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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 (see Collaborate through a Class Notebook). 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

To provide students with an access point for OneNote Class Notebook, add a link to the class in D2L.

  1. Go to the course to which to add OneNote Class Notebook.
  2. Select Content from the course navigation bar.
  3. Navigate to the module to which to add the Class Notebook.
  4. Select Existing Activities.
  5. Select External Learning Tools.
  6. Select OneNote Class Notebook.
  7. A link will be created within the module.

Set up OneNote Class Notebook

The process for setting up OneNote Class Notebook involves creating sections, populating content, and adding students. 

  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. 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 three sections for the Class Notebook: 
    • Collaboration Space: This is where students and teachers can work together
    • Content Library: This section is for instructors to post materials 
    • Student Notebooks: This section is what students use individually.
  5. After reviewing these sections, select Next.
  6. (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.
  7. (Optional) One way to add students to the Class Notebook is the setting “Automatically add students from your LMS as they access this notebook”. If this option is selected,  students will be added to the Class Notebook as they access it.

    Note: If students should be populated in the Class Notebook prior to accessing it (for example, if using pre-formed groups), students should be added manually. See Adding Students to a OneNote Class Notebook for instructions. 

  8. Select Next.
  9. 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.
  10. Once finished customizing, select Next.
  11. A page will open with previews of the Teacher’s notebook and Student’s notebook. Review these and select Create.
  12. A processing screen will appear. Once the Class Notebook has been created, a page will appear with links to open the Notebook and to share with students.

Add Students to OneNote Class Notebook

If students should be added to the Class Notebook before they access it (e.g. for group work), they will need to be added manually.

  1. Select the OneNote Class Notebook link.
  2. Select Add or remove students.
  3. Search for a student or enter a DePaul email in the "Add new students" text box.
  4. Once found, select the student.
  5. Continue adding students. When finished, select Next.
  6. A confirmation screen will open. Select Update.
  7. Students will receive an email from "Sharepoint App" with a link to access the Class Notebook.

Add Materials to OneNote Class Notebook

Materials like readings, graphs, handouts, and homework assignments can be created and distributed within OneNote Class Notebook. Instructors can create new pages within the notebook or insert previously-created materials.

  1. From the course homepage in OneNote, select Content Library [A].
  2. Select the tab under the heading [B].
    tabs for content library
  3. Select Add Page.
  4. On the blank page that opens, enter a title for the page above the date. 
  5. 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.)
  6. When finished creating the page, select Class Notebook from the top navigation bar.
  7. Select Distribute Page.
  8. 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.

  9. From the sidebar that appears, select the section of the notebook to which the page should be distributed.
  10. 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 [A].
  2. Select the tab under the heading [B].
    tabs for collaboration space
  3. Select Add Page.
  4. On the blank page that opens, enter a name for the page above the date. This will be the title that students see.
  5. 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.
  6. When finished, 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

Instructors can lock a page to prevent students from further editing or annotating a collaborative area.

  1. Select Class Notebook from the top navigation bar in OneNote.
  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.