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New for 2019

The University of Iowa will be transitioning to Top Hat as the only centrally supported student response system beginning Summer 2019. If you have any questions about Top Hat, would like training on it, or would like to have Turning Point slides converted to Top Hat, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

Why Change?

  1. Top Hat is an all-in-one teaching platform, which the University of Iowa has licensed through Unizin
  2. Top Hat is fully integrated with ICON/Canvas and has an automated process for updating your ICON rosters and grades.
  3. Top Hat's OER capabilities allow for easy customization and delivery of low or no cost textbooks.

What are Clickers/Student Response Systems?

Student Response Systems are also referred to as "Clickers," "Audience Response Systems" or "Personal Response Systems." Clickers allow students to enter responses via their cell phones, laptops, or tablets through an app or web browser. Instructors create questions, discussions and interactive elements that can be mixed in with their class presentations. These tools have been used extensively for quizzes and tests, to direct classroom discussions, and provide feedback on course material.

Clickers can make your classes more interactive, facilitate class discussions, guide lectures, encourage peer instruction, allow for immediate student feedback, and allow for polling.

Top Hat Common Links

Link to Clickers/Student Response Systems Getting Started How-To Guides
Teaching Best Practices Instructor FAQs Student FAQs

Support for Clickers