Top Hat for students

Top Hat is an interactive learning tool for classroom engagement and assessment. To use Top Hat, you will need to register for an account (if you do not have one yet), download the Top Hat app and purchase a subscription. The subscription fee is $26/term or $43/year.

  • Top Hat mobile app

    Students use Top Hat app to participate in classroom polling activities. The app can be downloaded at the Apple Store/GooglePlay. Students can also use a web browser on the laptop to respond to polling questions. A subscription is required. 

  • Creating a Top Hat account and connecting with WebCampus

    1. Go to the course Modules in WebCampus and click on the Top Hat link to be taken to the Top Hat registration page.

    Figure 1. The Top Hat Registration module with "Top Hat" link within the course module in WebCampus. Students may click on the "Top Hat" link, with a link icon next to it.
    Figure 1. The Top Hat Registration module with "Top Hat" link within the course module in WebCampus. Students may click on the "Top Hat" link, with a link icon next to it, which will take users to the Top Hat registration page.

    2. If students don't have an account yet, click on the "Sign up" blue button/link to create an account. If students have a Top Hat account, click the blue "Log in" button/link to connect their account to WebCampus.

    Figure 2. Screenshot of the Top Hat "Create Account or Merge Existing Account" page. The school name is populated with "University of Nevada, Reno" with two options below: "I'd like to create a new account" and "I have an existing account." The "Create account" option has an icon and "Sign up" blue button/link for users to click to create their acccount. The "Use existing account" allows users to log into their existing Top Hat accounts by clicking the blue "Log in" button/link.
    Figure 2. Screenshot of the Top Hat "Create Account or Merge Existing Account" page. The school name is populated with "University of Nevada, Reno" with two options below: "I'd like to create a new account" and "I have an existing account." The "Create account" option has an icon and "Sign up" blue button/link for users to click to create their acccount. The "Use existing account" allows users to log into their existing Top Hat accounts by clicking the blue "Log in" button/link.

    3. On the "Create your account" window, the student's name and email address will already be populated. Students can create a password in the password text box and click the checkbox next to "I agree with the Terms and Conditions." Finally, they can click the "Next" button/link.

    Figure 3. Screenshot of the "Create your account" window for Top Hat. The "First Name," "Last Name" and "Email" fields are populated with the user's name, but are blurred in this image for identity protection. The "Password" field is circled to show users where to enter a password. The checkbox next to "I agree with the Terms and Conditions" is circled to show users where to click to agree with the terms. The "Next" button is grayed out on the bottom of the screenshot.
    Figure 3. Screenshot of the "Create your account" window for Top Hat. The "First Name," "Last Name" and "Email" fields are populated with the user's name, but are blurred in this image for identity protection. The "Password" field is circled to show users where to enter a password. The checkbox next to "I agree with the Terms and Conditions" is circled to show users where to click to agree with the terms. The "Next" button is grayed out on the bottom of the screenshot.

    4. When asked for the Student ID, students should enter their NetID. Then click the "Next" button/link.

    5. Users can can skip the next step. They do not have to provide your phone number. However, if users do not use a smart device, they need to enter their phone number so they can send the answer choices as text messages. It only works on some question types.

    NOTE: Users may be charged for the text messages by their service provider.

    6. The Top Hat account is now set up. Students can continue to purchase a subscription if they do not have one.