Top Hat

Top Hat is the end-to-end higher education teaching platform

About Top Hat

Top Hat is an online teaching platform designed to help professors and educators engage their students and build comprehension before, during, and after classes. The software offers solutions for delivering interactive courses, customizing digital textbooks, assigning homework, and securely administering assessments.

Top Hat automates a variety of common, repetitive tasks to free up teachers' time, such as taking attendance and grading homework. Built-in assessment tools allow users to tracks students' progress throughout the term, with in-class questions and polls in addition to assigned homework, and provide feedback in real time to course-correct when necessary. Top Hat also aims to enhance student engagement with courses through integrated graphics and videos, customized interactive textbooks, class discussions, and lesson gamification.

Top Hat's assessment solution allows students to take tests through their own device, whether a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, without downloading any software. Instructor-generated codes control access to the exam, and a proprietary behavioral algorithm automatically detects cheating. Homework tasks can be assigned to individuals or groups through the assignment solution, and users can create custom questions, import their existing materials, or choose free question packs in the Top Hat marketplace.

Pricing starting from:

US$48.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Top Hat

• Top Hat Classroom provides users with tools for delivering interactive courses to engage students, including attendance tracking through students' devices, embedded questions in presentations, real-time polls, and response data visualization.

• With Top Hat Textbook, users can create custom digital textbooks for their students, utilizing videos, animations, and questions interspersed within content to engage learners.

• Top Hat Assignment enables the assignment of homework tasks to individual students or groups, with options for importing existing materials, auto-grading of answers, and real-time feedback.

• Assessments can be managed and securely administered through students' own devices with Top Hat Test, which uses proprietary behavioral algorithms to detect cheating and automatically lock out students.

• Top Hat automates a range of common repetitive tasks, such as attendance taking and test grading, allowing users to focus their attention on important activities.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$48.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Top Hat

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Top Hat Software - Interactive questions can be embedded within course presentations
Top Hat Software - Users can view the average score and participation for each question
Top Hat Software - Assessments can be created and managed, and student behavior is automatically monitored to detect cheating
Top Hat Software - Attendance can be recorded using students' devices
Top Hat Software - Homework can be assigned to individuals or groups, and graded automatically
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Top Hat Software - Interactive questions can be embedded within course presentations
Top Hat Software - Users can view the average score and participation for each question
Top Hat Software - Assessments can be created and managed, and student behavior is automatically monitored to detect cheating
Top Hat Software - Attendance can be recorded using students' devices
Top Hat Software - Homework can be assigned to individuals or groups, and graded automatically

Features

Total features of Top Hat: 67

  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking Software
  • Blended Learning
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management Software
  • Communication Management
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Questions
  • Data Analysis Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization Software
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification Software
  • Gradebook Software
  • Higher Education Software
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learner Portal
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Results Sharing
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Question Types
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Proctoring
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing Software
  • Session Recording
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Test/Quiz Creation
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Two Way Audio & Video
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom Software

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Reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5
(38)
Value for Money
2.9/5
Features
3.7/5
Ease of Use
3.9/5
Customer Support Software
3.8/5

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Vaidas
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Excellent for its purpose in education

Reviewed on 5/26/2022

Overall, I have had positive experience with the platform and I would encourage educators to at...

Overall, I have had positive experience with the platform and I would encourage educators to at least take a look and decide if it suits for you. There is no 'one size fits all' approach in higher education.

Pros

I have used the platform for years. Started using it to take attendance, but then transitioned to a more inclusive approach. What I like the most is that you can setup your lecture flow with PowerPoints, include quizzes/assessment points throughout, include videos (or other multimedia), and export grades/attendance at the end. There are a lot of small features that can be catered to individual faculty needs, such as types of questions, integration, etc. Their tech support is excellent! They helped me transition my course to tophat in no time.

Cons

I liked everything about the platform as it suited my needs. My only issue is the pricing model where the students have to pay for access individually. Not all of my students have the means to pay for access (which can really impact their grade if they don' use the platform). However, there is a discount if the platform is used in multiple classes. I also think they have site licenses, too.

SB
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  • Industry: Higher Education Software
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Easy to use and helpful features

Reviewed on 10/25/2018

Overall I am pretty happy with Top Hat. It would definitely fall in the upper end of programs I...

Overall I am pretty happy with Top Hat. It would definitely fall in the upper end of programs I have used. The students also seem to enjoy it as well.

Pros

I was able to log into Top Hat and immediately start using it without any training. It’s a pretty intuitive site. Seeing the grades and attendance is straightforward and has been easier to edit than other programs that I have used.

Cons

When students are submitting their quizzes or comments there is major lag time and I am not sure if that is because of the software or internet connectivity. I am never entirely sure if I know how many people have turned in their questions. Until about 3 minutes after the questions is over. Also, I wish there was a way to edit slides when they are posted into Top Hat because when I upload sometimes the slides become distorted and I need to make the text smaller or rearrange it so that it fits on the screen and can be read. Also, sometimes the link to videos do not work.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

It works, but isn't the most cost effective solution

Reviewed on 8/18/2019

Pros

Students answer questions in real time and the percentages of what answers were chosen can then be displayed.

Cons

As a student who had to use the software, the cost can be annoying. You have to pay based on how long you think you'll need the software, which you won't always know if you're not sure whether future classes will use the software. For example, you might decide to pay for 1 years use because it's "cheaper" over time, but you only ended up having a class use it for 3 months. So you wasted money paying for the rest of the subscription and the company gets more money from struggling college students. And of course, the opposite could happen where you pay for 1 quarter, then another classes uses it and you'd have to pay for it again.

Before Top Hat came along, iClicker was the more commonly used tech and does the same job. With iClicker, you only had to pay one time for the remote and then you could sell the remote to another student, which was much more cost effective for students.

Graham
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  • Industry: Higher Education Software
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Testing my students

Reviewed on 1/31/2021

I could not run in class quizzes without this software. It has made this part of the course easy...

I could not run in class quizzes without this software. It has made this part of the course easy to administer.

Pros

This software has made giving in class quizzes very easy. I use it every semester and have had a great experience with administering the quizzes and grading them. It has made it easy to go over material and to provide immediate feedback.

Cons

I would like them to add a feature that allows for grading of word answers. I have to look at all the different spellings of a word. It would be nice to have a wild card or contains option for answers

Shaylynn
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Top Hat Student Review

Reviewed on 11/27/2018

It has helped me so much with this class. It has given me a new way to go about grasping the...

It has helped me so much with this class. It has given me a new way to go about grasping the material and I would highly suggest it to other people.

Pros

I used it in my economics class, and we had embedded questions within our chapters. It really makes you slow down to understand and grasp the concepts.

Cons

We had problems with being able to go back and view which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly. I also wish there were more functions like notes and bookmarks along with the highlighting.

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Top Hat FAQs

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Top Hat offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$48.00/year
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Top Hat is free for professors.

Top Hat has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Top Hat supports the following languages:

English

Top Hat supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Top Hat integrates with the following applications:

CANVAS

Top Hat offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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