Active Learning Classroom Software

Top Hat’s active learning tools help you create an active learning classroom.

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Take charge of your lectures

As instructors move to incorporate different teaching strategies like blended learning and flipped classrooms in their learning environments, the need for reliable technology becomes increasingly important. That’s where Top Hat’s engagement software comes in. It transforms smartphones, laptops and tablets into teaching tools, allowing educators to easily create active learning classrooms.

Simplify your lecture prep

Top Hat allows higher education instructors to populate their lecture slides with a range of interactive question types, designed to promote student engagement. We offer a range of flexible question types including multiple choice, word answer, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more. Our active learning learning platform also offers advanced, discipline-specific question types. Examples include integrations with video assignment tool YouSeeU and the ability to use chemistry drawing tool ChemAxon directly within our platform.

To save time, educators can import free, pre-made interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, an online hub that houses thousands of pieces of educational content. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support, so educators are set up for success from day one.

Eliminate the need for extra hardware

Our active learning software syncs directly with the devices your students already own and use on a daily basis, making the learning experience more engaging. There’s no need for them to purchase additional hardware. Simply download our active learning app and away you go.

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Track attendance easily

Instructors can automatically verify whether a student is physically present in class. They can easily take attendance by prompting students to sign in on their devices using a unique code. Instructors can auto-assign grades for attendance. Top Hat uses proprietary market-leading technology to verify the physical location of students, ensuring that only those students attending get counted. And, we also built in excused absence options for flexibility.

Run polls and ask questions in-class

Assess student comprehension and understanding on the fly. Our software allows instructors to embed interactive polling questions between slides, creating one seamless presentation aligned to their lecture plan. And the interactive component encourages students to get active and engage and collaborate with their peers.

Create an active learning environment that motivates students to participate. Motivate students to participate by using Top Hat’s software to facilitate real-time discussions embedded within the flow of a lecture. Students can choose to contribute anonymously, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts, even when the subject matter is sensitive. Instructors can also use Top Hat to encourage and facilitate group work and peer-to-peer collaboration and interaction.

Save time with auto-grading

Track student learning and performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and participation, all uploaded directly into the Top Hat gradebook. All responses and participation grades are captured instantly in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time. You can export grades easily to your learning management system. And you can analyze auto-graded results to gauge comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.

With active learning strategies, students keep learning after the lecture is over

A true active learning classroom experience doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. With Top Hat’s software, you can easily create an active learning experience before, during and after class.

Assign pre-reading of chapters or lecture slides, or create pre-class quizzes to gauge student understanding. Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, meaning students can then download and study them at any time.

Designing a more engaged and innovative classroom is easy with Top Hat

Pedagogical strategies like blended learning, online learning, flipped classrooms and the use of educational technology are on the rise. Our active learning software is proven to increase engagement in classrooms. We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why they trust us—sign up for a personalized walk-through today.

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How do I know this active learning solution will work for my class?

Millions of students prefer using Top Hat. 84% of students strongly prefer Top Hat to other engagement tools. 81% of students said Top Hat helped to increase understanding of course material.

Is active learning effective?

Active learning has proven to be an effective method of teaching students.

How do you measure active learning?

Top Hat empowers professors to effectively motivate students and reward them for the right behaviors. Get regular, ongoing feedback on students’ progress in real-time. Course-correct and improve the content, structure and flow of their course to improve outcomes.

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