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Top Hat

Notice: TurningPoint will not be supported after July 2018.

Top Hat is a web-based student response system and comprehensive teaching platform that instructors can use to engage students with interactive slides, graded questions, polls, assignments and more. Students can use smartphones, tablets, laptops, and ordinary cell phones to participate. Blackboard integration is available for gradebook synchronization. Read more about Top Hat on the Pedagogical Consideration check list.

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Getting Started with Top Hat

Instructors

Students

Getting Support with Top Hat

Instructors

Students

Getting Started with Top Hat

Instructors

Instructor accounts are free of charge and allow an unlimited number of courses.

If you are new to Top Hat, make an appointment with ITS by emailing zoujing@umkc.edu. We work with Top Hat to provide instructors with free services to facilitate your use or transition to Top Hat, including:

  • One-on-one orientation with a Top Hat specialist.

  • Follow-up meetings with a Top Hat instructional designer.

  • Migrating existing PowerPoint files from TurningPoint to Top Hat.

To create your Top Hat account and courses, follow the UMKC Instructor Quick Start Guide. The quick start guide also includes instructions on most frequently used features. Top Hat offers easy student roster and gradebook synchronization with Blackboard. Check the Blackboard Integration instructions for details.

Students

Turning clicker Rebate: Before March 31st, students with existing TurningPoint clickers will be eligible to receive a $20 credit when purchasing a Top Hat subscription. Click here for details.

For instructions on setting up your account and how to use Top Hat, see the UMKC Student Quick Start Guide.

To participate in Top Hat activities, you need a Top Hat subscription and a mobile device, which can be a web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. If you only have a basic cell phone, or unable to connect to Wi-Fi, you can still submit most types of answers via text message. For details, see Student SMS/Text Message Submissions.

The following pricing options are available to UMKC students::

  • One semester: $20

  • One year: $30

  • Four Years: $60

(Top Hat offers a free 7-day trail, and free short-term subscription extension. Contact Top Hat support for this service.)

Purchase online: You will be directed to the purchase portal after registration for your Top Hat account.

UMKC Bookstores: You can also purchase a subscription card from campus bookstores and redeem online with your Top Hat account (Keep the receipt for possible rebate). Contact the bookstore directly for availability.

Getting Help with Top Hat

Instructors:

For orientation, training, or on campus support, contact zoujing@umkc.edu.

For technical support, contact Top Hat Support.

Students

Contact your instructor first for questions regarding participation and grading.

For technical support, contact Top Hat Support.

 

For More Information

More information about how to use Top Hat can be found in the UMKC Knowledgebase. Search for Top Hat, or ask a question about how to use Top Hat.