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Top Hat

Top Hat is a student engagement system that allows you to ask questions, take polls, give quizzes, and receive feedback from your students during class. This is a bring-your-own-device solution, which means that students can use any web-enabled device (laptop, tablets, smartphones) to participate. With Top Hat, you can submit your answers via text messaging so that students can use older cell phones as well.

Top Hat has been integrated with Canvas so that instructors can sync grading and class roster information between the two systems. Instructors can easily send grades from Top Hat into Canvas.

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Top Hat Classroom helps you build student participation and comprehension. Make every class feel intimate by leveraging students' devices to drive discussion, identify common misconceptions, and get real-time feedback.

  • Organize your interactive course in one place - Manage all lecture materials and interactive questions online
  • Reward students for attending class - Using Top Hat Classroom allows instructors to automatically verify whether a student is physically present in class and auto-assign grades for attendance and participation
  • Motivate every student to participate - Create an engaging learning environment where every student, from the front to the back row, can participate and have a voice
  • Create a synchronous experience between instructor and student - Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience
  • Instantly grade and assess student performance - Track student performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and participation, uploaded directly into the Top Hat Gradebook

Top Hat Textbook helps you improve learning with customizable and affordable educational content. Find existing content in theTop Hat Marketplace, or create your own:

  1. A better textbook experience - Teach with textbooks and course materials that feature dynamic content, are fully customizable to your course, and are always up to date
  2. Find what you need - Choose from thousands of course materials created with Top Hat Textbook in the Top Hat Marketplace, and collaborate in a unique cross-institutional community
  3. Create your own content - Not finding what you need? Use Top Hat Textbook to create and share your own interactive course content
  4. Save students money - Content created with Top Hat Textbook is low-cost or free, helping you reduce the cost of education for students

Authoring Made Easy

Top Hat Textbook provides a uniquely flexible authoring tool that allows educators to create content for courses in minutes. Authors can easily develop and distribute course content that improves student comprehension and engagement.

  • Create bespoke text, activities, quizzes, videos and homework for your course
  • Share your content with your students or with instructors around the world through the Top Hat Marketplace
  • Collaborate in real-time with peers to keep content fresh and up-to-date
  • Save students money and increase their engagement with the material you teach

Build a course your way

Top Hat Textbook is part of an end-to-end teaching tool. One integrated solution means all activities for your course are in one place.
  • One platform makes for painless integration of quizzes, activities and tests
  • Easily track how students are progressing through the course material in one snapshot

Top Hat Assignment allows you to create and personalize homework that helps deepen student comprehension. Top Hat Assignment helps you build comprehension with interactive homework and course materials.

Easily create your own homework assignments

Use Top Hat Assignment to create and customize online homework and deliver directly to students’ devices.

Personalize learning to guide students to mastery

Provide additional support to students by custom-assigning and personalizing homework with hints and feedback.

Track student progress

  • Provide students low-stakes learning options by assigning ungraded homework via the Review mode
  • Use the Top Hat Gradebook to track student progress on all assessments, and export directly to your LMS

Build a course your way

Top Hat Assignment is part of an end-to-end teaching tool. One integrated solution means all activities for your course are in one place.

  • One platform makes for painless integration of quizzes, activities and tests
  • Easily track how students are progressing through the course material
  • Top Hat integrates with your LMS
  • Top Hat is FERPA compliant
  • Top Hat offers real-time learning analytics
  • Top Hat offers market-leading support

Top Hat helps instructors to easily and confidently create, administer and grade exams in a BYOD environment. By monitoring behavioral patterns and offering lock-out capabilities, Top Hat ensures academic integrity remains high.

How it works

  • Create exam questions, or import existing ones from the Top Hat Marketplace
  • Run your exam on the Top Hat app—students can access exams securely from their own devices by entering a unique code supplied by instructors
  • Rely on algorithms to automatically lock students out of an exam if they exhibit activity indicative of cheating
  • Access a real-time proctor report generated in Top Hat to monitor student activity patterns and choose to let students back into the exam
  • Auto-grade exams in seconds and make results available in the Top Hat Gradebook

Build a course your way

Top Hat Test is part of an end-to-end teaching tool. One integrated solution means all activities for your course are in one place.

  • One platform makes for painless integration of quizzes, activities and tests
  • Easily track how students are progressing through the course material in one snapshot
  • Top Hat offers real-time learning analytics

 

Getting Started with Top Hat

Instructors can find resources at the Top Hat Success Center. There are specific resources for Creating and Using Questions or Creating and Using Discussions during class. If you need help signing up, visit the K-State Knowledge Base.

Students can find step-by-step help in the Creating Your Account guide.

Technical Support for Top Hat

Top Hat has direct support at 888-663-5491, chat support, or send an email to support@tophat.com. You can also find online help in the Knowledge Base and Teaching.