Demonstration of new polling software – Top Hat

Currently the University of Birmingham uses TurningPoint polling. We have been given a year to trial Top Hat to see if it suits University requirements, so this is a good opportunity to see how this package compares with TurningPoint.

Top Hat is an electronic voting system; it does not use clickers, but instead requires students to bring their own device (BYOD). Top Hat is a teaching tool that helps academics to engage with their students both inside and outside the classroom. Top Hat:

  • creates one-to-one connections in a lecture hall of many
  • works on any device with an internet connection
  • motivates students to prepare, attend and participate with the materials
  • actively drives student outcomes through real-time feedback

There will be two sessions to demonstrate examples of Top Hat polling:

  • Wednesday, 14 September 2016 from 12:00 to 13:30 (BST), Aston Webb - Lecture Room G33
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2016 from 12:00 to 13:30 (BST), Watson Building Room G24

Sessions will include:

  • Different question types
  • The discussion forum
  • Attendance monitoring
  • Stats
  • Ending with a survey to gauge thoughts, ideas and moving forward

Refreshments will be provided.

Please email Debbie or Marjorie by the 9th September and indicate your preferred date if you intend to come.

Debbie Carter -

Marjorie Collaco –