In a previous article we talked about using Class Notebook’s collaboration space for group work. This article looks at how you can use another part of Class Notebook – the Student Notebook – to view student work and provide formative feedback, including audio and video feedback..
What is Class Notebook?
Part of the Class Teams feature in Office 365, Class Notebook is a digital notebook for your group where students and teachers can share work with each other. Each Class Notebook includes 3 areas:
A read-only space where teachers can share content with students.
An area where students and teachers can edit content collaboratively.
An area of the class notebook for each student on the Team. These are shared between the individual student and the teacher but can’t be seen by other students. Teachers can see inputs by students in real-time and add comments and feedback.
Using student Notebooks to provide formative feedback
You can ask students to record work in a Class Notebook student Notebook Page.
Each page in a Student Notebook is a blank canvas. Students can add their work onto this blank page or you can add some initial content or a template to the page for students
to add their work to.
Structuring the Student Notebook
You can provide students with a structure within their notebook, by providing named sections and pages to guide them through a project or module. Or you can give them free-reign to create their own sections.
What can your students do on a notebook page?
- Type or write freehand
- Record audio
- Attach files and video recordings
- Embed multi media content such as YouTube – see a list of all embeddable platforms
- Add images and screen clippings
- Insert quizzes and surveys using MS forms
- Work on Maths equations
Providing formative feedback on a Student Notebook
By selecting the ‘Review student work’ option you can go through each student’s notebook and add comments. You can use pen tools to draw, underline or highlight sections as well as adding text comments or recording audio or video feedback. Your text, audio and video comments can be place wherever you wish on the page.
Some ways to use the Student Notebooks
Set work for formative assessment and feedback
Within student notebooks, set pieces of work that you will look at and provide feedback on at key points. Provide feedback that will appear directly on the page.
Portfolio or logbook
Ask students on a specific area of learning such as a group project, industry placement or research project to keep a portfolio evidencing the development of their work. You can access the portfolio and provide feedback at key points.
Structure the students’ notebooks to reflect the structure of the module and provide spaces for them to take notes, in the various lectures, seminars and self-directed learning.
More information on using class Notebook
You can find more information on how to use Class Notebook from this Microsoft Support web page
DMU staff who would like to attend a workshop introducing Class Notebook should check the DMU hub for dates.