Quizzes and polls are one of the best ways to get a read on how your students are progressing. You can use them to highlight concepts in different, interactive ways and encourage student collaboration—but with Top Hat, they also create real-time insights that instantly let you know how your class is doing.
of students said Top Hat helped them stay focused during lectures1
of students said Top Hat helped to increase understanding of course material2
1 Executed customer proof points survey to 1632 instructors who currently use Top Hat (April 2017)
2 Executed customer proof points survey to 1632 instructors who currently use Top Hat (April 2017)
See your students lean into learning.
Create multimedia-rich polls and quizzes to help students apply knowledge in a variety of engaging ways
Choose from 14 question types, including matching, word answer, and click-on-target, that students can respond to on any device
Save time with autograding functionality and give students quiz results instantly
Easily integrate frequent low-stakes assessments into your course, so students can practice and demonstrate knowledge without added pressure
Really valuable insights delivered in real-time.
Every poll and quiz gives you immediate insights to address learning challenges on the fly
View performance at a class or individual level to understand where students are struggling
Get a weekly summary highlighting your highest and lowest performers—and where they are having trouble making connections
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.
Quizzes and polls are just two of the many ways Top Hat enables professors to teach with engaging content, tools and activities in online, hybrid or face-to-face classrooms.
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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