.

      Note: To create groups, after selecting Group Distribution, select + New Group in the window that opens. Then, choose the students for the group using the checkboxes and select Save.

  8. From the sidebar that appears, select the section of the notebook to which the page should be distributed.
  9. Select Distribute.

Lock a Collaborative Page

To prevent students from further editing or annotating a collaborative page, that page can be locked by an instructor.

  1. Select Class Notebook from the top navigation bar.
  2. Select the notebook icon (web) or Manage Notebooks (OneNote app).
  3. Under the heading “Lock Collaboration Space” toggle the button to lock the Collaboration Space.

Review Student Work

When students put their work in their individual Class Notebooks, that work is accessible to instructors. Instructors can annotate submissions as well as add audio feedback and images.

  1. From the course homepage in OneNote Class Notebook, select Class Notebook from the top navigation bar.
  2. Select Review Student Work.
  3. From the menu that opens, select the section under which the assignment is housed.
  4. Select Next.
  5. Select the page to review.
  6. Select Next.
  7. Select the name of the student to review.
  8. When the submission opens, select Draw from the top navigation bar.
  9. Use the tools to annotate the submission and give feedback:
    • Select the cursor icon to enter a text box [A].
    • Select the eraser icon to erase annotations [B].
    • Select the pencil icon to draw on the submission [C].
    • Select the highlighter icon to highlight sections of the submission [D].
      annotation tool icons in onenote
  10. When finished annotating, choose the next student. Feedback will sync automatically.

NEXT STEPS

Review the pages from OneNote on Getting Started and Getting the Most out of OneNote Class Notebook.