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Top Hat helps thousands of college and university instructors create their perfect course—one that engages students and builds comprehension inside and outside the classroom.

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Top Hat helps thousands of college and university instructors create their perfect course—one that engages students and builds comprehension inside and outside the classroom.


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Top Hat
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2009
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Toronto, Canada
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Marketing Administrative Assistant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

As a student, I found it helpful that you could return at a later time and access course materials like PowerPoints, Review questions and videos. All the information was in one one location. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Like any software there were glitches and we had to resort back to the old fashion PowerPoint. And then it took 10 minutes for rhe videos to load online. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Top Hat was easy to use and affordable compared to having to purchase a textbook that would just sit on a shelf. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Top Hat is easy to use, very user friendly. It has a convenient dashboard and is accessible as phone apps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It’s pretty much always up. We’ve only had one downtime, scheduled or unscheduled. Mostly self-supporting, but if not, tech Support is accessible. Web accessibility seems like a priority and developers are responsive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Always changing/developing/updating, which is good, but not very helpful to me as a member of the support team for our institution. Makes it difficult to keep up with training/self-help materials and tracking known issues/bugs. For Top Hat itself to keep up, too, since their published documentation is sometimes behind. Also, TH hasn’t been great about publishing organized and standardized release notes, though they started out with no notes published at all, so they’ve made progress. It’s like the original staff/management didn’t realize that clients would want that information available to them; but they’re catching on. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Top Hat is the institution’s centrally supported audience response system, so it’s mainly intended to be a tool to enhance student engagement, which increases students’ academic performance, and both of these metrics are factors in student retention (necessary to keep me in a job). Top Hat also offers an attendance tool, which was sorely needed, as we just had a swipe card system before and it’s only available in a few of the larger lecture halls on campus (no longer the primary vehicle of instruction, so we weren’t able to serve the majority of constituent classes/faculty). Another industry issue is the cost of instructional materials (especially textbooks), which is again related to retention. Top Hat is building a digital content library and has worked very closely with some of our faculty to develop and publish digital course materials that meet the instructional standards and fit the curriculum while offering a lower cost solution to students. This has been a big issue at our institution for several years now and the programs willing to invest the time and subject matter expertise in developing new materials/etexts are definitely benefiting from the collaboration with Top Hat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Account Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The mobile phone option makes it easy to stay engaged while using your laptop for lecture and other parts of the class, especially in a remote setting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I think there could be some improvements on allowable graphics. Sometimes it was hard to read a chart that you needed to answer a quick question on. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Top Hat was a great tool that I used while attending the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business. I took a remote class and this helped to keep the class engaged and keep the lecture flowing. There is a mobile version as well as a desktop version. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Staying more engaged with class lectures, which can be more challenging in a remote setting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Adjunct Lecturer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like a lot of features of Tophat! The slideshow sharing, and the ability for students to join the course with an access code makes it very easy for them to access the course. All the slideshows can be saved in Assigned material. Grading is very easy through Tophat, and I really like the geo-location feature in marking the attendance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot of lag sometimes while trying to access the time constrained attendance marker. I have also had issues with its layout for the web version - that's not very user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would say, use tophat's app and try to have an in person form of attendance too every now and then, because the software has acted up at times for me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used tophat to manage courses online, mark attendance, and calculate grades of my students. It is an easy to use software, especially if you are using the app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Medical Student
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The layout of Top Hat is very straightforward, and really works well in large lecture settings in order to further engage the class and check in with everyone so that they're all on the same page. It's also very simple, which is perfect for making sure students can answer questions quickly within a lecture. In addition, it's a very effective tool for checking attendance when the class or room is too large to fully monitor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I feel like the mobile site / app integration could be more smooth, and it was frustrating having to log in through the institutional log-in every time rather than being able to log in and stay logged in to the Top Hat site (although that might've been more due to my institution's policies than Top Hat itself) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Pilot-test it with your students first to ensure that the layout and features work with your goals for the lecture style you plan on using. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used this technology as a learner and have considered implementing it as a TA in my own class settings. It works great in large lecture-based classes where you want to make sure the students are still checked in and working with you as you move through the material. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Engineering & Computer Science Student
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

High ease of use for both student and teachers. App integration to classroom activities was seamless. Even the most old-fashioned (technology-aversive) professor in our department is using it. If the student cannot get to the app for some reason, there's also an option to text their response to a 24/7 mobile bot [this is a much under-appreciated feature]. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is the overall reliance this app has on a phone. What if a student does not have a mobile device? Arguably, that's uncommon these days. Nevertheless, this reliance excludes some young/pre-college kids as well as low-income students. Another case was shown firsthand when we had a student come tell us his phone's battery died in class. Thus, he couldn't sign in on TopHat for the day and, with the burden of proof on us, we excused him. Naturally, this leads a slippery-slope for any students seeking dishonest excusals in the future. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As a student TA, I have both used Top Hat and administered it. If considering this system as a professor, it is worth making the switch sooner rather than later. Grading homeworks and attendance/participation will be greatly simplified in all regards. If considering this system as a student, your professor may require Top Hat. If you are a freshman, it may be worth buying the year subscription as you don't want to double purchase the single semester card again. Check your future courses for Top Hat use, if possible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easier grading. Especially for attendance and in-class quizzes. Top Hat is phenomenal for quickly scoring student responses with an in-app administration, answering, and score-reporting (feedback) system. This provides the teacher with a centralized stream of grading data, and it provides the student with a personalized in-app gradebook that lists score histories for each of their TopHat-administered assignments and quizzes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director of First Impressions
Real Estate
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I LOVE the fact that you can customize and more affordable and interactive textbook for the classes you are taking. We all know that textbook prices aren't cheap and can definitely add up so it's really awesome that Top Hat offers the ability to actually afford a textbook that you can CUSTOMIZE to your needs,. Also from what I've heard from one of my professors is that it is easy to create Homework assignments through Top Hat as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that fact that I don't use it as often because I am no longer a teachers aid at my school, I did not use it often but when I did utilize Top Hat it didn't give me much to dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I say go for it ! Try something new especially if you are lost in your career choice as a teacher or need some guidance as a student. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you are looking to teach in any method, grade, or maybe want some practice as to how it works from a background standpoint then Top Hat is awesome. I feel like it'll benefit tons of new teachers who are just getting a grip on their teaching style as well as students who are trying to save money or need resources on how to excel in school. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Student
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Great user interface with impressive professor-student interaction. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It might be on the pricier side especially when a student needs it only for a semester as not all classes seem to use tophat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for students. One of the best learning apps for classes. It's great to answer questions that the professor has asked that are visible to all. There are tons of great features that make classroom activity so efficient and convenient like taking attendance, question polls etc. You can also review lecture materials that the professor can upload. It might be on the pricier side especially when a student needs it only for a semester as not all classes seem to use tophat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great to answer questions that the professor has asked that are visible to all. There are tons of great features that make classroom activity so efficient and convenient like taking attendance, question polls etc. You can also review lecture materials that the professor can upload. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Non-Profit Organization Management
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This software allowed me to connect with other students and allowed for immediate knowledge check. It was real time and easy to use. The app is accessible through mulitiple devices and worked great as an app on my Android phone and through my web browser on my tablet. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Kindle didn't have the app in their app store so I had to access it through my browser but it worked fine that way. It was just frustrating not to access an app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This allows for great training and classroom management and allows for questions to be asked within a large group without disrupting class ot having to try to physically gain the attention of the instructor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Founder and CEO
Media Production
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Top Hat is a wonderful tool to use in the classroom and for presentations. The Professor/Presenter can present slides live, ask questions both short answer and multiple choice. Top Hot takes attendance accurately and keeps people engaged throughout. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Top Hat can glitch during a presentation, although rare, it can be an issue. Overall, Top Hat is a much better alternative to iClicker. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Top Hat benefits both the presenter and the classroom by creating an engaging immersive experience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The remote access to it via smartphone. You can use it to claim attendance away from lecture as well as any other bonus points. You can ditch lecture and just use that as a way of saying you were in class. The professor wont know and you can just sleep after using it. The best reason is because of the versatility. I can use it with my smartphone and internet, meaning I can use it anywhere I want. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The inability to know when a question in being presented. You have to have a friend tell you about the question first or know when the question will be online. IF you dont you can easy miss the question and not answer it on time. I also dislike how professors can track where someone is using it from. If i am using it from home, the professor can track my IP address and not give me credit. If Top Hat can eliminate that function that it will make this software highly popular amongst college students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its not to use since you can claim attendance away from lecture. Treasure it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to remotely use the software to link people wherever they are. You can easily stay in bed while answering the question. It allows you the comfort while claiming attendance points. I also realized you can use one remote for a long time as it works for a while or you can just use your smartphone with the app installed and it will work via wifi. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

As an instructional designer, I love how Top Hat can bring interactivity to modes that might easily be passive, like lectures. As a tech support professional, I can appreciate how hands-on Top Hat is with their customer support. I like that Top Hat provides a hardware option for students rather than relying solely on smartphones. We have a diverse student population that does not always have the newest technology so the hardware is a reliable feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is not a whole lot to dislike about Top Hat. I guess the hardware options could be better/cheaper. I have not encountered any truly negative aspects to the tool. Support is easy, we get very few help desk tickets for Top Hat support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instructors use Top Hat in the classroom for lecture interaction and some types of assessment. I support the tool as part of the Instructional Technology Support team, so I can say that from that perspective Top Hat has been a better solution than our previous technology, which required more hands on support from both our team and the classroom tech team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Students only need an access code and can later view slides/questions for class discussion. Also serves self-directed learning well, as instructors may create interactive readings with video links and self-asessment questions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would ideal to be able to distinguish between small group/team and individual responses to in-class questions. This is not a criticism, but I recommend that this be implemented more widely in higher education. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly recommended for pre- and in-class activities/assignments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Satusfies need for active learning modules. Self-directed learning, interactive learning, quizzing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I liked being able to answer questions in my college courses from the tap of my phone and was able to go back through the questions to review before tests. It was also nice being able to check- in for attendance through this application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing in particular that I disliked, besides the occasional glitches that the application would have. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it ! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very helpful with classroom settings and I feel that it could be integrated in businesses as well to ask questions and get opinions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We use top hat as an interactive system during class time for Q&A at USC. It is very useful because it speeds up question collection time and the interface is easy to navigate as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike, the platform has helped our coursework a lot Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We did many polls in class through tophat and it’s always nice to have a direct view of the results right after the votes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

TopHat is a good program for collecting instant feedback from students in a large classroom setting Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Other technology can be used to achieve the same results as Top Hat, including iClickers and software that the university already utilizes, in order to lessen costs for students. Top Hat can be difficult to navigate when large amounts of content are added to a class, so this is not the best platform for providing material for at-home studying and quizzes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Explore other options that are available that can be used to achieve the same academic goals while also minimizing cost incurred for students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Taking attendance, asking in-class questions with automatic grading Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

TopHat is fairly easy to use, and it provides real-time assessment capabilities in the classroom. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can be glitchy sometimes, and students sometimes struggle with the sign-up process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TopHat allows for real-time assessment in the classroom. As a result of this capability, instructors can see how students are handling the material and learning as classes progress. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This interactive tool allows rapid feedback and promotes improved classroom activities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I think that the classroom code is a bit of a nuisance. There has to be a better way for stratifying groups. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my educational setting, this tool is used often for attendance, feedback, and gauging student progress during small group discussions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Whether you are running courses or taking them it offers an easy to use application. Profs tend to spend a lot of time in admin based tasks and Top Hat can help mitigate this and allow educators to focus on teaching and getting good grades for students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The admin interface although good, could so with more tool tips. I find it helps a lot with homework and assignments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Sign up test it out, if you are an educator it will help with running classes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Facilitate taking attendance very easily, it would be good to take more classes remotely and help students who can't always come to class. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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