Introducing One note and class notebook

What is One Note?

One Note is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of tools. One note is basically an unlimited size piece of paper which you can use to take notes, add tags, create checklists and do just about anything you could image doing with a pen a paper.  As a staff or student at RMIT you have access to this tool, either locally installed on your RMIT device, or through the web interface. 


If you happen to have the default RMIT Laptop, you would have been issued a pen. With the pen you can hand write notes in One note and either store them as hand written notes, or have the AI convert them into typed notes for your. Either way your notes are searchable.


What is class notes?

This is basically an ‘education’ version of one note, it has some very useful features which support teachers and academics to use one note with their cohort, without having to create and manage 1 One Note file per student. As the teacher and owner you are able to manage who can view and edit different sections to have a

  • Private teacher only space (where students cannot see anything) 
  • Resources space where you can add materials which students can view and copy but not tedit 
  • Collaborative space where everyone can share edit and interact 
  • Student’s private space where individual students are able to complete their work, and where teachers can view, mark or provide feedback.  


Why class notes?


Class notes give you the capacity to have students work from a central ‘hand out’ or ‘lab book’ individually and you can view their progress and give them feedback while they are completing their tasks.


There are some other really interesting features available in both One Note and Class Notebook too

  • Immersive reader  
  • This tool reduces distraction on the page. This feature allows students to set up the optimal conditions for them to read it includes the ability to manage the colour of the page, spacing between and within words and more.  
  • Maths 



In Class Notebook there are different sections, which you can control the access and permissions for.

Resources  section 

This is a space where any teacher (owner of the team, or invited teacher for the class notebook) can create and share content to everyone who can access the class notebook.


You can have an unlimited (basically) number of pages within this space


Collaboration section 

Within the collaborative section, you may want to have students work in groups smaller than the whole class. It is possible to manage this.  


You will have to manually manage which students are in which group – but this would be a one time effort of adding students to group feature.  


The more streamlined alternative – if students don’t need privacy for what they are discussing – is to create the sections and use a different strategy to get students to know which group to join. A list announcing groups if you are allocating them, or a ‘free’ selection of which group to join.  


Here is a link with more information about changing the permission for the collaborative section: 



Individual student sections 

Each student has their own section within the book, where they are able to copy pages and notes from the resources section. You are able to distribute (send) specific materials into their section – for example a worksheet or the finalised lecture notes. As the teacher you are able to see all of the students, however the students will be able to see only their section (not their peers) and the common resources and collaboration sections.


Teacher only section – will need to be activated once for each notebook 

To set up a teacher only section (where you can prepare your resources ahead of time)

Open Class notes,

From the tabs across the top select Class Notebook

Then select Mange Notebooks  

From this menu you will be able to click the link and create a teacher only section group.  


For more information on setting up your class notebook see this link –  


Want to learn more about one note and class notebook? – explore this resource built by Sheryl or register to attend the upcoming PD session (Monday 6th July 11am).

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