Feature: Interactive Labs
Level up your students'lab experience.
Still using static lab manuals? It’s time to tap into the power of visual learning with Top Hat. Engage your students with dynamic questions and video demonstrations, and give a richer, more engaging pre- and post-lab experience for high quality, consistent learning. Plus, our platform makes it easy to create or adopt customizable lab manuals to teach your course, your way.
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of students agree that Top Hat is more engaging than most other educational products they have used in college
Dynamic labs for digital-first students.
Tailor pre- and post-lab content by editing text, embedding videos, and adding supplemental resources—or create your own using our authoring tools
Make complex concepts digestible with interactive diagrams, animations and recorded demonstrations
Incorporate pre-lab assessments to get immediate insights into comprehension and make the most of your time with students
Managing multiple labs made easy.
Manage classes and graduate assistants through one platform to ensure a consistent experience for everyone
Reduce admin time with auto-graded questions and automatically compile results in the Top Hat gradebook or your Learning Management System
Easily view grades and participation data at a student, class or program level
Actionable data for evolving teaching.
Every interaction in Top Hat leads to actionable data you can use to help students and personalize your teaching
Capture results from graded discussions in the Top Hat gradebook, along with quizzes, polls, and tests
See how your students are responding to material in class and out, so you know who needs extra support
Easily integrate with LMS platforms like Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Sakai
Tools for teaching, learning, and engaging.
Interactive Labs are just one of the many ways Top Hat enables professors to teach with engaging content, tools and activities in online, hybrid or face-to-face classrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Top Hat gradebook houses every digital interaction between instructors and students. The results from attendance, quizzes, tests and assignments (including correctness and participation data) are available in the gradebook. Sync your Top Hat folders and course roster with your LMS at the start of the semester, and you’ll be given the option to include student grades as part of your sync. All data housed in our gradebook will now be automatically available in your LMS. We offer seamless integrations with all major LMS providers including Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle and Sakai
There are a number of benefits to using educational software in the classroom, including: The ability to easily track student progress, like participation and performance data, which can influence the pace and breadth of instruction. Customizing content keeps learning relevant and up to date by adding case studies and research, as well as supplementing learning materials with assessments or discussion questions. Reduce administrative tasks through autograding functionality and by centralizing course preparation and organization. Make learning more engaging through interactive readings and assignments outside of class and using polls, quizzes and multimedia elements in class to encourage students to participate and apply their knowledge. Improve flexibility and accessibility for students by centralizing resources in one place for them to use in class, at home, or on the go through Internet-connected devices.
There are literally hundreds of educational software tools available on the market today. Choosing the right option depends on your goals. Perhaps it's improving student engagement, encouraging collaboration between students or getting better insights into progress and performance. One thing to keep in mind is the potential impact on students (and faculty) in terms of the cost and added complexity that may come with using multiple tools. Top Hat conveniently provides a single platform you can use to manage your course and provide an engaging and interactive learning experience before, during and after class.
Institutions use a variety of different learning platforms. The backbone for most is typically a learning management system (LMS) such as Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle and Sakai. These platforms serve as a system of record, enabling instructors to plan and manage their courses, while measuring student progress with gradebooks. Many instructors use additional tools, including student response systems, digital courseware and testing software to engage students, provide access to learning materials (including interactive, digital textbooks), as well as give assignments and secure tests and exams. What makes Top Hat unique is that it complements learning management systems by serving as the student engagement layer, while helping to eliminate the need for additional tools that add cost and potential friction for students and faculty. Top Hat is currently used by 750 of the top 1,000 postsecondary institutions to deliver interactive readings and assignments, host polls and discussions, manage assessments and gain rich insights into student progress and performance to enhance the learning experience.
Why educators and students love Top Hat.
“I use Top Hat to assign online homework and create in-class interactive activities. Overall, Top Hat lowered the DFW rates and improved student performance in my course.”
Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Top Hat makes me feel more confident that what I am teaching is working well. It definitely keeps students engaged; they are less likely to wander away from the lecture.”
Professor, Baruch College
“The entire platform was extremely user friendly; I wish that my entire university used this platform rather than just this one teacher.”
Student, University of Southern Maine
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