Audience Engagement for Faculty

Top Hat is an interactive, cloud-based teaching platform that leverages students' mobile devices to increase in-class engagement and get real-time feedback. Visit the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to see best practices for using Top Hat at Iowa State.

Top Hat License

All Iowa State instructors can use the Top Hat platform for free. If you decide to use Top Hat, inform the Iowa State University Book Store, per Section of the Faculty Handbook, so the Top Hat license can be added to your required course materials list. 

Student licenses are available through the Iowa State Book Store or through the Top Hat website. By ordering through the Iowa State Book Store, students can use their Student Financial Aid to purchase the license. Learn more about students’ cost for using Top Hat on the Audience Engagement for Students page.

Getting Started with Top Hat

Creating your account

You can create your account at any time. After you create your account you can set up courses and invite students to join. To create an account and setup your courses, visit the professor section of Iowa State University – Single Sign-On Account Setup

Accessing your Account

To create content and administer questions, you must use a laptop or computer equipped with a web browser. You can also administer questions using the Top Hat app on a mobile device. For more information, visit Top Hat’s support pages for iOS and Android.

Using Top Hat

To start using Top Hat Classroom:

1.    Create Your Account and Course(s)
2.    Include Information about Top Hat in Your Syllabus

Additional resources for using Top Hat:


Contact Top Hat Support or the IT Solution Center.