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Top Hat's integration with ICON allows instructors to synchronize student rosters and grades across the two platforms.


Connect your course to ICON

1.    In Top Hat, navigate to your course and click your name in the top right corner of your browser.

arrow clicking on name

2.    Click Course Settings.
3.    Click LMS Set-Up & Sync.
arrow pointing to LMS Setup and Sync

4.    Next, click Enable LMS Sync.
5.    Top Hat will ask for permission to sync. Click Authorize Top Hat with your LMS.
6.    You will be taken to ICON. Check that your information is correct, then click Authorize.
7.    The next screen will list your ICON courses available to connect with Top Hat. Select the correct course and click Next.
8.    You will see all sections of that course. Select the sections you want to connect to Top Hat and click Connect.
9.    You can click Go to Student Manager once your roster finishes importing from ICON.


Enable Top Hat connection for students in ICON

Once you've connected your Top Hat and ICON courses, you can add a link in your menu that will make it easy for students to set up a Top Hat account and connect directly to your Top Hat course from ICON.

  1. Login to and choose the ICON course connected to your Top Hat course.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Navigation.
  4. Find Top Hat in the list of tools available, click the three dots to the right and then click Enable (you can also drag it from the bottom list of items to the top one.)
  5. Click Save at the bottom.
  6. Verify Top Hat is listed in the course navigation menu of your ICON course. Now students can connect directly to your Top Hat course from ICON (this connection does not work for instructors.)


 Update connection between Top Hat and ICON

Once you have connected your Top Hat course with an ICON course, you can sync the two whenever you need to update your roster or grades.

  1. Navigate to the Content or Students page of your Top Hat Course.
  2. Click your name in the upper left. Select Course Settings.
  3. Select LMS SETUP & SYNC.  
    View of Course Settings, under LMS Set up & Sync with an arrow pointing to Run LMS Sync
  4. You can choose General Sync to sync all information, or Sync Roster Only.
    • Choose General Sync to update all ICON and Top Hat information, including grades.
    • Choose Sync Roster Only to update your roster before presenting in class without syncing grades.
    • You have options you can adjust when syncing, if you keep scrolling. Click Edit next to any option to explore further.
  5. Click Run LMS sync. Now your ICON and Top Hat information will be synced.
  6. Once you have synced, click Back to [Course Name] at the top left of your browser to return to your Top Hat course.

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