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Top Hat is a web-based student response system and comprehensive teaching platform that instructors can use to engage students with interactive slides, graded questions, polls, assignments and more. Students can use smartphones, tablets, laptops, and ordinary cell phones to participate. Blackboard integration is available for gradebook synchronization.


Instructor accounts are free of charge and allow an unlimited number of courses.

If you are new to Top Hat, make an appointment with our dedicated Top Hat training specialist Lisa Hecht, for a one-on-one orientation. Request your meeting here:

To create your Top Hat account and courses, follow the Instructor Quick Start Guide. The quick start guide also includes instructions on most frequently used features. Top Hat offers easy student roster and gradebook synchronization with Blackboard. Check the Blackboard Integration instructions for details.


For instructions on setting up your account and how to use Top Hat, see the Student Quick Start Guide.

To participate in Top Hat activities, you need a Top Hat subscription and a mobile device, which can be a web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. If you only have a basic cell phone, or unable to connect to Wi-Fi, you can still submit most types of answers via text message. For details, see Student SMS/Text Message Submissions.

The following pricing options are available to Valparaiso University students::

  • One semester: $18
  • One year: $28
  • Four Years: $58

Purchase online: You will be directed to the purchase portal after registration for your Top Hat account.

Bookstore: You can also purchase a subscription card from the Valpo Bookstores and redeem it online with your Top Hat account. Contact the bookstore directly for availability. NOTE 7/31/2018: The Bookstore staff are still in process of getting these subscriptions ready for purchase. Please be patient as it may take a couple days.

Getting Help:


For orientation, training, or on-campus support, contact Kevin Steele, director of academic technology for information technology, by email ( or phone (219.464.6930).

For technical support, contact Top Hat Support.


Contact your instructor first for questions regarding participation and grading.

For technical support, contact Top Hat Support.