Classroom response systems like TopHat get ALL students thinking and responding in class. Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org to get set up.
How does Top Hat Work?
TopHat is a web-based classroom response system — like Clickers, but on the web and phones — used chiefly for engaging students with the instructor’s prompts and allowing instructors to assess students’ understanding. TopHat also lets instructors track attendance, annotate slides, ask questions in a variety of ways, and have discussions involving ALL students. With TopHat, instructors are able to gauge students’ understanding in real time through viewing responses to multiple choice, numerical, textual or graphic questions. The discussions feature allows students to voice their opinions publicly or anonymously and receive peer feedback through likes or comments, while the analytics feature offers statistical visualization of student and class-wide performance.
Upload your Powerpoint and embed a variety of question types. (Or do it standalone, without Powerpoint)
Students think, share, discuss, and then respond on their personal devices.
Have groups discuss questions in class.
See and record results instantly.
How are UBC Arts Instructors using Top Hat?
- Take attendance, ask questions, create discussions, manage and annotate your PowerPoint slides, with no time lost in between. Instructors can use their tablets and annotate their slides while walking around the classroom.
- Manage the class: Check whether students are prepared for class. TopHat can be used by instructors to determine which students have completed their readings and their level of preparedness for class discussions.
- Class Participation: Top Hat makes class participation effortless and inviting. Students can easily comment on each other’s responses in live discussions or engage with their instructor’s prompts.
- Active Learning: Instructors have options to enhance their lectures with the inclusion of multimedia, such as videos and images. Top Hat’s interactive exercises enable hands on student learning experiences and guided self-learning.
How Can Top Hat Help Me?
Top Hat makes a lecture feel less like a lecture. Students stay engaged, actively thinking about and responding to class material, while instructors have the ability to upload class slides, annotate and present them to students, in real-time on their personal devices.
With TopHat, a simple slideshow presentation becomes an interactive learning experience; instructors are able to use a wide range of questions and response types, even midway through a lecture, to immediately gauge and respond to students’ perspectives and understanding. Question types include images, graphical and text responses, as well as a discussion feature with an anonymous option, which enables any student to voice their opinions, even in a large classroom.
Top Hat’s analytical features provide statistical and visual summary insights of students’ performance, which allow instructors to easily and quickly gauge students’ understanding and learning progress.
- When using Top Hat, the best results occur when use is consistent and frequent.
- To check students’ comprehension after class, assign homework through Top Hat or ask questions assessing student’s understanding. Possible questions may include: “What questions did you have about today’s lecture?” or “What was the most interesting point you learned today?”
- If students are not able to access the online app through their phone or computer, they can connect to Top Hat and send their responses through text messages.
- Use a timer to show students how much time is left to respond to questions and display the percentage of students who have responded.
- Use the Quick-add feature to generate a new question during a presentation. This feature is especially useful if you have a PowerPoint slide with questions displayed.