Top Hat

Last updated on October 26, 2023

Top Hat is an active learning platform that provides instructors with multiple ways to engage students, including online homework and in-class interactive activities and polls. Top Hat allows students to use any web-enabled device (i.e., laptop, tablets, smartphones) to participate.

Top Hat is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. More information, consult the Top Hat KnowledgeBase documents.

Getting started

To get started using Top Hat, sign up and create an account at You can log in using your UW–‍Madison NetID. For instructions, please see the overview guide on the KB.

Key features

  • Uses any web-enabled device (i.e., laptop, tablet, smartphone)
  • Offers synchronous presentation that allows students to follow content as it is presented in class
  • Automatically takes attendance of participating learners
  • Supports multiple question types, including click-on-target, word answer and multiple choice
  • Offers SMS and offline mode capability
  • Supports file hosting and upload capability for PowerPoint and other file types
  • Offers real-time analytics
  • Supports live assessments and auto-graded quizzes that sync with the Canvas Gradebook
  • Includes a full Top Hat gradebook
  • Provides detailed student performance reports


Top Hat support is provided by the vendor. For direct support, please call (888) 663-5491 or visit Top Hat support webpage.

The Learn@UW–‍Madison team is also available to consult with instructors and instructional staff on selecting and using the appropriate learning technology to improve student success. You can request a consultation by contacting the DoIT Help Desk. Additionally, the Learn@UW KnowledgeBase offers helpful documents for instructors, course owners and students.

Available to

  • Faculty
  • Instructors
  • Students

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