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Slate Course Communication & Community Tools

Build a learning community

Stay connected with your students—in and out of the classroom

When it comes to student success, community is everything. But with COVID-19, and the shift to remote learning, students are feeling more isolated and disconnected than ever. That’s why we created Slate. Slate gives students and faculty a single destination to chat, engage in video discussions, collaborate on assignments, and have more fun—inside and outside the classroom. As the newest addition to Top Hat, Slate helps every student feel part of a vibrant learning community, wherever learning takes place.


of students said Slate strengthened their connection with other students


of students said Slate enhanced the sense of community in their class


Create a more social learning experience

Every student craves a sense of belonging. Make it so with a dedicated space that brings people together. Connect with students one-on-one using chat and video conferencing to help those who need it most. Or use Slate to host discussions on course content, share announcements and your latest inspiration with the entire class. Plus, you can keep the conversation going by dedicating channels to specific topics students can respond to at their convenience.


Connect with your peers—anytime, anywhere

Some of the best parts of college life happen in between classes. With Slate, you can create private group channels to collaborate on projects, form study groups or just connect with your peers. Pose questions to the whole class or send direct messages to your peers or professors and get answers in real time. Already using Top Hat in your course?  You get automatic access to Slate, available via web browser or by downloading the Slate mobile app.

Enjoy in-class live chat, powered by Slate

Bring more fun and interaction to the classroom—virtual or otherwise. Delivering presentations using Top Hat? Slate complements the learning experience by allowing students to discuss the concepts you share, pose questions or react using their favorite emojis. You can also use Slate to host polls, contests and quizzes—all from the same place you deliver your course. A record of the in-class Slate chat is also saved automatically, so you never miss a beat.

“Slate allows me to be more responsive to my students. I am able to have richer conversations in real time rather than waiting for emails back and forth. The ability for students to share together in a common space is profound. We’ve done Giphy competitions on Slate which encourages students to share their content creations. It’s been really entertaining for students and myself.”

Your all-in-one teaching solution

Slate is part of Top Hat’s active learning platform, enabling professors to teach with engaging content, tools and activities in virtual, blended or face-to-face classrooms.

Ready to get started?

Contact us to book an online walk-through of our platform. We can answer your questions and set up your course on Top Hat.

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