Accessibility and Inclusion with Top Hat

Our commitment

Top Hat is dedicated to continuously improving our websites, applications and features to create an accessible and inclusive learning environment for as many students as possible. Our products and services are designed based on the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA and Section 508 standards in the United States.

To ensure and validate our accessibility compliance, a third-party vendor conducts regular audits of the Top Hat platform.

Allow students to learn anytime, from anywhere

Top Hat makes it easy for students to access course materials on any device. With Top Hat’s offline mode, students don’t need stable access to WiFi in order to complete their work. They also have the ability to call in to remotely-delivered lectures and text their answers to questions, removing barriers to participation.

View of Top Hat question box showing offline and poor connection alerts when attempting to submit answer.

Personalize accommodations for all learners

Improve and customize the learning experience based on student needs. Instructors have the flexibility to schedule readings, assignments and tests for specific learners at various times and for different durations. Instructors can also print assessments and allow students to complete them manually if they are unable to participate within the platform.

Modal that allows professors to customize assignments for specific learners.

Make all content accessible

Educational content in Top Hat is designed with accessibility in mind. Digital textbooks and assignments are optimized so students can access them on their preferred devices. Instructors can also include alternative text on images in chapters and assignments for students using screen readers. Top Hat is compatible with screen readers and has keyboard navigation to make it easy for anyone to progress through content. Other features such as closed captioning on videos, and transcripts of recorded lectures provide alternative formats for students to learn.

View of a screen reader narrating the content of a reading assignment.

Create an inclusive community

Maintain connection with all your students. Discussions and a variety of question types in Top Hat invite all students to participate comfortably in class and level the playing field. Plus, check-in more frequently with tools that allow you to reach the whole class or offer one-to-one support. You can expand these conversations outside of the classroom in Slate, Top Hat’s community app, allowing students to connect with each other in a safe space. Questions and discussions in Top Hat can also be anonymized to give learners an extra sense of comfort when addressing sensitive topics.

View of a discussion on Top Hat where responses are kept anonymous.

“Top Hat is an excellent tool for increasing student engagement and determining your success in the classroom based on real-time feedback. It contributes to an inclusive classroom, as all student voices are ‘heard’ and recognized.”

We’re here to support you

Our dedicated team of instructional designers offer instructors tailored advice and one-on-one assistance, helping to provide an equitable learning experience for all students.

For inquiries or more information, please contact us at accessibility@tophat.com