Top Hat Intro Courses

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Top Hat Intro Courses are all-in-one digital course solutions with customizable content and assessments for any teaching.

Top Hat Intro Courses are all-in-one digital course solutions with all the content and assessment tools educators need to deliver their perfect course, while remaining fully customizable to fit any teaching scenario and classroom. Instructors can provide engaging learning experiences with interactive readings, assignments, slides, instructor resources and integrated assessments all on one platform, and easily gauge student comprehension before, during and after class. Educators can easily incorporate their own course materials, including text, slides, videos and quizzes. Additionally, Top Hat’s integrated gradebook and weekly reports on student progress equip instructors with actionable insights to pinpoint difficult topics and identify struggling students so instructors can intervene early.

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$61 - $99
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Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

10/01/2020
Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Top Hat received strong ratings across most criteria. Course materials are highly customizable and can therefore fit many different contexts and instructor needs. Furthermore, data is readily available to support evidence-based teaching. The product focuses on learner-centered teaching and instructor needs.


Top Hat provides courseware with strong scores in functionality and systems capabilities. Course materials are highly customizable and can therefore fit many different contexts and instructor needs. Furthermore, data is readily available to support evidence-based teaching.

As Top Hat grows, additional focus in research of efficacy and equity could support further adoption.

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1
Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Top Hat received strong ratings across most criteria. Course materials are highly customizable and can therefore fit many different contexts and instructor needs. Furthermore, data is readily available to support evidence-based teaching. The product focuses on learner-centered teaching and instructor needs.


Top Hat provides courseware with strong scores in functionality and systems capabilities. Course materials are highly customizable and can therefore fit many different contexts and instructor needs. Furthermore, data is readily available to support evidence-based teaching.

As Top Hat grows, additional focus in research of efficacy and equity could support further adoption.

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Equity

3 / 5
Total Equity Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that promote equitable outcomes for African American/Black, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian, and Alaskan Native students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.

Top Hat received mixed ratings for the criteria in the equity category. Stronger ratings were given for equity-minded support and equity-minded learning activities. This is particularly due to the highly customizable course structure/materials and Top Hat's learner-centered approach.

Top Hat received lower ratings in the criteria of equity-minded outcomes, language, and student representation. As Top Hat becomes more popular in diverse contexts, additional research pertaining to equity can lead to insights which might improve language and student representation.

Equity

3 / 5
Total Equity Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that promote equitable outcomes for African American/Black, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian, and Alaskan Native students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.

Top Hat received mixed ratings for the criteria in the equity category. Stronger ratings were given for equity-minded support and equity-minded learning activities. This is particularly due to the highly customizable course structure/materials and Top Hat's learner-centered approach.

Top Hat received lower ratings in the criteria of equity-minded outcomes, language, and student representation. As Top Hat becomes more popular in diverse contexts, additional research pertaining to equity can lead to insights which might improve language and student representation.

3 / 5
Total Equity Rating

Design
Language
Learning Activities
Outcomes
Student representation
Student supports

Efficacy

3.5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating
Existence and quality of research that supports a product's effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

Top Hat received mixed ratings across the criteria addressing efficacy research. In particular, the availability of research in this area demonstrates Top Hat's commitment. For example, numerous research studies are provided addressing different functionalities/products.

Top Hat received lower ratings in the criteria for rigorous methodology and research design support. It was challenging to identify particular findings focused on our criteria.

Efficacy

3.5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating
Existence and quality of research that supports a product's effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

Top Hat received mixed ratings across the criteria addressing efficacy research. In particular, the availability of research in this area demonstrates Top Hat's commitment. For example, numerous research studies are provided addressing different functionalities/products.

Top Hat received lower ratings in the criteria for rigorous methodology and research design support. It was challenging to identify particular findings focused on our criteria.

3.5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating

Case Studies
Evidence Across Institution Types
Research design support
Rigorous Methodologies
Third-Party Efficacy Research

Functionality

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that relate to instructional design and user experience.

Top Hat received high ratings across all criteria in the functionality category. This speaks to the product's focus on learner-centered teaching and instructor needs. It is highly customizable and supports collaboration.

Adaptivity of content based on individual learner's behavior, performance, or choices should be considered. This would allow for further personalization of the materials.

Functionality

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that relate to instructional design and user experience.

Top Hat received high ratings across all criteria in the functionality category. This speaks to the product's focus on learner-centered teaching and instructor needs. It is highly customizable and supports collaboration.

Adaptivity of content based on individual learner's behavior, performance, or choices should be considered. This would allow for further personalization of the materials.

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating

Adaptivity
Collaboration
Customization
Enables evidence-base teaching practices
Learner Guidance
Measurement and Structure
Usability

Systems Capabilities

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating
Technical components that indicate systems compatibility, ease of implementation, and data management capabilities.

Top Hat received high ratings across all criteria in the systems capabilities category. In particular, data access and content management received high marks. Learner performance is available in detail (question level) and can be easily accessed. Furthermore, the materials are highly customizable.

Our evaluation focused on the product only. Considering that diverse contexts might have different needs (e.g., scale, personalization, implementation across multiple sections), there might be system needs which are not addressed as part of this evaluation. Examples include versioning or course copies.

Systems Capabilities

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating
Technical components that indicate systems compatibility, ease of implementation, and data management capabilities.

Top Hat received high ratings across all criteria in the systems capabilities category. In particular, data access and content management received high marks. Learner performance is available in detail (question level) and can be easily accessed. Furthermore, the materials are highly customizable.

Our evaluation focused on the product only. Considering that diverse contexts might have different needs (e.g., scale, personalization, implementation across multiple sections), there might be system needs which are not addressed as part of this evaluation. Examples include versioning or course copies.

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating

Content Management
Course Administration
Data Access

CourseGateway Reviews

Product reviews are performed by our Product Advisory Board, an independent panel of educators and practitioners.

CourseGateway Reviews

Product reviews are performed by our Product Advisory Board, an independent panel of educators and practitioners.

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Phone for Faculty
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Text/Chat for Faculty
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Formative Assessments
Hints and Feedback
Instructor Activities
Instructor Content
Instructor Outcomes
Interactive
Native Learning Activities
Native Learning Content
Native Learning Outcomes
Progress Tracking (Instructor)
Progress Tracking (Student)
Student-to-Faculty Communication
Student-to-Student Communication
Summative Assessments
Third-Party Activities
Third-Party Content
Third-Party Outcomes

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.