Top Hat

Top Hat is a web-based software tool teachers can use to take attendance, administer polls and quizzes, play games and share notes. Students download the app and use their laptop, phone or tablet to participate.

Features

  • Upload your slides, add annotations and interactive questions.
  • Take attendance effortlessly & accurately using geolocation technology.
  • Launch discussions and get real-time feedback and reports.
  • UBlearns integration allows professors to sync grading and class roster information between the two systems.
  • Securely administer tests and quizzes in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment (additional student fee).
  • UB students receive a discount when they purchase a Top Hat license.

Get Started

You can now use your UBITName account credentials to access your Top Hat account! The instructions will vary slightly depending on whether or not you are brand new to Top Hat, or if you've previously created a Top Hat account at any point in the past.

If you are new to Top Hat

Simply navigate to www.tophat.com using your computer (note: this must be done on a web browser; it cannot be done from a mobile app), click the SIGNUP button and then identify that you want to create a professor's account.

Select University at Buffalo SUNY from the drop-down menu that will appear and then click Login with your school account. You will then be directed to your university login page where you can log in with your University at Buffalo credentials.

If you have previously created a Top Hat account

Navigate to www.tophat.com using your computer (note: this must be done in a web browser; it cannot be done from a mobile app), click the LOGIN button. Select University at Buffalo SUNY from the drop-down menu that will appear and then click Login with school account.

See the UB Single Sign On Account Setup link below for full step-by-step instructions.

Blackboard on UBlearns Integration

Top Hat's advanced Blackboard integration allows professors to sync grading and class roster information between the two systems. The integration is designed to ease student registration and on-boarding as well as allow professors to easily send grades from Top Hat into Blackboard.

Top Hat Test

Securely administer tests and quizzes in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment using Top Hat’s proprietary lock-out capabilities. Additional license fee required for student use.

You can also schedule a workshop on Top Hat with Brad Lindsay at https://meetme.so/tophatbrad

Top Hat Test Resources

  • Before the test
    Best practices to consider before running a test in Top Hat for the first time.
  • During the test
    Step-by-step instructions on managing your proctor report effectively and monitoring student activity while administering a test.
  • After the test
    Best practices for after administering a test in Top Hat including how to hand back your test.

Access to the Marketplace Test Pack

If you need access to the Marketplace Test pack, please email Top Hat's support team (support@tophat.com) using the following template:

Hello,

Would you please enable Marketplace access on my Top Hat account? The email address associated with my professor account is (your email address).

The join codes for my courses are (your codes).

Thank you.  

Top Hat Support

If you’re interested in using Top Hat, please contact UB's dedicated Top Hat support representative, Brad Lindsay, at brad.lindsay@tophat.com

You can also schedule a workshop on Top Hat with Brad Lindsay at https://meetme.so/tophatbrad

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday,
Phone: 888-663-5491
Email: support@tophat.com

Support Documentation