Top Hat is an in-class polling tool you can use in your teaching. Replacing the need for actual ‘clicker’ hardware, students use their own device (a mobile phone, tablet or laptop) to respond to multiple choice type questions in class.
Electronic voting systems allow lecturers to add question and answer activities to lecture sessions to support interactivity and engagement with large groups.
Top Hat offers more questions types – up to six to choose from – as well as out of class activities, discussion channels, file sharing and gamification through a player vs player tournament mode.
If you’re interested in using Top Hat, the following case study will be of interest. Ross Galloway, a lecturer in the School of Physics, talks about how he used Top Hat as part of a flipped classroom mode of delivery for his large first year Physics class.
You can also listen to Ross talk about his experience of flipping his classroom in this presentation on Media Hopper Create.
You can also use TopHat to take attendance in class. With one click, you can display a four digit code on the projected screen. Students in the class enter this into TopHat on their device (either via App or browser) to register their attendance. You can analyse and edit the attendance data in TopHat and export it as a CSV file. Further instructions can be found here. If you’d like some training on using TopHat in your classroom, please get in touch.
Please note: as of April 2018, TopHat are opening up access to thousands of open educational resources in their Top Hat Marketplace for the world to use. You can browse the marketplace via the web at: https://tophat.com/marketplace/.
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