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Collaborative Learning Software with Top Hat

Turbocharge collaborative learning in your class with Top Hat’s collaborative learning software, build a best-in-class educational environment, and designed to improve participation in class, and out of class.

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An all-in-one collaborative learning app for higher education

As instructors move to implement and incorporate different instructional 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 teach effectively, easily create an active learning classroom, and use other teaching strategies that focus on problem solving instead of passive listening.

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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, work together and engage and collaborate with their peers.

Create a collaborative learning environment that motivates students to participate.

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Create a fully collaborative lecture

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 small group work and peer-to-peer collaboration and interaction. Active and cooperative learning approaches such as think pair share are easy to put together with Top Hat.


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 for quick evaluation, gauging comprehension and identifying concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.


In a flipped classroom, students keep learning after the lecture is over

A true active learning classroom doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. With Top Hat’s software, every instructor can easily create an active learning experience before, during and after class. Assign tasks such as pre-reading 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.

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Simplify your lecture prep

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.

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Eliminate the need for extra hardware

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.

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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. It’s easy for the educator to 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.

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A fully synchronous lecture experience

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 instruction—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.

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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 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.

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The #1 collaborative learning software for higher ed

Our web-based learning platform is proven to increase student engagement and improve the learning experience in classrooms . We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why everyone, from the educator to the administrator, trusts us — sign up for a personalized walk-through today.


The best collaborative learning app for teachers

Every student, from the front to the back row, can participate and have a voicePoll students and ask questions

Reporting and assessing is easy with automatic grading.

Elevate your classroom’s thinking skills.

Track attendance easily with our software.

Reporting and assessing is easy with automatic grading.

Make teaching and learning more collaborative.

Capture student responses in real-time.

Improve student interaction and participation.

Hold discussions (anonymous or not)

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What is collaborative learning?

Collaborative learning is focussed around an educational practice designed to teach students by working together hence the ‘collaboratively’ in order to solve problems as a group rather than individually.

What are the benefits of collaborative learning?

Collaborative learning fosters a greater understanding of the topic involved.

  • Boosts problem-solving skills
  • Influences critical thinking
  • Improves social interactions and supports diverse thinking
  • Helps students develop self-management skills
  • Develops communication skills
  • Helps students build relationships.