To Do How To
Submit your requisition to the Beaver Store

Enter a requisition with the Beaver Store and include the following information: SKU = 20036737, Author = TOP HAT, Title = Classroom.

Make sure Top Hat is listed in your syllabus We have created a statement about Top Hat that you are invited to use (or adapt) in your syllabus.
Enable the Top Hat tool menu link in Canvas

This is the best way for students to connect directly to the corresponding Top Hat course.  To enable the Top Hat link in your Canvas course menu, follow these steps:

  1. Click Settings at the bottom of your Canvas course menu.
  2. Click the Navigation tab near the top of the Settings page.
  3. Enable the Top Hat menu (near the bottom of the list).
  4. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Make previous term's Top Hat course unavailable

To ensure students will not mistakenly add an older course by means of searching for it, make your previous term's Top Hat course unavailable.  To edit the course settings, enter the previous course, click on your name in the upper right header, and select "Course Settings."  Under "General Settings" scroll to the bottom, and under Course Availability, select Unavailable (students cannot join), and Save Changes.

Set up your Canvas sync

Under the 'LMS Setup & Sync' tab in Course Settings, you can customize the specific options after you have synced with your Canvas course. Click on the blue 'Edit' link associated with each option in the sync configurations box. It is important to change the grades to display as points, as the default percentage option will convert the grades into an overall percentage score out of 100% when reported from Top Hat.

Add your TA

Before you will be able to add a TA, they will need to have created a Top Hat professor account. To add them click on your name in the upper right-hand corner, and select "Add Professor." In the field provided, type the email address associated with the TA's account, then click "Add Professor" and "Save & Close." See this Top Hat guide for more support.
Enable settings to prevent students from responding to questions outside of class Go to your Top Hat course settings > Advanced Options > check the option 'Students cannot view the details of a presented question, they can only see the response options (students will need to see the question projected on a screen)'. See this FAQ for more information.
Share these instructions with your students on how they should register their Top Hat account

We highly recommend sending your students an invitation from the Top Hat course. This generates a customized email that simplifies the registration process for students.

Here is a file you can include in your Canvas site: (PDF)

And the same version to incorporate into your lecture slides: (PowerPoint)

Share the support options with your students

Summer 2019 registration support is available via email at

Top Hat provides support for students and instructors from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (EST). 

So we can ensure you have a successful experience, please contact the Learning Platform Services Team, if you plan to:

  • Use the Top Hat Presentation Tool to toggle between your lecture content in PowerPoint and your polling questions in Top Hat;
  • Teach a course that has multiple sections;
  • Use the Attendance functionality of Top Hat, and include it in your grading scheme;
  • Utilize a tablet while teaching;
  • Include high-resolution images in your polling slides.