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Top Hat - Student Response System

Top Hat is an interactive, cloud-based teaching platform that enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom using mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, or laptops!

With Top Hat, instructors can:

  • Turn students’ internet-connected devices into teaching tools—with Top Hat, there’s no need for additional hardware
  • Take attendance effortlessly and accurately—our location-based attendance technology means only students who are actually in class get counted
  • Engage your class in a more meaningful way—create polls, questions and discussions that encourage participation and conversation, and give you real-time feedback
  • Create interactive homework that provides hints and feedback to help students master their course material.
  • Track student performance with the Top Hat Gradebook

Highlights of Top Hat Lecture - Attendance, Questions, Discussion, BYOD.

To use the Top Hat web app, your device should be running an up-to-date version of your chosen browser or operating system. You can run the Top Hat web app on the following platforms:

  • Web app (use Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer on a mobile device or desktop computer)
  • iOS app (download from the Apple Store)
  • Android app (download from Google Play)
  • Mobile web browser (use Android native browser, Android Firefox, Android Chrome, or iOS native Safari browser on your mobile device)

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Professor Registration & Training

After registering, follow the links below for Top Hat's recommended tutorial series to help you get started with Top Hat:

Take a Tour - 3 min Video Tutorial

15-min Self Guided Tutorial

Professor: Quick Start Guide