About & Pics

Description

Top Hat helps professors make teaching more fun and effective by turning distracting mobile devices into learning tools and building comprehension with customizable, affordable textbooks and interactive homework.

Millions of students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use Top Hat’s interactive engagement tools, course materials and homework.

“Students already have their phones in their hands, they are probably looking at them in class, so why not turn that into something useful.“ —Professor, Biology, California State University

Features:
• Experience your lecture like never before—with Top Hat, you can synchronously view slides on your mobile device, in real time, as your professor moves through them in class
• Get ready for an engaging classroom experience, where instructors embed multiple question types such as multiple choice, word answer, numeric response, sorting, and click-on-image to make lectures more interesting and fun
• Discussions and polling—provide instant feedback to your instructor on whether they need to cover that last concept once more before moving on
• Automated attendance, grading, and participation—check into class using a unique code on your mobile device to pick up easy participation marks
• Complete homework for grades or for review—students can access graded and nongraded homework or short quizzes that instructors use to test for gaps in understanding
• More affordable textbook options—with Top Hat's Marketplace, your instructor can choose to adopt online course materials that are more engaging, interactive and affordable than traditional textbooks. Interactive textbooks from Top Hat are embedded with images, videos, audio clips, moving timelines and embedded questions—all designed to engage students and help deepen understanding of course concepts

91% of Instructors believe that Top Hat makes a positive impact on their students' learning experience.

 Free in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Jul 23, 2013 (over 5 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 11 days, on average.

Nov 21
2018
(Current)
Version 5.54.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Improved classroom layout
• Added some improvements to error handling
• Improved question timer layout
• General bug fixes and improvements

Oct 31
2018
Version 5.53.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue where students would sometimes see an empty course list
• Improved the UI on multiple choice questions
• General bug fixes and improvements

Oct 25
2018
Version 5.52.3

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue that could cause the app to crash on launch

Oct 23
2018
Version 5.52.2

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed a bug that stopped users from being able to navigate through slides
• Fixed a bug where users could become stuck when answering assigned questions

Oct 20
2018
Version 5.52.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed some layout issues with questions in classroom

Oct 17
2018
Version 5.52.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:
• Improved the UI around multiple choice, numeric, and click on target questions
• Ensured that discussions were more usable
• Simplified the process by which customer support can be contacted
• Fixed some issues around our login flow

Oct 03
2018
Version 5.51.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed some iOS 12 layout issues
• Improved the UI for questions
• Fixed some minor bugs around attendance and pages

Sep 27
2018
Version 5.50.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause discussions to crash

Sep 21
2018
Version 5.50.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Added the ability to reveal correct answers in review mode
• Added a new way to gather feedback
• Fixed some accesibility issues
• Updated some UI elements inside a course

Sep 19
2018
Version 5.49.3

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue that was preventing some users from logging in

Sep 19
2018
Version 5.49.2

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Added improvements to how we discover issues with logging in

Sep 15
2018
Version 5.49.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue where users might have difficulty accessing Top Hat Test or Tournaments
• Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause users to no longer be able to see their assigned items

Sep 06
2018
Version 5.49.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Implemented consistent behaviour for questions in a paused state across all question types

Aug 31
2018
Version 5.48.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue that caused the app to sometimes break when entering a course

Aug 23
2018
Version 5.48.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple of new updates to note:

• Fixed some UI issues for certain questions on iPhone X
• Fixed some a few issues with long answer question type

Aug 15
2018
Version 5.47.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Added the ability to respond to long answer questions
• Fixed some bugs

Jul 25
2018
Version 5.46.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:
• New question types supported
• Fixed a minor bug where the keyboard would cover blanks towards the end of long fill-in-the-blank questions
• Fixed issues around location detection being stuck for secure attendance
• Fixed minor UI issues around the loading indicator in the lecture tab

Jul 22
2018
Version 5.45.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Fixed a minor bug that prevented students from seeing assigned items in slides

Jul 15
2018
Version 5.45.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Fixed an issue that was sometimes causing users to be unable to submit answers in class
• Improved how we report error messages to users in parts of the app

Jun 29
2018
Version 5.44.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! We are constantly bringing new updates to improve your experience using our app. Here are a couple new updates to note:

• Bug fixes and performance improvements for an enhanced experienced
• Colour and typography improvements for better viewing experience
• Improved and easier question reload functionality

Jun 07
2018
Version 5.43.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

May 30
2018
Version 5.42.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

May 24
2018
Version 5.42.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

May 14
2018
Version 5.41.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Apr 26
2018
Version 5.40.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Apr 25
2018
Version 5.40.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Apr 07
2018
Version 5.39.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Apr 06
2018
Version 5.39.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Mar 27
2018
Version 5.38.1

Fixed an issue where iOS 10 users could not answer questions.

Mar 22
2018
Version 5.38.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Mar 07
2018
Version 5.37.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 22
2018
Version 5.36.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 14
2018
Version 5.35.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 07
2018
Version 5.35.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 02
2018
Version 5.34.3

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 01
2018
Version 5.34.2

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Jan 30
2018
Version 5.34.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Jan 23
2018
Version 5.34.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Jan 10
2018
Version 5.33.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Jan 03
2018
Version 5.32.0

Changed support options to make it super easy to reach us with questions.

Dec 06
2017
Version 5.31.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Nov 22
2017
Version 5.30.2

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Nov 21
2017
Version 5.30.1

A small change to resolve some confusion around open items in gradebook.

Nov 15
2017
Version 5.30.0

For students:
• New feature – Group Work! This allows groups of students to answer a question as a group. Coming soon to a Top Hat near you...
• Simplified permissions flow for Secure Attendance! Bluetooth off to save battery? No problem at all, the app prompts you to turn it back on
• Tapping Continue after you enter your attendance code will take you to the next screen
• Fixed a bug where Gradebook would crash for very large courses
• Tapping Reply in a Discussion will submit your response. No need to tap it twice!
• Unsupported characters in LaTeX equations will be shown as-is in the app
• Lots more support for in-app analytics to help us diagnose problems that are flagged to us by students (YOU!)

For instructors:
• Minor bug fixes for the iPad app including the "sync" message re-appearing too often

Love us? Hate us? Meh us? Leave us a review! It's cathartic.

Note: release notes do not qualify as medical advice.

Nov 01
2017
Version 5.29.0

To all students in UW Madison updating the app for Music 113 - hi!

• Improved in-app notifications! Is your prof presenting a slide? or a question? or an armadillo? We've got you covered.
• Improved feedback for Fill in the Blank questions. You can review your entire answer at a glance in the hinting panel.
• Did you know that you can view slides in full-screen when you turn your phone to landscape mode? We've tweaked that experience to make it even easier to follow along.
• Several crashes and stability improvements.

Like our app? Hate it? Please leave us a review! Your feedback is valuable. We check the app store reviews everyday (not counting holidays since our app needs a break too!).

Oct 24
2017
Version 5.28.1

Fixed an issue where certain students could not access all support options available to them.

Oct 19
2017
Version 5.28.0

• New: Students are taken directly to an activated question in Lecture
• Improvement to Fill-in-the-blank questions: You can type up all of your responses without dismissing the keyboard at every step
• Fixed: Some single sign-on users had troubles authenticating if they have multiple accounts
• Fixed: Very long sorting/matching questions were cut off on smaller phones and required scrolling
• Fixed: Certain numeric and word answer questions required the student to type up an answer twice before submitting

Oct 14
2017
Version 5.27.2

Critical hotfix:
• This release fixes the missing "Submit" button for timed and paused questions

Oct 11
2017
Version 5.27.1

A quick release that addresses some painful bugs:
• Improved management of questions in the background to prevent invalid submissions
• Fixed a crash that affected sorting or multiple choice questions

Oct 04
2017
Version 5.27.0

• More space when you answer questions! The submit bar is now hidden from view while you type up your answer
• UX improvements to Fill-in-the-blank questions to make it even easier to answer questions
• Fixed: Extra-long matching questions were cut off and required scrolling
• Fixed: Some users were incorrectly seeing the "subscription expired" banner
• Fixed: Tapping the in-class notifications now activate the correct slide/question
• We've also fixed a bunch of crashes to further improve app stability

Oct 02
2017
Version 5.26.2

• Critical fix for Secure Attendance: this update resolves a permission issue and affects all students on iOS 11.

Sep 28
2017
Version 5.26.1

• Top Hat now supports iOS 11
• We’ve expanded support for LaTeX primitives and non-ASCII characters. In simple words: our LaTeX rendering game just levelled up.

Sep 22
2017
Version 5.26.0

The Fall semester is kicking into high-gear release loaded with goodies to make your in-class experience richer:
• Introducing the highly anticipated Answer Feedback mode! Professors can optionally add feedback to questions assigned as Homework. Professors can also allow multiple responses for Homework questions.
• Problems with attendance? Professors can mark students as excused at their discretion. The excused status is reflected in the student Gradebook.
• Discussions support rich-text content.
• Re-opening a fill-in-the-blanks question will automatically populate your previous answer.
• In poor WiFi conditions, your answers will automatically queue up for submission (you already knew that). However, the state change from pending to answered is now accurately reflected in the course tree.
• Fixed: very long options with equations were cut off in multiple choice questions.
• Fixed: some students weren't seeing all the support options available to them.
• Fixed: certain slides were not activating properly during a Lecture.
• Fixed: pesky crashes to improve reliability.

As always, we welcome any feedback directly at support@tophat.com. Keep those app store reviews coming! We read each and every one and act on every piece of actionable feedback. Yes, that includes the the 1 star reviews.

Sep 19
2017
Version 5.25.1

Happy Monday!
• We've enhanced our support for classrooms with poor WiFi connectivity.
• We've addressed a pesky crash.

Sep 08
2017
Version 5.25.0

The meaning of life release that solves all of your problems:
• Introducing a new question type: Fill-in-the-blanks! It's new! It's fresh! Your instructors have the option to switch it up with this interactive question type.
• Improved navigation for folders and presentations. Hierarchies for everyone!
• Optimized network calls for Secure Attendance to improve bandwidth and battery life.
• Fixed a bug with matching questions where certain answers were classified incorrectly.
• Fixed a bug that prevented some students from responding to questions right after registration.

Aug 27
2017
Version 5.24.1

Making Top Hat reliable in the classroom is our priority. We're working on several initiatives that circumvent WiFi, cell network, and network congestion problems.
• Offline Mode is now available in select classrooms. Offline Mode allows you to participate in a Top Hat lecture with poor connectivity.
• Additional reliability improvements: Your response will be automatically queued up for submission if your WiFi is spotty.

Aug 24
2017
Version 5.24.0

For students:
• NEW: Homework/Review labels make it even easier to navigate assigned Pages and Presentations
• NEW: Support for rich-text content in questions, because it's 2017
• Ever been annoyed by those pesky "rate us!" widgets? We won't nag you to rate Top Hat anymore
• Fixed: Unanswered questions are now sorted to match the order set by the instructor
• Fixed: Certain sorting questions won't crash the app
• Several fixes to make Secure Attendance an even smoother experience

For instructors using the iPad:
• We've further simplified the signup flow to allow new instructors to create accounts easily on the iPad
• Exiting presentation mode preserves context based on the last presented item
• Re-ordering options for a sorting question requires one less step
• Access individual discussion responses, especially if they're longer than usual
• Moving items in and out of folders will refresh the content tree immediately

Aug 18
2017
Version 5.23.1

For instructors:
• We found a bug and we've squashed it! Creating questions and Quick Ask are back to being rock-solid on the iPad.

Aug 11
2017
Version 5.23.0

For Students:
• We've completely overhauled our attendance service. Coming soon to a classroom near you!
• [Bug fix] Certain chapters in textbooks failed to load. Not anymore!
• [Bug fix] Extra-long LaTeX matrices won't be cutoff in the Question view.

For Instructors, changes to our iPad app:
• The assign/unassign functionality is a lot more intuitive
• We've optimized the way the app makes network requests to make it more reliable in the classroom
• Several other improvements that remove unnecessary steps to get you in and out of Presentation mode quickly

Jul 26
2017
Version 5.22.0

• NEW: We've revamped the answering experience with an improved hints and explanations card. The card is expandable so you can review longer hints easily.
• Bugfix: Questions in certain presentations were hidden due to animations.
• Lots of under-the-hood work towards exciting new features that we’re aiming to deliver in the next few releases!

Jul 12
2017
Version 5.21.0

We’re working hard to make Top Hat an awesome experience in the classroom. Notable items in this release:
• Update: Students can now view images that are assigned as module items
• Details: Discussion responses are not chopped off anymore
• Details: We’ve added pull-to-refresh support during in-class presentations for days when your class WiFi is having a bad (h)air day
• Accessibility: Additional VoiceOver updates for attendance and question responses
• Bugfix: Taking a photo for a click on Target question will not crash the app
• Bugfix: In some cases, students were seeing a Trial Notification upon logging into the app. Not anymore!
• Bugfix: Minor tweaks to slide navigation in the classroom

Jul 06
2017
Version 5.20.0

Notice our snazzy new logo? We’ve launched a new brand identity at Top Hat! Check out our new look at TopHat.com.

• Revamped: The entire onboarding experience has been rebuilt. Logging in and signing up are simpler and easier than ever before.
• Improvement: Slides now support reveal animations mirroring your prof's presentation.
• Security: We support third-party password managers for log in and sign up. Keep it secure!
• Accessibility: We’ve added further Voiceover improvements.
• Details: opening Pages is now simpler with one less step.

Jun 27
2017
Version 5.19.3

• Bug fixes

Jun 19
2017
Version 5.19.2

• We've squashed a pesky little bug: you can now respond to questions embedded in textbooks!

Jun 09
2017
Version 5.19.1

• Fixed an issue that prevented certain LaTeX equations from rendering properly

Jun 02
2017
Version 5.19.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

May 24
2017
Version 5.18.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Apr 27
2017
Version 5.17.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Apr 06
2017
Version 5.16.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Mar 20
2017
Version 5.15.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Mar 14
2017
Version 5.14.0

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 20
2017
Version 5.13.1

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Notable in this version: Fix an issue causing an invalid subscription banner to appear. Sorry about that!

Feb 16
2017
Version 5.13

Thank you for using Top Hat! To make our app better for you, we bring regular updates to the App Store.

Every version of Top Hat includes usability and reliability improvements.

Feb 01
2017
Version 5.12

Various enhancements and bug fixes

Jan 19
2017
Version 5.11.1

Various enhancements and bug fixes

Jan 19
2017
Version 5.11.0

Various enhancements and bug fixes

Dec 20
2016
Version 5.10.0

Various enhancements and bug fixes

Dec 07
2016
Version 5.9.2

Bug fixes

Dec 05
2016
Version 5.9.1

Bug fixes

Nov 29
2016
Version 5.9.0

Various enhancements and bug fixes

Nov 14
2016
Version 5.8.0

Bug fixes

Nov 02
2016
Version 5.7.4

Bug fixes

Oct 27
2016
Version 5.7.3

Bug fixes and stability improvements!

Oct 21
2016
Version 5.7.2

Performance Optimization
System Stability

Oct 17
2016
Version 5.7.1

Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Oct 06
2016
Version 5.7.0

This version introduces question hinting and explanation for questions assigned to review. Also, includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Sep 14
2016
Version 5.6.7

Bug fixes

Sep 05
2016
Version 5.6.6

Bug fixes

Sep 02
2016
Version 5.6.5

Improved experience
Bug fixes

Aug 26
2016
Version 5.6.4

Bug fixes

Aug 20
2016
Version 5.6.2

Bug fixes

Aug 13
2016
Version 5.6.1

2 important crash fixes
Bug fix that was disallowing some users from viewing content

Aug 12
2016
Version 5.6.0

Fall semester release
Bug fixes

Aug 10
2016
Version 5.5.1

Fixes a crash that was introduced with the previous version

Aug 06
2016
Version 5.5.0

Added support for embedded questions in slides

Jul 20
2016
Version 5.4.0

Bug fixes

May 18
2016
Version 5.3.0

Improved reliability, bug fixes

Apr 09
2016
Version 5.2.1

Improved performance and reliability

Mar 16
2016
Version 5.0.2

Improve Gradebook Performance

Mar 14
2016
Version 5.0.1

- Fixed crash in Grade book for iOS 7 users
- Fixed performance issue with Grade book

Mar 11
2016
Version 5.0.0

- BRAND NEW user experience with major improvements to layout and design
- Added support for landscape mode for students
- Bug fixes and feedback
- Improvements to offline mode

Feb 04
2016
Version 4.13.3

Addressed performance issues with in class discussions

Feb 01
2016
Version 4.13.2

* Fixed a bug that caused some users to get stuck on login screen

Dec 07
2015
Version 4.13.1

* Fixed bug that caused some users to get stuck on login screen

Nov 18
2015
Version 4.13.0

- Minor fixes, particularly for full screen previews, student manager

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