Top Hat

Top Hat is a comprehensive teaching platform that instructors can use to engage students both within and outside of the classroom with interactive slides, graded questions, customized content, videos, discussions, and polls. Students use smartphones, tablets, laptops, or ordinary cell phones to participate in Top Hat activities.

Note: Instructors who plan to use Top Hat should verify their classroom has sufficient wireless coverage. Check this room inventory to confirm that instructional wireless is available. If “yes” is noted for instructional wireless, Top Hat will function on student’s mobile devices. [ComTech will be upfitting additional classrooms this academic year with instructional wireless, so please refer back to the room inventory as it will be updated.]

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Getting started with Top Hat

Instructors

To create and set up your Top Hat account and course on your own, follow the instructions in the NC State University – Single Sign-On Account Setup and Professor: Quick Start Guide. If you need assistance getting started, please contact Top Hat support (support@tophat.com) or DELTA’s LearnTech help desk (learntech@ncsu.edu).

Top Hat also offers additional services to instructors to facilitate their use of Top Hat, including:

  • Online (“onboarding”) sessions with a Top Hat specialist
  • Migration services where existing content  [e.g. PPT, Word, etc.] will be converted to Top Hat

To request an onboarding session, visit “Get Started at NC State”.

For more information about the content transfer, read the Content Transfer Service page.

To request content transfer, complete this online request form. *For the first field, Top Hat contact is Kara Dingboom.

Students

Since NC State has an enterprise license, students are able to use Top Hat free of charge.

To participate in Top Hat activities, you need a Top Hat account and an appropriate wireless device. In most cases, this will be a web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. You can also submit most types of answers via text message using an ordinary cell phone; however, some question types cannot be answered via text messaging. For details, see Student: SMS/Text Message Submissions.

For instructions on setting up your Top Hat account, see the NC State University – Single Sign-On Account Setup and Student: Quick Start Guide.

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Technical requirements

To use the Top Hat web app, your device needs to be running one of the following supported versions of your chosen browser or operating system.

  • Web app:
    • Firefox (latest version)
    • Chrome (latest version)
    • Safari (latest version)
    • Internet Explorer (latest version)
  • iOS app: iOS 7 or 8
  • Android app: Android 2.3 or 4.1 (or higher)
  • Mobile web app:
    • Android native browser (2.3 or 4.1+)
    • Android Firefox
    • Android Chrome
    • iOS native Safari browser for iOS 6+
  • Presentation tool (instructors only):
    • Windows Vista or later
    • OS X 10.8 or higher

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Using Top Hat

For instructions and tutorials about using Top Hat, search the Top Hat Knowledge Base. The following documents are especially helpful for new users.

Instructors

Students

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Moodle integration

Top Hat is integrated with the Moodle courses server at NC State University. The integration allows you to easily sync your roster and student grades. To learn more about this process, please see the support article below.

Top Hat Moodle Integration

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Getting help

Instructors

Students

  • Problems logging in with your Unity ID: Contact the OIT Help Desk.
  • Problems with your Top Hat course (including grades not appearing correctly in the gradebook): Contact Top Hat support.

Other resources

  • NC State Faculty Google Group (Instructions on how to join)
    1. Login to Google with your NC State account.
    2. Select the Google apps grid (3×3 squares in the upper right corner).
    3. Select the icon for Groups.
    4. In the search box at the top, enter tophat group.
    5. When you find our group, select Join group.
  • Top Hat YouTube channel
  • Top Hat Success Center