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, 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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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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It is not possible to edit slides within Top Hat. You will need to edit your original slides (PowerPoint or PDF) outside of Top Hat, then re-upload your slides to Top Hat. Learn more from Top Hat's Success Center:

Yes, the Top Hat Presentation Tool allows faculty to ask impromptu questions.

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Yes, you can sync Top Hat grades to Canvas. 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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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 on Mac OS and using two screens or external display and cannot see the showbar when polling, try the following steps and test each time to determine which setting actually works for your system.

1. Try the refresh button each time before resetting the session.

2. In PowerPoint

  • Preferences
  • Slideshow
  • Uncheck "Always start Presenter View with 2 displays"

3. In PowerPoint

  • Choose the Slide Show tab on the ribbon.
  • Select Set Up Slide Show.
  • Under Show type, choose Browsed at a kiosk (full screen)
  • Click OK.

4. Go to Mission Control settings to turn OFF "Displays have separate spaces", which removes the Mac menu from the external display. You will need to logout/in for this to take effect.

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.