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Using Top Hat in Creative Ways

Explore innovative teaching, learning, and research scenarios on the Top Hat Teaching Tips site.

  • Assign homework, presentations, quizzes, and more outside of class.
  • Use for attendance purposes.
  • Use for ice-breaking purposes (random question at start of lecture).
  • Use with Blackboard for grading.
  • Use with anonymous audiences.
  • Create content for both synchronous and asynchronous interaction.
  • Ask questions that drive additional discussion on a topic.
  • Ask for participants' opinions on a topic
  • Personalize statistics to your local audience and then compare to external statistics.
  • Create a time for telling. Ask participants what they think will happen if or when this or that happens.
  • Check for understanding after a mini-lecture period. Ensure that your participants are where you want or need them to be before proceeding.
  • Assess prior knowledge on a topic before entering into related content.
  • Deliver pre and post chapter/topic/lecture quizzes.
  • Create content on the fly that is directly linked to something that happens in the moment.
  • Anonymously monitor student progress on a project.
  • Allow for anonymous peer evaluation of group work.
  • Gather anonymous feedback from students about how a course is going.
  • Compare audience responses by demographic.
  • Structure a presentation to include competition between individuals or teams and then offer a small reward for the winner.
  • Repeat a question more than once in a think-pair-share environment.
  • Incorporate sufficient time for your audience to respond to questions and prompts.
  • If you take the time to ask the audience to respond, you must also take the time to discuss their responses.
  • Offer varied confidence level response options.
  • Include high-quality distractor responses within questions that have a correct answer.
  • Occasionally, offer participants an 'out' such as, "I need more information."


Additional Resources

Concierge Service

By request, Top Hat staff will assist instructors in transferring/creating content. Below are the guidelines for what is needed and a link to a form that needs to be included when submitting the request. The instructor will be prompted to upload the file of content that they would like transferred directly with this form. These requests will be delivered directly to our Top Hat Enterprise Account Manager. If necessary, the instructor will receive a quick call to make sure Top Hat has all that is needed.

Guidelines for Concierge Service:

  • The general time frame for completion is at least 2 weeks. Top Hat cannot guarantee completion before that time but will try to complete as quickly as possible. Exceptionally large projects may take longer.
  • The content for uploading must be in a copy-and-paste friendly format: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML. PDF files can be used, but they must include copyable text. Scanner-generated PDFs cannot be used.
  • All questions must clearly indicate the correct answer for proper question set-up.
  • Questions must match one of Top Hat's 6 question types for uploading properly. Questions that are unclear will usually be created as discussions instead.
  • Any special instructions must be noted, including (if applicable):
    • Naming conventions
    • Folder organization
    • Custom grading
    • Anonymity settings
    • Discussion setup (anonymity and visibility of responses)

Request Top Hat Concierge Service - For the "Name of Your Top Hat Contact" field, please enter the name of OHIO's account executive, Kara Dingboom.

Anonymous Polling

The most common use of a Top Hat course is within the classroom, where the audience is known; however, instructors and staff may also wish to use the response system when the audience is unknown. For example, instructors and staff can use Top Hat questions to poll the audience of a conference presentation. In order to do so, the Top Hat course must be open to an anonymous audience. Currently, only Top Hat Support can create an open course.

How to Request Anonymous Access

  1. Create a new course in your Top Hat account as usual.
  2. Contact Top Hat Support (support@tophat.com) and provide Top Hat Support with the following:
    • lastname.# username
    • course code of the course you want to have made anonymous:
      • This code can be found directly after "e/" in the course URL. For example, if the course URL is "https://app.tophat.com/e/762297", the course code is "762297".

Top Hat support will send a confirmation by email once your course is ready for anonymous access.