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Instructors can use Top Hat to transform the mobile devices students already own into powerful tools for active learning. Top Hat leverages students’ own smartphones, tablets or laptops so they can submit answers via text messages or over WiFi. Top Hat offers a suite of features to augment the teaching and learning experience for both instructors and students. Using the platform, instructors can create more than seven different types of questions, moderate class-wide discussions, host class-wide tournaments and more. Are you curious why and how other faculty members on campus are using Top Hat? A survey of U of S faculty using Top Hat was conducted in 2018 to understand how it is being utilized in the university classroom. View the results of this survey.


  • Present material, launch questions and get real-time student feedback without leaving the comfort of your lecture slides.
  • Your students use the devices they already own, like their laptops, tablets or phones to text in answers.
  • Poll students, track attendance and automate grading, all in one place.
  • Free yourself from the podium by presenting your lecture right from the Top Hat Lecture iPad or Android app.
  • Provide an interactive approach that can be used to enhance learning in any subject.
  • View all the features

 Additional Resources
  • The Top Hat Presentation Tool - This tool provides you with a “floating palette” version of the Top Hat browser window so that you can access and present your Top Hat questions without using a web browser. Check out this Top Hat Presentation Tool Article for information about downloading, installing and using this tool.
  • If you would like to provide additional information about the use of Top Hat into your syllabus for students to reference, please use the content provided in the Top Hat Syllabus Entry Document.
 Audience Response System Support
  • For general inquiries or technical problems relating to Top Hat, please contact the Top Hat support team at, or by phone at 1-888-663-5491. Top Hat Support's standard business hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM ET to 6:00 PM ET - and they are happy to assist with whatever may be going on so please do not hesitate to contact them.
  • Once you are signed in and using Top Hat, there are two additional options for support:
    1. View step-by-step live Top Hat tutorials, click on the Guides link located at the bottom-left of your Top Hat home page.
    2. View instructional videos or submit a New Support Request by clicking on the Support link located at the bottom-left of your Top Hat home page.
  • If you and your students experience widespread problems accessing Top Hat in a U of S classroom (ie., more than 5-10 students) contact the ICT Service Desk at 2222, or email to itsupport@usask.caPlease provide them with the following information:
    • Class Name and Number
    • Instructor contact information
    • Classroom number/location
    • Date/Time of class
    • Approximate number of students in the room at the time
    • Approximate number of students experiencing connection issues

USask IT Support Services team does not have the ability to administer or manage your Top Hat course or account. Please contact Top Hat support at for assistance with any account or course administration issues.