Top Hat Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Top Hat

Top Hat is the active learning platform built for eductators

3.75/5 (12 reviews)

Top Hat overview

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.


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United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom

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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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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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Easy way to participate in class

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

I wish it were easier to view past questions or that there were some way to access the information presented with tophat at a later date, but overall is has been a very useful tool.I like the fact that this software allows you to answer anonymously in class, so I am not worried about getting an answer wrong and I am more likely to participate. The app itself is also very user friendly.

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Used as an Assistant to the Professor

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-02-06
Review Source: Capterra

I like that it is an easy and accessible way to share books, assignments and other content with the class. It's much easier then trying to share everything via email or printout.

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Landon Fitzgerald

Top Hat Review

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-01-09
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I liked using this program to take the quiz's I needed to take for Veterinary School.I liked that it made it so I can pass my class with added quiz points. I also liked the format and layout of the program. It laid it out for each class so it was easy to find the questions and answers.

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Top Hat pricing

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Top Hat is free for professors, with students paying all course fees.

Top Hat features

Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Data Import/Export
Progress Tracking

API (73 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (87 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (66 other apps)
Calendar Management (53 other apps)
Communication Management (57 other apps)
Course Authoring (57 other apps)
Course Catalog (49 other apps)
Customizable Branding (51 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (49 other apps)
Learning Management (86 other apps)
Records Management (60 other apps)
Registration Management (57 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (76 other apps)
Time & Attendance Tracking (59 other apps)
eLearning Management (46 other apps)

Security and privacy


Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options

Data policy

Data backup in multiple locations/GEO regions
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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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• 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.