Top Hat, the leading active learning platform for higher education, has announced a strategic partnership agreement with independent textbook publisher Fountainhead Press to offer high-quality, affordable course materials. This partnership is built on the shared values of creating a more engaging and effective course experience, while reducing the financial burden on post-secondary students.

High-quality content, on an easy-to-use platform

Since 2002, Fountainhead Press has worked closely with colleges and universities to develop personalized, content-rich course materials. Beginning this fall, this content will also be delivered directly on Top Hat’s easy-to-use, active learning platform. To enable this, Fountainhead Press content will be digitized and include interactive elements, all of which can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual course.

”Engagement is a clear factor in student success in higher education,“ said Mike Silagadze, co-founder and CEO of Top Hat. ”That’s what our partnership with Fountainhead Press enables. We believe that professors, when empowered with great content and the right tools, can drive remarkable student success.“

A wealth of teaching tools for professors

In addition to interactive versions of Fountainhead Press’s much-loved textbooks, professors across North America will also now have access to Top Hat’s in-class engagement solutions. These include participation tools that allow educators to take attendance, launch polls and discussions, and get real-time feedback on class progress, all by leveraging students’ personal devices.

”We are thrilled to partner with Top Hat,“ said Scott Timian, co-founder and CEO of Fountainhead Press. ”We built our company by working with institutions to create personalized, affordable custom content. Partnering with Top Hat allows us to expand our mandate. With our content on Top Hat’s platform, customers can now track student comprehension before, during and after class to improve outcomes.“

An emphasis on affordability for students

This partnership also allows both Top Hat and Fountainhead Press to pursue their joint mission of making higher education more affordable for post-secondary students. In the United States alone, student debt has ballooned to over $1.5 trillion dollars, and graduation rates have dropped to less than 60 percent. ”To me, it’s unacceptable that any student is forced to choose between paying for their textbooks or paying for their food,“ said Silagadze.

Together, Fountainhead Press and Top Hat are offering students high-quality course materials and a more engaging learning experience, while reducing what students spend on course materials so that they leave college or university with less debt.

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About Top Hat:

Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching platform. To learn more, visit

About Fountainhead Press:

Since 2002, Fountainhead Press has worked to disrupt the overpriced, inflexible textbook market by developing higher ed content in collaboration with creative and innovative professors. Fountainhead Press continues to help professors give students perfectly priced, expertly tailored textbooks. For more information, visit