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Better Than A Learning Management System (LMS)

Top Hat is different from a learning management system, it’s proven to help college and university teachers engage their students. Integrates with existing LMS platforms like Canvas, Blackboard & D2L

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Elevate your learning management system

What if you could assign homework, auto-graded quizzes, ask questions, spark discussions, find and use interactive content and take attendance reliably, all with one app? The rise of online learning, online training, gamification, blended learning, online courses and e-learning means higher education instructors are searching for learning technologies with robust functionality. Top Hat transforms smartphones, laptops and tablets into digital learning and teaching tools. In doing so, our web-based learning system enables educators to create and manage their courses digitally.

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Top Hat's student response solution

Simplify lecture prep with a platform that augments a learning management system

Get a real-time grasp on how students are understanding your course material. Populate your lecture slides with a range of interactive and flexible 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. There’s no need to worry about switching over from a different learning management system, either. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support. If you’re an educator, an instructional designer will work with you personally to set you up for success as soon as you begin onboarding.

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Integrates with existing learning management systems

Our course management software syncs directly with the devices students already own and use, so there’s no need to purchase additional hardware. Plus, we offer integration with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn, so there’s no need to stop using the learning tools you already know and love.

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Automate attendance taking

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. We use proprietary market-leading technology to verify the physical location of students, ensuring that only those students actually in class get counted.

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A course management system that’s fully synchronous

Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience when you use Top Hat with your learning management system. Instructors can sync their 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.

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Make learning more collaborative and increase student participation

Top Hat 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.

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Tracking student performance is simple with Top Hat

A learning management system doesn’t just offer learning solutions. It makes reporting and gaining insight into student progress simple. Our software 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 so that students are prepped for exams.

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With Top Hat + your learning management system, students learn anytime, anywhere

The educational experience doesn’t start and end in the classroom. With Top Hat, educators have a chance to implement a personalized learning experience into their teaching practice and create a virtual classroom. Once lectures or presentations are complete, you can assign slides in review mode, allowing students to download and study at any time. Plus, you can add digital learning activities (such as quizzes) and multimedia elements to offline assignments and coursework, keeping the learning experience alive.

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Top Hat + your learning management system = improved student engagement

Technological innovation has altered the way education is delivered. Our cloud-based learning platform is proven to increase 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 they trust us — sign up for a personalized demo today.

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What is a learning management system?

A learning management system or LMS as colloquially known, refers to an online system designed in-part to house course content that learners can interact with. The depth and breadth of features of a learning management system can vary by vendor.

Is Top Hat free to use?

Top Hat is free to use for educators and instructors. Students pay a fee if you decide to adopt Top Hat in your course.