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    What is Top Hat?

    Top Hat 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.

    Student Response Systems (SRSs) such as Top Hat can make your classes more interactive, facilitate class discussions, guide lectures, encourage peer instruction, allow for immediate student feedback, and allow for polling.

    Recent updates:

    Instructors can now order Top Hat through the ICON Direct Ordering Tool for a reduced cost to our students. The cost for a student license now through June 30, 2022 is only $13. Instructors can email or log in to the ICON Direct Ordering Tool to place their own Top Hat content request. Many instructors have told us that the cost to students has been their primary barrier to ordering. We hope that this will allow more instructors to choose to order this tool. 

    Learn how Top Hat can help make classes more interactive by facilitating class discussions, guiding lectures, encouraging peer instruction, and offering polling options. 

    Top Hat at Iowa

    Watch the following videos, where a University of Iowa professor discusses more about Top Hat and how it can be successfully utilized for your classes:

    1. What is Top Hat?
    2. How do you create and utilize the discussion feature in Top Hat?
    3. How can an instructor best prepare their students to use Top Hat in class?

    Accessing Top Hat

    To access Top Hat, please navigate to

    Getting Started with Top Hat


    Instructors can now order Top Hat through the ICON Direct Ordering Tool for a reduced cost to UI Students. ICON Direct ordering deadlines apply to both Top Hat and other materials.

    Use your HawkID and password to sign up for a free instructor account at Top Hat

    Create content using the Top Hat Instructor Quick Start Guide

    Sync Top Hat with your courses using ICON Integration 

    For tips on integrating Top Hat into your courses and for language to include in your syllabus, see the Teaching Best Practices page.


    Top Hat student licenses cost:

    • $13 (purchase online with textbooks)
    • Students with an active license will not be charged

    Visit the Top Hat Student Quick Start Guide for information on accessing Top Hat, response options, and gradebook information.


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