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OneNote is a Microsoft Office application that can be used for collaborative and individual work, with options for collaboration, document mark-up, and portfolio-style work.
OneNote has two versions, a generic version and a T&L focused version called Class Notebook. Class Notebook has some additional functionality, including discrete areas for individual student/instructor interactions.
- Free (university subscription)
- Online (browser-based)
- App (Desktop, Android, iOS)
- Collaborative working in real-time
- Document mark-up
- Freehand drawing tools
- Integration with Teams
- Maths notation
- Record audio, insert video, add files
- Tag work for completion
- Autosaves progress
- Work privately or collaboratively in discrete areas (Class Notebook only)
- Resource areas for access to files without the ability to edit (Class Notebook only)
- Instructor-only areas for discussion (Class Notebook only)
- Integrates with other Office products
- Simple interface
- Saves automatically to the cloud
- Collaborative worksheet-style sessions
- Extremely customisable
- Promotes transferable skills with Office products
Considerations and limitations
- Annotations are anonymous – requires trust in students
- Requires set-up
- Requires a reliable internet connection
- To collaborate remotely in real-time, requires students to access OneNote and communicate in a separate call/meeting application
- Smaller screens may find navigation & annotation difficult
- Annotation works best with a pen/tablet
Copyright information and liabilities
- When adding third party content (such as images or videos) you must follow guidance on making copyright law work for you in your University teaching (useful copyright FAQs can be found on the University IMPs webpages). You may also find suitable content via the university collections or free image sites such a Pixabay, Unsplash and unDraw (always check the usage terms).