Top Hat Student Response Learning System

In 2010 the California State Student Association (CSSA) created a resolution calling for each CSU campus to develop and implement policies and practices for clicker standardization. In response, the CSU Chancellors Office issued a memorandum to campuses requiring that they submit a campus clicker strategy no later than June 1, 2011. Sacramento State complied with this request by submitting the first Clicker Standard Recommendation Report created in July 2008.

This process was repeated in June 2016 after a 12 member Student Response System Committee comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives met over a period of a year and evaluated several options for selection of the new standard for Sac State.  Students, faculty, and staff involved in the process found Top Hat to be an innovative and valuable tool for student engagement.     

As of Fall 2016, Top Hat is the new standard student engagement system at Sac State.  

As a proven student engagement and interactive teaching platform, Top Hat’s software helps university/college professors activate classrooms. Academic studies have reinforced the reality that students better understand the day’s lesson if they’re asked to engage with peers, interact with complex material and participate in class.  By asking students to use their personal device to answer quizzes, reply to polls and tackle difficult simulations, Top Hat easily and effectively transforms the passive lecture hall into an exciting learning environment.  As a strong advocate for traditional, on-campus education, Top Hat not only modernizes established teaching methods, but also facilitates new approaches including the ‘flipped classroom,’ ‘group learning,’ and other creative solutions. Thousands of professors and hundreds of universities/colleges worldwide rely on TopHat to engage their students and improve academic performance.

Adoption of Top Hat is not required at Sacramento State. Faculty are and have always been free to choose any clicker technology they feel works best in their discipline; however, due to limited resources and time we will only be supporting Top Hat at the Center for Teaching and Learning as it is the standard the clicker task force has chosen.

Learning More about Top Hat

You can learn more about Top Hat by visiting  http://tophat.com and sign up for a free faculty account which can integrate with our SacCT learning management system (SacCT integration is forthcoming for fall 2016, we will update this webpage when this feature is live.)  

Also, in order to help faculty quicker and more efficiently Top Hat has set up a website specifically for Sacramento State which will get you started in setting up a Top Hat account.

Click here to get to Top Hat's Sac State webpage: 

Attend Some Workshops!

You can also plan to attend the Top Hat workshops we will be providing on August 23 and 24, and meet with Top Hat representative Christian Conroy ( christian.c@tophat.com ), who can give you more information on how to get started.

Please RSVP to clickers@csus.edu if you plan to attend any of the workshops below:

Top Hat Workshops:

  • August 23, 9:00am to 11:00am & 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Main Library 4026

    Come learn about the fundamentals from Top Hat representative Christian Conroy. Christian will be on campus to explain the ways Top Hat can improve the classroom experience for both professors and students, demonstrate some of the basic features and functions, and talk through account setup, support and pricing for professors interested in using the platform for the first time.
  • August 24, 9:00am to 11:00am & 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Main Library 4026

    Take a deeper dive with Top Hat and learn how to facilitate classroom presentations with your iPad, create additional courses and author your own material. Top Hat representative will also demonstrate Top Hat’s new content Marketplace, where instructors can find course materials created by their peers. If you’re new to Top Hat, and couldn’t attend Day 1, please feel free to attend this session.

I Can't Attend Any Workshops:

If you’re unavailable on the dates of the workshop, and want to find a time to speak with Christian before or after the workshop dates, you can find a set up a time in his calendar using this link: http://meetme.so/tophatchristian

As Sacramento State’s dedicated representative, Christian can take you through the Top Hat basics, answer questions and provide you with further resources, and get you started with an account.

Top Hat also has excellent one-on-one training and technical support for faculty and students, and the following links will direct you to seek that help:

https://support.tophat.com/s/

https://support.tophat.com/s/article/Professor-Asking-a-Top-Hat-Question

https://support.tophat.com/s/article/Professor-Using-Discussions

https://support.tophat.com/s/article/Professor-Uploading-your-Slide-Presentation

https://support.tophat.com/s/article/Professor-Using-the-Presentation-Tool

https://support.tophat.com/s/article/Professor-Syllabus-Information

 

How much will it cost my students?

The bookstore already has semester subscriptions available to your students if you decide to use Top Hat this semester. The price is $24.00 per student per semester. There are other options that students can purchase directly from Top Hat.

Contact Us at the Center for Teaching and Learning:

If you are interested in this technology please contact us at  clickers@csus.edu or Marco Martinez at the Center for Teaching and Learning:  marco@csus.edu and we can help you learn more about Top Hat.