Blackboard vs. Top Hat

Blackboard

Blackboard is a learning management system (LMS) that is optimized for distance learning and collaboration. Used in higher learning institutions, Blackboard provides instructors and students with access to teaching and learning resources.

Top Hat

Top Hat is an end-to-end teaching platform that helps students and professors engage before, during and after class by emphasizing collaboration and active learning. With Top Hat you can:

  • Seamlessly integrate with Blackboard
  • Securely take attendance
  • Gauge student comprehension
  • Adopt and customize affordable, interactive textbooks

Blackboard alternative? Here’s how we compare:

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More question types

More question types

Multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, click-on-targets—Top Hat offers a wealth of interactive questions

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Secure attendance

Secure attendance

Top Hat’s proximity-based solution tracks attendance in class

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Large community

Large community

Over 16,000 professors and
three million students already use Top Hat

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Easy account creation

Easy account creation

For both students and professors, Top Hat is popular because it’s easy to use

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Hybrid connectivity

Hybrid connectivity

Top Hat offers support through mobile, web and even SMS texting

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Trackable engagement

Trackable engagement

Top Hat’s graded, interactive questions reveal which concepts to reinforce

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LMS integration

LMS integration

It’s easy to measure student participation when integrating Top Hat with your LMS

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Customizable content

Customizable content

Top Hat allows you to tailor content to suit the needs of your class

Elevate your teaching skills by integrating Top Hat with your Blackboard LMS

Top Hat’s innovative Blackboard LMS integration allows professors to sync grading and course data, leverage the functionality of Blackboard in a physical classroom setting and employ a variety of poll question types online or in a classroom of any size.

Top Hat also provides unparalleled support and concierge services to professors—a service unmatched by learning management systems like Blackboard.

See what these professors have to say about Top Hat

“I created my Top Hat digital textbook to complement how I teach. It’s now an integral part of my class.”

Matt Numer

Professor, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

“My students already have their phones in their hands, so why not turn that into something useful?”

Lorna Profant

Lecturer, Department of Biology, California State University

“Top Hat makes my lectures more provocative, more dynamic and more effective, and that’s why I use it.”

Patrice Dutil

Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Frequently asked questions

Can you help me integrate Top Hat with Blackboard?

Of course. With instructional designers and 24/7 support, we can integrate Top Hat with your current LMS.

How popular is Top Hat?

Two million students and thousands of professors across 750 campuses use Top Hat every semester.

What kind of support does Top Hat offer?

Round the clock support, for students and professors with dedicated on-boarders and training personnel assigned to every professor.

How much does Top Hat cost?

One term costs students $26; for professors it’s free.

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