About Top Hat

Note:
Indiana University instructors planning to use Top Hat for summer or fall 2017 should complete the Top Hat planning form to ensure wireless coverage and technology support is available.

Top Hat is a comprehensive teaching platform that instructors can use to engage students both within and outside of the classroom with interactive slides, graded questions, customized content, videos, discussions, and polls. Students use smartphones, tablets, laptops, or physical clickers to participate in Top Hat activities.

On this page:


Getting started with Top Hat

Instructors

To create and set up your Top Hat account and course on your own, follow the instructions in the Professor: Indiana University Quick Start Guide. If you need assistance getting started (or transitioning from TurningPoint to Top Hat), make an appointment with a consultant at your campus teaching and learning center.

Top Hat also offers free services to instructors to facilitate their use of Top Hat, including:

  • One-on-one orientation to Top Hat with a trained Top Hat specialist
  • Two meetings with an instructional designer from Top Hat
  • Concierge service to migrate existing PowerPoint files from TurningPoint to Top Hat

To take advantage of these services, contact Sarah Hammond, sarah.hammond@tophatmonocle.com.

For information about dedicated clicker hardware, contact eLearning Design and Services.

Students

To participate in Top Hat activities, you need a Top Hat License and a web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer.

The following license options are available to students who purchase Top Hat through an IU Bookstore.

  • One semester: $20
  • One year: $30
  • Five years: $55

During the transition from TurningPoint to Top Hat, students with existing TurningPoint clickers will be eligible to receive a $20 credit when purchasing a Top Hat license. For more, see At IU, how do I get a credit for a used clicker?

For instructions on setting up your Top Hat account, see the Student: Indiana University Quick Start Guide, or watch the Top Hat: Getting Started IT Training video.

Technical requirements

To access Top Hat, your device needs to be running one of the following supported versions of your chosen browser or operating system.

  • Web app:
    • Firefox (latest version)
    • Chrome (latest version)
    • Safari (latest version)
    • Internet Explorer (latest version)
  • iOS app: iOS 7 or 8
  • Android app: Android 2.3 or 4.1 (or higher)
  • Mobile web app:
    • Android native browser (2.3 or 4.1+)
    • Android Firefox
    • Android Chrome
    • iOS native Safari browser for iOS 6+
  • Presentation tool (instructors only):
    • Windows Vista or later
    • OS X 10.8 or higher

Using Top Hat

For instructions and tutorials about using Top Hat, search the Top Hat Knowledge Base. The following documents are especially helpful for new users.

Instructors

Students

Canvas integration

Top Hat seamlessly integrates with Canvas, offering one-click enrollment and gradebook synchronization. For detailed instructions on how to customize the integration with the Canvas Gradebook, see Professor: Advanced Canvas Integration.

Getting help

Instructors

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus; see How do I contact the teaching and learning centers at each IU campus?

For help using the Top Hat web client on a classroom computer at IU Bloomington or IUPUI, contact Classroom Technology Services; see:

At other IU campuses, contact your campus Support Center.

Everyone

For help, contact your campus Support Center.

This is document abmj in the Knowledge Base.
Last modified on 2017-05-17 10:44:15.

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