OneNote Class Notebooks get parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions!

ver the last year, Microsoft has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks.  A common theme they heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom.  In their conversations, they also learned that parents and guardians are curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress.

To address the top requests heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of some new features in OneNote Class Notebook:

Parent or guardian access to Class Notebook (read-only links)
Teachers now can quickly and easily generate read-only links to both the Content Library and individual student notebooks. A parent or guardian can click the link to open OneNote on the web and view their student’s notebook. The teacher can also easily remove these notebook links if desired. This new capability is located under the Manage Notebooks area of the Class Notebook here.


Permissions in the Collaboration Space
Teachers can now sub-divide the Collaboration Space based on student permissions that the teacher assigns for each section into groups allowing project-based learning (PBL), among many other new scenarios. This new permission, located under the Manage Notebooks area of the Class Notebook, enables a teacher to create specific sections in the Collaboration Space assigned to specific students.

For example, say you have four groups of six students each. The teacher assigns each group of students to a specific section. Group 1 can work together in the Group 1 section, but cannot see that the Group 2, Group 3 or Group 4 sections exist in the Collaboration Space. This is similar to how in Class Notebook students cannot see each others private notebooks.

Or, if you have four groups of six students each, then each group of students is assigned to a specific section. Group 1 can co-author in the Group 1 section but the teacher checks a read-only box so students can see the other groups, but cannot change anything in the  Group 2, Group 3 or Group 4 sections.