This document explains several ways to sync your Grades and Rosters between Top Hat and Canvas.
In Canvas, navigate to Courses and select a course.
Click on the Top Hat link in the Canvas Navigation Bar. (Top Hat is automatically enabled in the Canvas Navigation Bar for all UW-Madison Courses)
Top Hat will open in a new tab automatically (unless pop-up blocker is on)
Select the Top Hat course from the drop-down menu.
When prompted, allow Top Hat to access Canvas.
Click through following messages
You should see a success message in Top Hat.
If you are connecting a multi-section course (a course that has more than one enrollment section), you will be presented with a dialog where you can map each Canvas section to a Top Hat section. In Top Hat, multi-section courses are called MSM courses.
Select a Top Hat Course for each section.
Each enrollment section’s roster will go to its respective Top Hat course. However, the content within the sections will be identical.
There are 3 setups for multi-section courses (as shown below). Top Hat only supports these three setups.
Canvas Multi-Section Course to Top Hat Multi-Section Course (Recommended)
Canvas Multi-Section course to Top Hat Individual Course
Single Canvas course to Top Hat Multi-Section Course
The process for setting up an this kind of integration is the same as with single-section courses:
Open the course menu and select the LTI launch link (on the left side)
Select the multi-section Top Hat course from the drop-down
Follow the prompts to complete the mapping process
Rosters sync automatically when a student clicks on any Top Hat link in your Canvas Course. Until students click on a link to Top Hat in Canvas, they will not be automatically enrolled in your Top Hat course.
Note: If you have linked your Top Hat and Canvas courses, students must join your Top Hat course by clicking on a Top Hat link in your Canvas Course. If they join through a Join Code, they will be unenrolled every night at 11:59PM when Top Hat performs an automatic sync with the Canvas Roster. Students who do not join using a link in Canvas will be unenrolled at that point. (If you are not using the integration, feel free to have students join using a Join Code)
You can deep link to any content type in Top Hat. The student can reach that content that has been assigned. If the content is not assigned, the student will reach an error page.
Grades are synced with Canvas automatically for all content types, when the grades are released to students in Top Hat.
You can Deep Link Top Hat content to Canvas through Canvas Modules or through a Canvas Assignment.
1. Select Modules from the Canvas Navigation Bar, and click the blue +Modules button at the top right of the screen. Next, name your module.
2. Select Add Item to add it to the module. From the pop-up that appears, you can name your Module. From the dropdown menu, select External Tool to add the Top Hat LTI 1.3 tool.
3. Once you select the tool, the Top Hat Content Tree will appear. Choose which content you wish to Deep Link to from your Top Hat course. You can also choose to sync the grades of the content, by selecting the checkbox at the top right.
4. After selecting the content to deep link, a confirmation page will display to confirm the setup is correct.
Verify that the selected content has also been assigned as Homework, with due dates applied, in your Top Hat course.
Students cannot access unassigned Top Hat content from Top Hat or Canvas.
5. After you confirm the content in Top Hat, publish the content on Canvas so your students can access it.
Find Assignments Tab in the Canvas Navigation Bar, and select + Assignment
Under Submission Type select External Tool
Next, select Find
You can type Top Hat into the search bar or scroll down until you find Top Hat and select it.
When you create a graded Deep Link, it will automatically create a gradebook column in Canvas. Whenever those grades are released to students in Top Hat, they will automatically sync back to the Canvas gradebook.
It is very important to remember that if content has to be assigned in both Top Hat and Canvas, otherwise you will receive Error 404 when clicking on the Deep Link.