The Top Hat learning platform is an interactive, cloud-based teaching platform that leverages student’s mobile devices to increase in-class engagement and get real-time feedback. Top Hat can be used in the following ways:
Top Hat is jointly supported by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and IT Services. See recommended practices for using Top Hat at ISU, visit the Audience Engagement for Faculty page to learn about licensing and account creation, or see the Student Resources section below for information regarding the cost to students.
Top Hat seamlessly integrates with Canvas, enabling one-click enrollment and gradebook synchronization. Be advised, that you can now sync multiple Top Hat courses with the same Canvas shell.
To add Top Hat to your course, follow the steps in these guides:
You may find these guides to be useful:
To assign or present your content, see the following:
Add the statement below to the required technologies section of your syllabus.
If your instructor uses Top Hat, the Iowa State University Book Store will add it to your required course materials list. You will need to purchase a Top Hat license from the Iowa State University Book Store or through the Top Hat website before you will be able to access the Top Hat course materials. By ordering through the ISU Book Store you can use your Student Financial Aid account (U-Bill) to purchase the license(s).
A Top Hat Classroom license covers all courses that use Top Hat for the duration of the license period and is available in the following options:• Four-year license: $63.00• One-year license: $32.00• One-semester license: $21.00
Note: Premium Top Hat Marketplace content (textbook) licenses must be purchased separately for each class in which they are used and will be listed as a separate item in your required course materials list.
If you purchase a Top Hat license through the ISU Book Store, you will receive a redemption code that needs to be converted into a Top Hat access key prior to use on the Top Hat website. To redeem your code go to www.isubookstore.com/redeem. For help in completing this process, read the Top Hat article on redeeming bookstore codes.
To create a Top Hat account, you will need the Top Hat Join Code provided by Top Hat or your instructor. Then, follow these steps:
1. Go to the Top Hat website 2. Select ‘Sign-up’3. Select ‘Student’ and follow the on-screen instructions
Note: You must sign up with your Iowa State e-mail.
For help creating an account visit the student section of Iowa State University – Single Sign-On Account Setup.
If you already have a Top Hat account, you can join your Top Hat course using one of the following methods:
To access Top Hat, use a …
See the Student: Checking Grades article for guidance on how to see the results of your submissions.
All Iowa State instructors can use the Top Hat platform for free. If you decide to use Top Hat, inform the Iowa State University Book Store, per Section 184.108.40.206 of the Faculty Handbook, so the Top Hat license can be added to your required course materials list.
Student licenses are available through the Iowa State Book Store or through the Top Hat website. By ordering through the Iowa State Book Store, students can use their Student Financial Aid to purchase the license. Learn more about students’ cost for using Top Hat on the Audience Engagement for Students page.
Top Hat uses your ISU netID and password to log in.
Schedule an online consultation with Top Hat representative Oliver Richardson, through the Online Scheduling webpage or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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