Classroom Assessment Techniques with Top Hat and Zoom
Description: Interject Top Hat questions during your Zoom sessions to engage students and see if they are with you and ready to go on, or if you should intervene and stay on a subject a bit longer. Top Hat questions can be multiple choice, fill in the blank, numeric answer, sorting, or click on target; students answer these questions on a mobile device or computer. Questions can be auto-graded for any proportion of correctness and participation, and those scores can be pushed to Canvas to be included in the gradebook. As well, PowerPoint slides can be uploaded to Top Hat, so questions can be interspersed with the slides. Especially challenging questions or questions that many students get wrong can be assigned as homework for extra practice.
- Secondary device such as a tablet or laptop (optional)
- Top Hat
Note: Although Top Hat can be presented and shared on Zoom all from one computer, sharing it instead from another device, such as an iPad, makes managing your Zoom room easier (e.g., it allows you to better monitor chat and, if combined with the drawing activity below, makes switching between Top Hat and other apps easier).
- (prep) Inform your students that you will be using Top Hat during your Zoom sessions. See Top Hat preparation checklist for sample messaging to students.
- (prep) Log in to Top Hat and create a series of questions to use during class.
- (tablet) Log in to Top Hat on a browser, such as Chrome
Note: the instructor portal for Top Hat only works in browsers.
- Enter the same Zoom room from your computer and iPad.
- (tablet) Tap Share Content (iPad) or Share (Android), then Screen.
- (tablet) Navigate back to Top Hat and tap Present.