Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Top Hat

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Top Hat is an interactive web-based response platform at Loyola. Instructors can leverage students’ devices to take attendance, launch discussions and questions, and solicit real-time feedback. Students can use devices they already own, like smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

Top Hat offers several ways for instructors to facilitate engagement with different question types, discussion boards, and gamified elements like polling tournaments. In addition to the instructional benefits, Top Hat provides instructors with learning analytics like daily attendance, student participation, and student performance reports.


Getting Started

To begin using Top Hat, faculty and students are required to create an account. Top Hat is available to Faculty at no cost. Students can purchase a subscription to use Top Hat either online or through your mobile device app store. The available options are a single semester ($22), a one year ($35), or a four year ($50) subscription. Each subscription option provides students with unlimited access to the Top Hat’s database of courses.

Use following Self-Help resources to get started with Top Hat in Sakai:

Top Hat Directions (Faculty)

Top Hat Directions (Students)


Information Sessions

Instructional Technology & Research Support (ITRS) will be hosting a series of live training sessions for faculty. The schedule is listed below and registration is required. Please note each session has a unique registration link.

Interactive Learning with Top Hat

Tuesday, February 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm CST
Watch Recording


Help & Support

Documentation and other resources for students and faculty are available through the Top Hat Success Center. For questions or assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at ITSServiceDesk@luc.edu or 775-508-4487. For self-service, please access the ITRS Self-Service Portal.

Last Modified:   Fri, March 5, 2021 10:05 AM CST