Create a collaborative classroom with Top Hat’s active learning software
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 an active learning classroom.
Top Hat allows higher education instructors to populate their lecture slides with a range of interactive question types and learning activities, 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 software 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.
Top Hat’s classroom 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.
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.
Enhance your teaching methods by using Top Hat to offer a synchronous lecture with a focus on student-centered learning. If they choose to use slides at all, instructors can sync them with students’ devices, allowing them to follow along in real-time. Students are unable to move ahead of the instructor, so their attention remains focused on what’s being presented. You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.
Assess student comprehension and understanding on the fly. Our flipped classroom 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.
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.
A true active learning classroom 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.
Pedagogical strategies like blended learning, online learning, flipped classrooms and the use of educational technology are on the rise. Our classroom software is proven to increase learner 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.