Digi know: OneNote for Educators


Microsoft OneNote is a freely available tool (https://www.onenote.com/download) which allows you to take, structure and collaborate on digital notes. These can be screen clippings, drawings, photographs, typed/handwritten notes and audio/video clips.


OneNote on a desktop machine

It is available for use at the institution from your work computer and is also available for download on your personal devices, this includes tablets and smartphones.

One way to think about OneNote in relation to the physical world is a scrapbook, or ring binder. For example, previously you might have kept a physical folder for session notes, tutorials etc… OneNote can be an effective digital replacement for this.


Physical folder of teaching material

OneNote can also be an excellent planning tool, allowing you to collate lots of materials which can then be organised into something which begins to make sense regarding a course or a given lesson.


Digital folder of teaching material

OneNote has an extensive set of features which can be explored in detail via the following webpages. For more guidance please contact the Learning Technology Team on tel@derby.ac.uk.


TEL me more about…OneNote

4. DiaryOne of the tools discussed at the last TEL me more event was OneNote a Microsoft tool which enables you to create digital notebooks which you can then access online either via an App on your mobile device or via an internet browser. The University has this available as part of Office365 and using these login details you can then access OneNote and create notebooks which are then saved securely within your user area. OneNote can be used to collect thoughts and ideas, to-do lists, capture images of documents, whiteboards, or take clips from websites all organised within a Notebooks.

So how can this be used for learning and teaching?

The tool itself has a wide range of applications for eduction and the TEL team are only just starting to explore what its potential is for supporting learning and teaching. Some ideas from the team so far include:

For students:

  • Collaborative note taking of lectures
  • Organising group work
  • Building a portfolio
  • Collecting research notes
  • Writing a reflective journal
  • Planning an assignment

For staff:

  • Providing templates to students for them to complete for assessment (e.g. portfolio template)
  • Recording feedback of student presentations based on a pre-defined template
  • Adding hand written notes alongside types notes

If you would like to explore further how OneNote could be used for learning, teaching and assessment please contact tel@derby.ac.uk

TEL me more – December

The Solitude of WinterDecember’s TEL Me More was attended by several people and rather than presentations a general discussion was held.

We talked about media based scenarios which can be used for formative and summative assessment. For example we had a demonstration of the Substance misuse videos that were created for Health and Social Care students by the TEL team.  These videos allow students to explore carefully constructed scenarios that help them build up an understanding of a case study.

We also discussed a range of apps that could be used to support learning and teaching such as OneNote and Sli.do. The TEL team will be promoting a wide range of apps in the New Year, look out for our ‘Appy Mondays campaign.

This month’s TEL Me More also coincided with our first College based TEL Me More session, where Socrative was demonstrated by an academic in the College of Life and Natural Science, who had been using it with her students after seeing it demonstrated at a previous TEL event. Socrative was used to poll the group on a range of TEL related topics as part of the demonstration on how to set it up and was then use to tie in an important question raised by the College Dean as part of Dean’s Question time.