Top Hat – Student Response and Engagement System


Hello Mobile Technology Users!

In the meeting on Tuesday, September 17, we discussed a student engagement system called Top Hat. Students are constantly glued to their devices making it hard for professors to gain their student’s attention. With this application, professors no longer have to worry because Top Hat will allow students to stay on track and provide them with a  positive learning experience. It is not limited to one device, so students can bring any device they wish to class (laptop, tablet, etc). Top Hat has many exciting features that allows students to be more interactive in a classroom setting.  Professors can present information through demos, and then quiz their students on the material with over 7 types of questions. When the students answer the questions, their grades are automatically generated in the professor’s grade book in Blackboard.  Anonymous discussion boards can be applied so that students are not embarrassed to participate, and professors can see what topic the majority of the class does not understand.

The features do not stop there because Top Hat is constantly improving, and has recently added more features. They are integrating with Pearson textbooks so that it can automatically generate questions from the material in the textbooks.  Additionally, Top Hat can be integrated with Blackboard as well.  Nonetheless, it does not stop in the classroom; it can still be accessed after class to review the material, which if needed can be downloaded from the application.  Professors can even assign homework, too. Lastly, Top Hat offers Tech Support for professors and students. For more information, here is the link to the Top Hat site:

Furthermore, we are looking for users to test out this application so if interested please contact: Beth Gordon at or Martina Blackwood at for more information.

As always feel free to leave comments, make suggestions, or inquire about presenting at a future meeting.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 3:30-4:30 pm in  E319 on the NYC Campus and Miller 16 on the PLV Campus.

We hope to see you there!



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