Register for the 2019 Top Hat Certification Day (May 14th)

Top Hat Certification Day, May 14 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is partnering with Top Hat to host a Top Hat Certification Day on Tuesday, May 14 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall).

What is Top Hat?

Top Hat is an interactive teaching platform standardized at Iowa State University. Learn more via the Top Hat Overview webpage.

What is certification? 

A certification is an official recognition that you have been trained by a Top Hat trainer in an interactive face-to-face session that offers a great insight into Top Hat classroom engagement techniques and practices. Certification is what makes you stand out as an innovative educator and a mentor to your colleagues who are interested in transforming their classrooms with Top Hat. Upon completion, you will receive an official electronic certificate that can be shared with your professional network on LinkedIn.

Who should attend?

Top Hat Certification Day is designed for those instructors who are either new to Top Hat or have experience using Top Hat in their classrooms, and who wish to learn how to implement core and advanced Top Hat functionalities in order to boost student engagement, participation and motivation.


Eligibility: All faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, or term) and staff with a teaching role who have a genuine interest in learning about and building on their current Top Hat knowledge are encouraged to apply. This event is limited to 25 individuals, who will be selected on the first come-first served basis.

Requirements: Participants must attend session 1 and/or 2  to qualify for certification. Please bring along your own laptops and mobile devices.

Lunch: Pizza will be provided. Bring your own beverage.

Scheduled Activities for May 14 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall) 

(Note: You must attend session 1 or 2 to qualify for certification)

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Session 1: Learn about Top Hat assignment styles and ways to use Top Hat for enhanced comprehension, feedback, motivation and progress prior to a class session.
  • 12 p.m.- 1:30 pm, Faculty Q &A: Hear from the instructors who currently use Top Hat and learn from their interactive and engaging Top Hat techniques. (lunch will be served, this session does not count towards certification)
  • 1:30 p.m. -3 p.m., Session 2: Create an active learning environment with Top Hat advanced functionalities that proved to work well for traditional lectures, in flipped classrooms and for collaborative and team-based learning.


Register before May 9, 2019 via the Top Hat Certification Day web form. First come-first served.


Contact Dr. Lesya Hassall, CELT via email at or call the CELT Office at 515-294-5357 or email

Would like a one-on-one Top Hat training? 

Iowa State University’s dedicated Top Hat representative is Vanessa Destounis. Contact Vanessa via email at or book an appointment via her calendar webpage .