Information Services

Introduction to Top Hat

Top Hat is the centrally supported electronic voting system (EVS) at the University of Edinburgh


Top Hat allows lecturers to add question and answer activities to lecture sessions to support interactivity and engagement with groups of students - both large and small.

The system has seven question types, that are suitable for in-class voting, as well as out of class activities, discussion channels and file sharing.

What will I need to take part?

Options for joining a Top Hat session.

How do students connect to a session?

Students should use the University's Wi-Fi service where possible to connect to a Top Hat session.

What will it cost to vote in a session?

If set up correctly, with a web-enabled device, the service will incur no cost to students.

Is there any financial help available?

Students will have to bring a suitable device to take part but there may be help available in purchasing a device if required.

Will there be any help or support?

Sources of help for any issues arising from the use of Top Hat.

What can you achieve with in class voting?

There is a wide range of possible uses of polling your students that you might want to consider.