Create Online Courses with Top Hat’s Classroom Platform

Create online courses and take classroom instruction to the next level with Top Hat’s course creation software

Classroom technology tools designed for the 21st century

In the past few years, there’s been a spike in the usage of technology in education. Things like online learning, blended learning, online courses, flipped classrooms, MOOCs, and online teaching have become increasingly popular. As instructors move towards making their classrooms more focused on personalized learning, the need for reliable classroom tools becomes more important. That’s where Top Hat’s software comes in. Our educational technology uses smartphones, laptops, and tablets to facilitate engagement, allowing any educator to promote active learning and create an engaging dynamic university or college classroom environment.

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Streamline your lecture prep with technology in the classroom

One of the benefits of using our course creation tools is a more streamlined lecture prep experience. Top Hat’s software allows you to populate your lecture slides with a range of interactive and flexible question types and assess students. We offer basic question types, including multiple choice, word answer, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more. But we also have numerous advanced question types available, specific to disciplines including chemistry, math and more. These advanced questions help enhance your pedagogy and lead to a more innovative classroom.

There’s no need to worry about switching over from a different learning management system or other digital classroom tools, either. Our staff are skilled in instructional design and will set you and your course up for success from day one.

Virtualize your classroom

Top Hat’s classroom technology tools integrate with YouSeeU, a virtual video assignment tool, allowing your students to create and submit assignments via video. This allows for an innovative approach to student learning. Pressed for time? Instructors can import free, pre-made interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, a digital 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.

Our online course software removes the need for extra hardware

Top Hat classroom tools sync directly with the devices college and university students already own and use on a daily basis. There’s no need for them to purchase additional hardware. Simply download our app and away you go. We also offer integrations with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn.

Track attendance easily

Top Hat allows instructors to 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, and 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

A fully synchronous lecture experience

Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience when you use Top Hat’s university classroom tools. Instructors can sync their lecture slides 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.

Run polls or workshops, and ask students questions in class

Gauge student comprehension and understanding on the fly while implementing new teaching strategies. Using our classroom technology, you can embed interactive polling questions between your slides to create one seamless presentation aligned to your lecture plan. And the interactive component encourages engagement and collaborative learning among classmates.

Motivate students to participate

Top Hat classroom tools allow professors to run real-time discussions, embedded within the flow of a 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 students to collaborate and interact with each other, either one-on-one or through group work.

Reporting made easy with auto-grading

Top Hat’s course creation platform allows you to track student performance and analytics 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 virtually in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time so that they can view their achievements. You can export grades easily to your LMS. And you can analyze auto-graded results to gauge comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.

With Top Hat, students keep learning after class is finished

A truly beneficial learning environment doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. Once your lecture is complete, Top Hat’s classroom software allows you to assign slides in review mode, meaning students can then 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.

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How can I create an online course with Top Hat?

After entering your course you will be presented with the course homepage or interface. This is the web-based console from which you will primarily access your Top Hat course for the purposes of creating content, monitoring your course roster, and tracking the gradebook.

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