Using Top Hat Classroom at Sacramento State


 Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. 

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.     

Beginning Fall 2016, Top Hat Classroom is the Recommended Standard Student Engagement Tool at Sacramento State  

Top Hat Classroom leverages student’s internet-connected devices as teaching tools, transforming the passive lecture hall into an engaging learning environment. With Top Hat instructors can:

Create a Synchronous experience with all students:

  • Sync lecture slides with student’s devices so they can follow along in real-time
  • Share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps
  • Assign slides in review mode, allowing students to download and study at any time

Manage all lecture materials and interactive questions online:

  • Upload all your slides, animations and interactive polling questions to create one seamless presentation in Top Hat Classroom
  • Choose from seven interactive question types: multiple choice, matching, sorting, short-answer, numeric answer, click-on-target and fill in the blank

Instantly grade and assess student performance

  • All responses and participation grades are captured instantly in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time
  • Grades can be exported easily to Sac State's Canvas LMS
  • Analyze auto-grade results to guage comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce


Top Hat is free for Sac State faculty

Subscriptions are available for your students at the Sac State bookstore or by contacting Top Hat directly

Faculty interested in trying Top Hat Classroom can access a hands-on demo and freely explore the features and functionalities of the platform. 

Faculty Training and Certification Coming Up

The Center for Teaching and Learning in partnership with Top Hat's professional development will be offering training and certification for Sac State faculty. 

Training certification will be held on: Monday April 30th and May 1st 2018. 

To see the complete agenda and to register to save your space, please click here.

Contact Us at the Center for Teaching and Learning:

If you are interested in this technology please contact us at or Marco Martinez at the Center for Teaching and Learning: and we can help you learn more about how to use Top Hat in the classroom.