Set up Top Hat for a Canvas course with cross-listed sections

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Before you begin

When using Top Hat in conjunction with cross-listed sections, you'll need to decide whether to use a single Top Hat course or separate Top Hat courses for each section. For cross-listed courses in which all students attend lecture together at the same time and place, use a single Top Hat course.

If different sections of your course attend lecture at different times, you can either create one Top Hat course for all sections or create separate Top Hat courses for each class meeting time. In making this decision, consider the following. Top Hat consultants can also assist you with deciding which approach is best for your situation as part of the Top Hat onboarding process.

  • Ease of management:
    • It's easier to manage all the content, questions, and grades for your course in one place; if you set up separate courses for each meeting, you'll need to manage these separately in Top Hat.
  • Integrity of student answers:
    • With one course for all sections, students can attend any class meeting without requiring anything special on your part, but they could potentially share questions with students who meet at a later time or answer the questions themselves a second time to improve their grade. Therefore, this approach is most appropriate when Top Hat is used primarily to increase student engagement during lecture and give students the opportunity to practice new knowledge and skills with minimal impact on overall course grade.
    • With separate Top Hat courses, you can use the same or different questions for each section. Students can only see and answer questions during their assigned class meeting time. This approach is most appropriate for courses in which Top Hat is used for mid- or high-stakes quizzing and testing, since it reduces the opportunities for students to cheat. However, if students need to attend a lecture session other than their assigned session, you'll need to make manual adjustments in the Top Hat roster and gradebook.
  • Data display and reporting:
    • With one Top Hat course, when displaying results or reviewing reports, the data reflects all sections that have responded to the question thus far. If you want to view or display only the results for the current session or a specific session (for example, to reflect the responses of the students in the room), you need to create separate courses for each class meeting time.

Option 1: Use a single Top Hat course for all cross-listed sections

The process of setting up a single Top Hat course for a Canvas course with cross-listed sections is no different than setting up a single-section Canvas course. Detailed instructions are available in the Professor: Indiana University Quick Start Guide beginning with section 3, Pairing Top Hat with Canvas. When you are prompted to select course sections to connect with your course, select all sections (you may select the sections individually, or check the top box to select all at once).

When you run the LMS Sync utility, all students enrolled in the cross-listed course in Canvas will be added to your Top Hat course. You will also use LMS Sync when you want to send Top Hat grades to the Canvas Gradebook. For information on how to customize the roster and grade sync processes, see the "Syncing Grades" section in Professor: Advanced Canvas Integration with Section Support.

Option 2: Use a separate Top Hat course for each class meeting

Set up your courses

To set up separate Top Hat courses for each cross-listed section or lecture session:

  1. Determine how many Top Hat courses you need. If each section in your course meets at a different time and/or place, create a separate Top Hat course for each section. If some sections will attend lecture and use Top Hat together, create one course per lecture session. For example, if two sections attend your lectures on M-W-F at 1pm and three sections attend on M-W-F at 4pm, you would create two Top Hat courses, one for the 1pm lectures and one for the 4pm lectures.
  2. Create a new Top Hat course for each lecture session. Be sure to give each course a unique name, so you know which course is for which session (for example, FA18: CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY I: T-TH 2pm). For instructions on creating a Top Hat course, see Professor: Creating Additional Courses.
  3. Create an LTI assignment or add the Top Hat tool to the course navigation in each course as described in section 1 of Professor: Indiana University Course Setup Guide.
  4. Pair each of your Top Hat courses with the corresponding Canvas course section(s), using the instructions in section 3 of the Course Setup Guide, Pairing Top Hat with Canvas.
  5. Run LMS Sync for each of your Top Hat courses in order to sync selected Canvas sections with the corresponding Top Hat course. Do this at least once a day during the Drop/Add period to catch new enrollments.
  6. Create the content (slides) and questions for one of the Top Hat courses. For instructions, see Creating Content. For more about creating content and questions, see Top Hat Knowledge Base: Professor.
  7. If the content and questions for the other class sessions will be identical or very similar to the content created in step 3 above, copy the content from that course into the Top Hat courses for the other lecture sessions. For instructions, see Professor: Copying or Duplicating Course Content.

    If you want to use different questions in each class, you can revise the questions you copied or replace them with new questions.

  • The Top Hat LMS Sync creates one or more differentiated assignments in Canvas that are restricted to the sections synced with the Top Hat course. The names of the sections to which each assignment applies are given in parentheses in the assignment title. When students view their grades, they will only see the Top Hat assignment for their own section.
  • By default, Top Hat sends a single grade to the Canvas Gradebook representing the aggregated score earned by each student and the score is displayed in the gradebook as a percentage value. To learn about or change the default settings, see the "Syncing Grades" section in Professor: Advanced Canvas Integration with Section Support.

Handle students who attend the wrong session

When there are separate Top Hat courses for each class meeting time, students should be strongly encouraged to attend their assigned session. If you need to make a one-time exception for a student, give the student the "Top Hat join code" for the session they wish to attend. After the session is over, copy the grades the student earned to the Top Hat gradebook for their assigned section, and remove the student from the course they are not supposed to attend.

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Last modified on 2019-08-13 14:12:00.