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Training

Details of upcoming central and site training for Top Hat

Centrally provided training

Introduction to Top Hat

Please note that the introductory course is intended for users new to Top Hat but is open to all staff if they require a refresher.

The Introduction to Top Hat course will cover the basics of:

  • creating and organising content
  • presenting content
  • polling an audience
  • scheduling out of class activities - Homework and Review

Confirmed sessions:

Date Time Venue
16th September 2022 1000 to 1200 Online via Collaborate (book a place)
7th October 2022 1000 to 1200 Online via Collaborate
4th November 2022 1000 to 1200 Online via Collaborate
2nd December 2022 1000 to 1200 Online via Collaborate

Except for the September offering (use link in table above), booking a place on a session is via People & Money:

P&M: Introduction to Top Hat

Once in People & Money, expand the Details section to read about the course and expand the Available Offerings section to enrol onto your preferred date.

NOTE: If you do not have access to P&M, but are a member of staff or a postgraduate tutor and would like to attend one of the courses, please send us a request via IS Helpline (see link at the bottom of the page).

In-Class Polling for Student Interaction and Engagement - NEW

This session will look at some techniques and functionality of in-class polling systems that can help engage your students with your teaching and course material. We will look at different question types, in-built functionality, and common techniques for encouraging peer and class discussion. 

For any practical demonstrations, we will use the centrally supported system, Top Hat. However, the functionality and techniques described are common to other polling systems or are not system dependent. 

In this session we will cover:

  • Making the most of question types
  • Advanced functionality
  • Alternative approaches and activities
  • Sourcing questions

Confirmed sessions:

Date Time Venue
19th October 2022 1500 to 1600 Online via Collaborate
14th December 2022 1500 to 1600 Online via Collaborate

Booking for these sessions is via People & Money:

P&M: In-Class Polling for Student Interaction and Engagement

Once in P&M, expand the Details section to read about the course and expand the Available Offerings section to enrol onto your preferred date.

NOTE: If you do not have access to P&M, but are a member of staff or a postgraduate tutor and would like to attend one of the courses, please send us a request via IS Helpline (see link at the bottom of the page).

Location

Please note that centrally provided training sessions are usually held in our training facility in Argyle House on Lady Lawson Street:

Campus map showing location of Argyle House

However since the Covid-19 pandemic, all sessions will be held online in Collaborate.

Self-paced courses

Introduction to Top Hat - NEW

The material from the tutor-led Introduction to Top Hat course has been used to create a self-paced course. The self-paced course is hosted in Top Hat itself to allow you to experience it as a student and interact with some of the features of the system.

While the course covers the same material as the tutor-led course, it is able to go into slightly more detail than is possible in the time allowed for the taught course. As a student on the course you are able to choose your own path through the material.

Using the Gradebook in Top Hat - NEW

For those using Top Hat to grade students, the Gradebook is a rich resource of information. However, the design of the interface hides a lot of that functionality from users. This course takes you through the functionality available and how to access it. The areas covered are:

  • Navigating and editing the Gradebook
  • Generating reports
  • Exporting the Gradebook

The links to both the courses are provided below. Please note that, due to the nature of the roles in Top Hat, you should not access this link when you are logged in with a University account. Instead right click on the link and open the page in a private or incognito browsing window. Once on the course landing page, click on Enter as a Guest to access the course.

Self-paced Introduction to Top Hat course

Self-paced Using the Gradebook in Top Hat

[NOTE: right click on the appropriate link and open in a private or incognito window]

Training workbook

The workbook used in the Introduction to Top Hat tutor-led session is available from the Digital Skills document catalogue.

Introduction to Top Hat (EASE login required)

Local on-site training

Local training in Schools and campuses around the University can also be arranged, where you can gather five or more attendees. These are best held in a computer lab with projection facilities or a room where attendees can bring and use laptops. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these can also be held online.

If you would like to arrange a session, please: