Top Hat Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Top Hat

Top Hat is the end-to-end higher education teaching platform

3.68/5 (25 reviews)

Top Hat overview

What is Top Hat?

Top Hat is an online teaching platform designed to help professors and educators engage their students and build comprehension before, during, and after classes. The software offers solutions for delivering interactive courses, customizing digital textbooks, assigning homework, and securely administering assessments.

Top Hat automates a variety of common, repetitive tasks to free up teachers' time, such as taking attendance and grading homework. Built-in assessment tools allow users to tracks students' progress throughout the term, with in-class questions and polls in addition to assigned homework, and provide feedback in real time to course-correct when necessary. Top Hat also aims to enhance student engagement with courses through integrated graphics and videos, customized interactive textbooks, class discussions, and lesson gamification.

Top Hat's assessment solution allows students to take tests through their own device, whether a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, without downloading any software. Instructor-generated codes control access to the exam, and a proprietary behavioral algorithm automatically detects cheating. Homework tasks can be assigned to individuals or groups through the assignment solution, and users can create custom questions, import their existing materials, or choose free question packs in the Top Hat marketplace.
www.tophat.com

Pricing

Starting from
$30
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Markets

United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
Top Hat screenshot: Interactive questions can be embedded within course presentationsClassroom Response System - Top HatTop Hat screenshot: Users can view the average score and participation for each questionTop Hat screenshot: Assessments can be created and managed, and student behavior is automatically monitored to detect cheatingTop Hat screenshot: Attendance can be recorded using students' devicesTop Hat screenshot: Homework can be assigned to individuals or groups, and graded automaticallyDigital Textbooks - Top HatTop Hat Assignment

Top Hat reviews

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Shaylynn Ward

Top Hat Student Review

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-11-27
Review Source: Capterra

It has helped me so much with this class. It has given me a new way to go about grasping the material and I would highly suggest it to other people.

Pros
I used it in my economics class, and we had embedded questions within our chapters. It really makes you slow down to understand and grasp the concepts.

Cons
We had problems with being able to go back and view which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly. I also wish there were more functions like notes and bookmarks along with the highlighting.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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SB Stanley

Easy to use and helpful features

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-10-25
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I am pretty happy with Top Hat. It would definitely fall in the upper end of programs I have used. The students also seem to enjoy it as well.

Pros
I was able to log into Top Hat and immediately start using it without any training. It’s a pretty intuitive site. Seeing the grades and attendance is straightforward and has been easier to edit than other programs that I have used.

Cons
When students are submitting their quizzes or comments there is major lag time and I am not sure if that is because of the software or internet connectivity. I am never entirely sure if I know how many people have turned in their questions. Until about 3 minutes after the questions is over. Also, I wish there was a way to edit slides when they are posted into Top Hat because when I upload sometimes the slides become distorted and I need to make the text smaller or rearrange it so that it fits on the screen and can be read. Also, sometimes the link to videos do not work.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

It works, but isn't the most cost effective solution

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-08-18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Students answer questions in real time and the percentages of what answers were chosen can then be displayed.

Cons
As a student who had to use the software, the cost can be annoying. You have to pay based on how long you think you'll need the software, which you won't always know if you're not sure whether future classes will use the software. For example, you might decide to pay for 1 years use because it's "cheaper" over time, but you only ended up having a class use it for 3 months. So you wasted money paying for the rest of the subscription and the company gets more money from struggling college students. And of course, the opposite could happen where you pay for 1 quarter, then another classes uses it and you'd have to pay for it again. Before Top Hat came along, iClicker was the more commonly used tech and does the same job. With iClicker, you only had to pay one time for the remote and then you could sell the remote to another student, which was much more cost effective for students.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Kyler Monaghan

Great Quiz Tool

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-11
Review Source: Capterra

Very fast and fun audience response tool to use in a classroom setting.

Pros
Top Hat is very interactive application that the audience can easy connect to with any device and is simple for them to use.

Cons
Top Hat does not get very customizable with what you may or may not want to do with it. Otherwise not many complaints.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Anonymous

Easy to Use Learning Tool

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-08-22
Review Source: Capterra

Top Hat is a wonderful asset to have, and I'm glad my professors have been utilizing it. It has increased the regularity and clarity of communication between myself and my professors.

Pros
When it comes to student/professor education software, I have found, as a student, that my favorite software programs are ones that professors are able to access and utilize with ease. The reason for this is that when professors utilize the functions available on education software, my life gets easier. Instead of dealing with streams of AOL emails, I get succinct and clean information and communication through a user-friendly platform. My professors who use Top Hat are VERY comfortable with it and seem to maximize its potential. Top Hat is easy for me to use, and it's evidently really easy for my professors to use. It's clean, sleek, and really user-friendly. Also, I like how Top Hat is device-friendly; their mobile app is great.

Cons
I've been using it for a few months and have not yet run into anything that I have a problem with. Everything's been great so far.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Top Hat pricing

Starting from
$30
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
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Top Hat is free for professors.

Top Hat features

Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Class Scheduling
Data Import/Export
Progress Tracking

API (143 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (159 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (97 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (108 other apps)
Calendar Management (93 other apps)
Communication Management (115 other apps)
Content Management (97 other apps)
Course Authoring (111 other apps)
Customizable Branding (107 other apps)
Learning Management (168 other apps)
Progress Reports (107 other apps)
Registration Management (92 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (163 other apps)
Self Service Portal (88 other apps)
Third Party Integration (102 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
This will ask you to sign in with LinkedIn

Videos and tutorials

Additional information for Top Hat

Key features of Top Hat

  • Anonymous participation
  • Attendance tracking
  • Auto-assignment of attendance & participation grades
  • Bring-your-own-device (BYOD)
  • Cheating detection
  • Digital textbooks
  • Embedded questions
  • FERPA compliant
  • Gradebook
  • Homework assignment
  • Interactive courses
  • Interactive features
  • Performance tracking
  • Presentation upload
  • Real-time polls
  • Weighted grading
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Benefits

• Top Hat Classroom provides users with tools for delivering interactive courses to engage students, including attendance tracking through students' devices, embedded questions in presentations, real-time polls, and response data visualization.

• With Top Hat Textbook, users can create custom digital textbooks for their students, utilizing videos, animations, and questions interspersed within content to engage learners.

• Top Hat Assignment enables the assignment of homework tasks to individual students or groups, with options for importing existing materials, auto-grading of answers, and real-time feedback.

• Assessments can be managed and securely administered through students' own devices with Top Hat Test, which uses proprietary behavioral algorithms to detect cheating and automatically lock out students.

• Top Hat automates a range of common repetitive tasks, such as attendance taking and test grading, allowing users to focus their attention on important activities.