Lively discussions that speak your students’ language.
Discussions can be a great way to engage students—but not everyone feels comfortable speaking up. Our interactive and inclusive discussion tool sparks conversations where students are invited to share their ideas in a variety of ways, no matter how big the class.
of students said Top Hat’s classroom discussions helped to increase their understanding of course material.1
1 Executed using customer proof points survey to 39,000 students who currently use Top Hat (April 2017)
Make class discussions feel like a group chat.
Incorporate video, images or good old fashioned plain text to spark lively conversations and drive the debate
Students can respond by text, or give more creative answers with emojis and drawings
Pose discussion questions in class, or incorporate them into readings or assignments to foster critical thinking
No student left unheard.
Give everyone a voice and explore sensitive topics by allowing students to respond anonymously
Create a safe space for students not yet comfortable to raise their hand—let them engage using their laptops, tablets and even their mobile phones
Open a window into how your students think.
Get immediate insights from student responses to understand what’s working and what isn’t
Let your students ‘upvote’ responses to so you see which concepts need further clarification
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
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
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
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
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 loveTop 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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