OK, Microsoft has again just changed the way of how teachers can and will use their Software in classrooms! In my OneNote workshops there was always one question asked in the end: „Can you do assignments or tests with OneNote?“. Until now I had to switch to other tools for (online) automatic testing or collecting feedback or – as in my case – do lots of tests on paper. But as the the Office 365 environment grows steadily it was just a matter of time, when you can make use of all the splendid apps and functionality across the different apps. Yesterday I got to know, that you can embed Office Forms into OneNote pages!
As I have written earlier on my blog, Office Forms gives a teacher the power of online testing and as Office Forms is evolving steadily (e.g. you can now choose different designs) there are more and more features coming from week to week. I love the clean design and the creation process is very easy too. In addition I get an Excel summary spreadsheet with detailed stats of the answers and so I can (if the students are logged in with their Office 365 Account) get good feedback/results.
You can try an Office Form here:
Testing within OneNote
It all started with the YouTube embed feature a half year ago, but now more and more apps/websites are added to the embed feature of OneNote. Just simply copy the URL of your Office Form and paste it into a OneNote Page (it works in the OneNote App, in OneNote 2016 and in OneNote online!). You get a container for the Office Form and you and (given the correct rights) you can answer the form from within OneNote.
This is truly powerful in a classroom setting. I imagine a digital assignment with a „test“ or a questionnaire at the end, so that every student has to give feedback or prove his learning. Thanks to Office Forms I can get a quick overview of the results! I simply put an Office Form at one page or even within a longer assignment into the OneNote class notebooks and distribute this by using the Classnotebook Addin. I am also thinking about creating more than just one form, so that you can establish great blended learning scenarios. I think about giving homework where you have to put in solutions and written answers into the Office Form and the student can receive immediate feedback.
I was always hoping for this kind of functionality within OneNote to get a „full Learning Management System“ (like Moodle or edmodo), but this „solution“ with embedding Office Forms into OneNote pages is far more interesting, as I can put the form in- our outside the OneNote environment and therefore it can be used in different scenarios.
The next (logical) step for me, would be a connection between Office Forms and Microsoft classroom. If one student has finished the Office Form it should be automatically graded and put into his/her Microsoft classroom dashboard! Hey Microsoft! Would you please do me another favor?