Top Hat Features

Top Hat

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

3.68/5 (25 reviews)

Top Hat Feature Summary

  • 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

Competitor Feature Comparison

Absence Management
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Assignment Management
Attendance Management
Behavior Tracking
Class Scheduling
Customizable Questions
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Event Calendar
Feedback Collection
Feedback Management
Gamification
Heatmap
Interactive Content
Monitoring
Progress Tracking
Question Library
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reminders
Scheduling
Secure Login
Student Management
Student Portal
Survey Management
Surveys & Feedback
Third Party Integration
Two-Way Audio & Video
Video Conferencing
Video Support
Voting
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Absence Management
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Assignment Management
Attendance Management
Behavior Tracking
Class Scheduling
Customizable Questions
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Event Calendar
Feedback Collection
Feedback Management
Gamification
Heatmap
Interactive Content
Monitoring
Progress Tracking
Question Library
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reminders
Scheduling
Secure Login
Student Management
Student Portal
Survey Management
Surveys & Feedback
Third Party Integration
Two-Way Audio & Video
Video Conferencing
Video Support
Voting
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Absence Management
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Assignment Management
Attendance Management
Behavior Tracking
Class Scheduling
Customizable Questions
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Event Calendar
Feedback Collection
Feedback Management
Gamification
Heatmap
Interactive Content
Monitoring
Progress Tracking
Question Library
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reminders
Scheduling
Secure Login
Student Management
Student Portal
Survey Management
Surveys & Feedback
Third Party Integration
Two-Way Audio & Video
Video Conferencing
Video Support
Voting
Visit WebsiteCompare App

Mobile apps

iOS App


20,226 reviews

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


3,460 reviews

Top Hat Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Top Hat's features:

Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Participate in college class course

2018-07-03

Pros

I am just a student who used this in two of my classes. I fairly enjoyed the tool.

Cons

This is more of a tool for tracking attendance.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jim Chen

When free options are available on the market, it is a shame that this company swindles instructors

2019-07-17

The customer service, in my limited experience, has been great.

Pros

Simplistic design that is easy to navigate

Cons

The location-dependent attendance code input has consistently been terrible.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Telecommunications company, 51-200 employees)

Oh the frustration

2019-07-25

Pros

We used Top Hat for attendance, poll questions, and short quizzes between slides.

Cons

Glitchy with large amount of people; Attendance not always accurate

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Lily Tang

recommend!!

2019-10-31

Pros

I use this software most often when my professor takes attendance in a big lecture hall and simply by typing in the code provided in each class, you will get marked present.

Cons

there isn't anything I don't like about this software

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Cassandra Thurgood

Very good for large classes to increase participation

2019-07-16

Pros

It allows you to take attendance with a unique code so only the people present get credit.

Cons

It was complicated to use which has given a few people some trouble

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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SB Stanley

Easy to use and helpful features

2018-10-25

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

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jonathan Rhoton

Use a different platform if you can

2019-08-25

Pros

Similar in functions and features as other learning platforms once you can figure it out.

Cons

I had top hat as a learning platform in a few of my university courses and I never got the hang of using it.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Public Relations and Communications company, 11-50 employees)

Used as an Assistant to the Professor

2019-02-06

Pros

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.

Cons

My only issue that I've had is that when the professor is doing a presentation I am unable to go in and do anything else on the class page even though she is presenting from a separate computer.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Top Hat


Thanks for the Top Hat review, I will pass this on to the team.

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John Smith

Needs a lot of work.

2019-02-05

Pros

Good for polling large classes. Phone app is decent.

Cons

Questions do not automatically pop up on your display, you have to go down to the bottom and manually open each one.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
Source: Capterra
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Angie Escob

badly flawed and expensive

2018-10-19

Top Hat breaks or disconnects all the time. We all hate this thing. It's really expensive.

Pros

Ability to use phones can use my laptop in class

Cons

I have to complain to the professor every week to get my grades corrected. my friend dropped the class because of this program. students who don't show up to lecture are still answering quiz questions -- so what's the point?

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Tess Santoro

Not good

2019-09-08

The software itself is a very good idea. Cannot get over the fact that it does not explain things in-depth very well, and the amount of blatant errors is astounding.

Pros

Easy to use in class, and the overall accessibility is good.

Cons

SO MANY TYPOS AND GRAMMATICAL ERRORS. "Loose" instead of "lose"? "Wenn" instead of "when"? "Less" instead of "fewer"?? Incomplete sentences, and many many many more issues ranging from awkward phrasing, to homophone misuse, to use of "words" that are not even a part of the English language (such as my earlier example, "wenn" was literally in this published educational textbook. I expect literally the bare minimum (correct English grammar and spelling) from an expensive, high level, educational publication, and I couldn't even get that.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Landon Fitzgerald

Top Hat Review

2019-01-09

Overall, I liked using this program to take the quiz's I needed to take for Veterinary School.

Pros

I liked that it made it so I can pass my class with added quiz points.

Cons

Honestly, there wasn't anything I disliked about this software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Kyler Monaghan

Great Quiz Tool

2019-11-11

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 51-200 employees)

Easy to Use Learning Tool

2019-08-22

It has increased the regularity and clarity of communication between myself and my professors.

Pros

Instead of dealing with streams of AOL emails, I get succinct and clean information and communication through a user-friendly platform.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Patrick Zydziak

Great for School

2019-04-12

I like it but there is better software to use for its purpose.

Pros

I used this for class and it was easy to set up a question and for students to answer it.

Cons

If you are trying to post a question in a given location, that is not possible when your registered for the class.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Nonprofit Organization Management company, 1-10 employees)

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

2019-08-18

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, myself only employees)

Easy way to participate in class

2018-12-27

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

I have noticed a few glitches with using this software, but nothing to keep me from not using it.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Shaylynn Ward

Top Hat Student Review

2018-11-27

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Dylan Sklar

Absolute mess of a service

2019-02-26

Awful service, awful and sassy customer service, overall just disappointed.

Pros

Nothing. I guess you could say it costs less than others.

Cons

It leaves students no clear way to access the service, let alone study materials or even tests and assignments.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Nadia Mcintosh

Very Easy to Use!

2019-02-11

Pros

It was so easy for me to navigate to each class, download the grades, and go from there.

Cons

As of to date, I haven't experienced any issues with this software.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Erick Golara

Awful business practices.

2020-05-04

They refused to give a refund, despite the extenuating circumstances and thus, I can't in good faith recommend this product/service to anyone.

Pros

Not much.

Cons

The same functions can be achieved by using an iClicker without the subscription.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Primary/Secondary Education company, 10001+ employees)

Top Hat is at the Top of its class

2019-12-10

Out of all of the educational programs I have used, Top Hat is by far my favorite. It is easy and allows students to text in answers as well as answer on the app.

Pros

It is easy to use and input answers in.

Cons

Sometimes the software lagged or delayed. This made answering difficult questions harder because time might expire more quickly.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Sarah Humphrey

Review Title

2018-10-15

Pretty impressed so far but would like to see some small changes in the future

Pros

It’s easy to use. Support is there when you need it.

Cons

The cost. They should lower the cost for this software

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, myself only employees)

Top Hat for students

2019-04-21

Overall I really like the ease of top hat.

Pros

I liked that it was easy to use and was accessible to all without the need for a laptop or computer.

Cons

The thing I liked least about this is that the slide would change according to the teacher changing their own slide, it made it difficult to catch up if there was ever a need to do so.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 201-500 employees)

A great medium

2019-04-27

Pros

Top Hat is easy to use for both professors and students.

Cons

Not much to dislike about Top Hat, however, the hardware options could be cheaper.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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