Top Hat for Faculty
Top Hat is a student engagement system that allows instructors to ask questions, take polls, give quizzes, and get feedback from students during class. Top Hat is a bring-your-own-device system, which means that students can use any web-enabled device (laptops, tablets, smartphones) to participate. Top Hat also allows for text messaging to submit answers, so students can use older cell phones as well.
If you would like to use Top Hat, go to tophat.com and click Sign Up. A representative from Top Hat will be in touch to help you set up your course.
Faculty Support for Top Hat
For documentation, including step-by-step tutorials, please visit the Top Hat website.
Using a slide advancer with Top Hat? Many brands may work well, however the company recommends the Logitech R400.
If you have questions or are having technical difficulty with Top Hat, please contact Top Hat Support via the Online Support Request Form or by phone at (888)663-5491.
We encourage faculty using Top Hat to include a statement regarding academic honesty in their syllabi. Dr. Edward Panetta from Communication Studies shared his statement:
As a University of Georgia student, you have agreed to abide by the University's academic honesty policy, "A Culture of Honesty," and the Student Honor Code. All academic work must meet the standards described in "A Culture of Honesty" found at http://www.uga.edu/honesty. I consider sharing the daily Top Hat attendance code or other Top Hat details with a student who is not in the classroom to be a violation of the honor code. Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for any violation of the honor code. Any questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor.