What is Top Hat?
Top Hat is a cloud-based teaching tool that leverages student devices to increase in-class engagement and real-time feedback. Instructors can engage students in and outside of the classroom with interactive slides, graded questions, customized content, videos, discussions, and polls. Top Hat can be used in a live classroom or online, providing options for quizzing, polls, tests, in class discussions, interactive textbooks, assignments and attendance tracking. It can be integrated into Canvas and students can use a Top Hat app on Apple or Android mobile devices and offers options for synchronous and asynchronous conversations.
Accessibility & Privacy
If using this tool, including the following links in your course help meet Quality Matters (QM) Standards 6.4 and 8.6, respectively:
Some features may not meet accessibility guidelines. It is recommended that interested instructors contact the Penn State Accessibility Office for details, and to consider designing an equally effective alternate access plan.
At a Glance
person Availability: Students, Faculty, Staff
paid Cost: Free to PSU
smartphone Mobile App: Yes
web Canvas Integration: Yes
dvr Supported Technologies: Computer, Mobile device, Webcam, Microphone, Internet
alarm Learning Curve: 2 hrs +
- Create a Classroom Community
- Disseminate Info / Deliver Content
- Have Asynchronous Conversations
- Have Synchronous Conversations
- Increase Student Collaboration Outside of Class
- Increase Student Participation
- Obtain Student Feedback
- Support Research and Development
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