Top Hat

Top Hat


3.5 / 5
8 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Professors and educators in higher ed can use Top Hat to organize the lecture experience.


Average Ratings

8 Reviews

  • 3.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 3 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $26.00/user
  • Pricing Details
    Pricing available on site
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Top Hat
  • www.tophat.com/
  • Founded 2009
  • Canada

About Top Hat

Improve student engagement in the lecture or classroom, build student comprehension with the best student engagement app in higher ed. Accelerate student success both inside and outside the classroom environment. Top Hat is the end-to-end teacher-student engagement platform for educators.


Top Hat Features

  • Content Import / Export
  • Course Publishing
  • Gamification
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • PowerPoint Conversion
  • Self-Paced Courses
  • Storyboarding
  • Template Management
  • Test / Quiz Creation
  • Video Management
  • Certification Management
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Proctoring
  • Scoring
  • Skill Testing
  • Surveys
  • Test / Quiz Creation
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built in LMS
  • Collaboration Tools
  • For Classroom
  • For Labs
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • Real-time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Transcripts
  • View Student Monitors
  • Admissions Management
  • Alumni Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Faculty / Staff Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Housing Management
  • Scheduling
  • Student Information / Records
  • Student Portal

Top Hat Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Easy to use and helpful features

Oct 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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.

Overall: 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.

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Top Hat Student Review

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

Not working, customer service is unhelpful

Jan 14, 2019
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Absolutely nothing! I cannot even log in to use it! Your customer service is awful and zero help.

Cons: For starts I can't use it, I am losing points in my class as we speak-therefore losing THOUSANDS of dollars because of your stupid website!

Overall: Awful. My professor made a deal with them to let the university get a semester for free to see if he wanted to use it again. Great. So I try to sign up for it. Everything looks great and goes well. Class rolls around and all the sudden I cannot log in. Whatever, I reset my password. Log in and then its telling me that I have to pay if I want to answer the questions THAT MY GRADE DEPENDS ON. What? I thought I had the free trial. I let my professor know, he sends off an email and we get in contact with customer service. They decided to combine two accounts. They thought I had TWO accounts. So now, I cannot log in at all and I have no idea who's account mine was merged with. Like, wouldn't you think they would check with me to ask if I had made two accounts or if the email they thought was mine was actually mine? Nope. So now I cannot log in at all. I have sent another email since all of this (after over a week of LOSING points- which yes goes against my grade) and what did they do? They offered me a 7 day free trial- but I have to pay for it after that. Why in the heck would I pay for a program that doesn't even work? For customer service that doesn't give a crap? I won't. Maybe you will see this review and fix this. Maybe you won't. If you are going to run a business that directs itself towards colleges and university's where students who pay THOUSANDS of dollars each semester you had better get your shit together. This review is posted on any review platform that I can.

Easy way to participate in class

Dec 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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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. The app itself is also very user friendly.

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

Overall: 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.

Top Hat Review

Jan 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: 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.

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

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

Participate in college class course

Jul 02, 2018
3/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I am just a student who used this in two of my classes. I fairly enjoyed the tool. It reacted to the in class quizzes very quickly. Upon initial setup there were some technical difficulties, but technical support was very promptful in solving the issue.

Cons: This is more of a tool for tracking attendance. I don't see the purpose of using this tool over an iClicker, unless it tracks the location of the user and IP address. I was just a student though. From my perspective, it was very annoying to have another expense added to my schooling.

badly flawed and expensive

Oct 19, 2018
1/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Ability to use phones

can use my laptop in class

Cons: Interface is buggy

my grades don't show up in blackboard and canvas. 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?

really expensive. why am I paying for software when the university already has a program that does this stuff?

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

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Oct 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's easy to use. Support is there when you need it.

Cons: The cost. They should lower the cost for this software

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