Top Hat - Overview (UW-Madison)

UW-Madison has procured an enterprise license for Top Hat, which takes effect for the Fall 2022 semester. The new license will allow all UW-Madison instructors and students to use the tool without paying for subscriptions.

This document provides a description of Top Hat, along with some basic support resources.

Select this link to list all Top Hat documents from the Learn@UW-Madison Knowledgebase at the bottom of this page.

About Top Hat

Top Hat is an active learning platform that provides instructors with several options for engaging students: asking questions, presenting polls, creating and assigning textbooks, giving quizzes, providing in class discussion etc. Top Hat is a bring-your-own-device solution, which means that students can use any web-enabled device (laptop, tablets, smartphones) to participate.

Links for Students

Guidance from your instructor will be provided about how Top Hat will be used within your course. Please keep in mind that instructors can choose to use Top Hat differently; some may choose to send you an email invitation to their course and others may simply provide you with an access code in class.

For instructions on signing up, see Top Hat - Account Setup (Students).

Top Hat provides extensive, very helpful support documentation about their product. Please see their support website for documentation, including tutorials, that will show you how to log on and get started with Top Hat.

Getting Support

If you have questions or are having technical difficulty with Top Hat, please contact them at their Success Center or by phone at (888) 663-5491.

Support options for instructors

For ideas about how to use Top Hat in your course, please contact DoIT Academic Technology's learning technology consultants at


Top Hat is committed to providing an accessible experience and has taken a number of important steps in that direction.

For assistance with student accessibility accommodations, please contact the McBurney Disability Resources Center by calling (608)263-2741, or emailing

Complying with UW-Madison Policies When Using Top Hat

UW-Madison's Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy applies to Top Hat. 
Students using Top Hat for UW-Madison courses must abide by the Dean of Students Office's Guidelines for Academic Integrity

Getting Started

If you are new to Top Hat, see Top Hat - Getting Started.

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