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How do I create a student account in Top Hat through Canvas?

How do I create an instructor account in Top Hat?

Since most faculty will be integrating Top Hat with Canvas, it is essential that students use their ONID email to create their Top Hat account. The easiest way to create a Top Hat student account with your ONID email is to either click on a Top Hat link in an OSU Canvas course menu or to click on the registration link from a Top Hat course invitation sent by an OSU faculty member using Top Hat.

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Yes, you can choose to sync a single 'total course' grade from Top Hat or sync selected Top Hat folders as individual Canvas assignments.

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Yes, it is now possible to edit slides within Top Hat!  Top Hat announced they've partnered with Microsoft to allow for easy slide editing. 

Tip: This new feature is currently in beta. If you don’t see the "Edit in Powerpoint" option in your course, complete this beta sign-up form and Top Hat will give you the chance to try it.

Yes and no. Top Hat Attendance provides a 'geolocation' feature to prevent students from responding to attendance outside of a physical area. Top Hat questions do not have the geolocation feature so technically you cannot prevent students from responding to questions remotely. However, you can make it very difficult for students to respond correctly from a remote location.

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The Top Hat Presentation Tool allows faculty to ask impromptu questions.

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Yes, while it isn't possible to avoid all connectivity issues, Top Hat has several features that faculty can enable or request to be enabled to help minimize student connectivity issues.

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Instructors can see how changes you make to your course affect the student view by creating a Test Student account.  Read instructions in this article on the Top Hat website for creating a Test Student account or watch this recorded webinar to walk through the steps

NOTE: you can avoid the student paywall--just send an email to from your ONID email address and request an 'access key' to use for setting up a Test Student account.

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Multiple students cannot use one clicker during the same time period. Attempting to share a clicker during the same time period will likely results in significant missed or misallocated points for one or both students. It is possible for a clicker to be re-registered to a new owner. However, turning licenses cannot be transferred between students, and are required for student points to appear in instructor reports.

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If you are using MAC OS with two screens and can't see the TurningPoint showbar when a polling slide is displayed, you may need to change one or more of your PowerPoint or Mac display settings to resolve the issue.

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How to stop PowerPoint from automatically starting a slide show in Presenter View:

  • On top menu bar, click on the [Slide Show] ribbon.
  • In the Monitors group, uncheck [Use Presenter View].
  • Then close PowerPoint and open again for the settings to take/refresh.

This way the Turning Point show bar will display on your screen and mirror to what students see on the projector, instead of manually dragging the menu onto the project screen.