Course Management Software

It’s like course management software but so much more. Top Hat helps you create an active learning classroom, import your existing course and leverage Top Hat’s course management tools.

Take charge of your lectures with Top Hat’s course management software

As instructors move towards making their learning environments more digital and collaborative, the need for reliable learning technologies with robust functionality becomes increasingly important. What if there was a way to assign homework, auto-grade quizzes, ask questions, spark discussions, find and use free interactive content and take attendance reliably — all with one app? Well, now you can. With Top Hat’s course management software, any educator can leverage smartphones, laptops and tablets into learning tools. As a result, higher education instructors feel empowered to create an engaged and focused learning environment.

Simplify your lecture prep with Top Hat’s course management software

Higher education instructors can get a real-time grasp on how students are understanding their course material. Populate your lecture slides with a range of flexible interactive question types. Choose from basic (including multiple choice, word answer, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more) or select from our advanced offerings (including video assignments, chemistry drawings, and more). All of our questions are auto-graded to save instructors time. You can also import free interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, a digital resource that houses thousands of pieces of customizable content. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support, so educators are set up for success as soon as they begin onboarding.


Top Hat’s course management software eliminates the need for extra hardware

Our cloud-based software syncs directly with the devices students already own and use, so there’s no need to purchase additional hardware. We also offer integrations with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn.

Take attendance automatically

With Top Hat’s course management software, 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 also auto-assign grades for attendance, rewarding students for showing up and remaining present. Top Hat’s course management software utilizes proprietary market-leading technology to verify the physical location of students, ensuring that only those students actually in class get counted. And, we also built in excused absence options for flexibility.

Seamless lecture prep

Say goodbye to mundane administrative tasks and improve your productivity. Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience when you use Top Hat’s learning software. Instructors can sync their course lecture slides with students’ devices so they can 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

Encourage every student to participate

Top Hat’s course management software lets instructors run real-time discussions, embedded within the flow of a course lecture. Students can choose to participate 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.

Tracking student performance just became easier

Our course management software doesn’t just offer learning solutions. It makes reporting easy. allows instructors to track learner performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and participation — all of which can be uploaded directly into the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time. You can export grades easily to your LMS. And you can analyze auto-graded results to identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.

Students keep learning after class with our web-based course management software

The learning experience doesn’t start and end in the classroom. Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, allowing students to download and study at any time. Plus, you can add digital learning activities like quizzes to offline assignments and coursework to keep the learning experience alive.

Top Hat’s course management software improves engagement

The rise of active learning, blended learning, online learning, e-learning and flipped classrooms means higher education instructors are searching for learning technologies with powerful functionality and capabilities. Our 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 institutions trust us — sign up for a customized demo of our learning platform today.

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What is course management software?

Course management software allows educational faculty members to effectively manage their course syllabus with various automation features such as uploading course material, creating additional course material, copying content with or between courses, managing student grades, and much more. Course management software allows university instructors to create the perfect course—one that engages students and builds comprehension inside and outside the classroom!

Is it easy to create course material in Top Hat?

Managing your course syllabus in Top Hat is as easy. You can add course material right in the app, or get help with migrating your course online with Top Hat’s onboarding team.

Is Top Hat free?

Top Hat is always free for educators. Post-secondary students can create a free account with Top Hat Basic, minimizing educational barriers. Top Hat Pro is available for $30 per student, per semester. Comparatively, each student pays $48 for Top Hat Pro for a one-year subscription. Students only pay once per semester, no matter how many Top Hat courses they are enrolled in. Add-on interactive textbooks are available for an average of $35 per book.

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