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Top Hat course content - Staff Guide

You can build and upload content into your Top Hat course via the Create button shown above the course content tree.

Below is a brief description of each type of content you can build or upload into your Top Hat course, as well as links to articles where you can learn more about each content type.

Top Hat offers a variety of question types to embed within lectures, assignments and tests including Multiple Choice, Word Answer, Numeric Answer, Fill-in-the-Blank, Matching, Sorting, Click on Target, Long Answer and File Submission. You can also select from third party question types including Video Assignment, Chemistry Response, Math Response and Graph Response. To learn more about each Top Hat question type, refer to the following support article:

Discussions can be used to facilitate dialogue and solicit open-ended feedback. Like questions, discussions can be embedded within lectures, readings and assignments. To learn more about discussions in Top Hat, refer to the following support article:

You can upload files to your for students to download. PDFs uploaded into a Top Hat course using the Upload File function can also be previewed directly in the Top Hat course. To learn more about uploading files to a Top Hat course, refer to the following support article:

Folders can be used to organize the items in your content tree. In addition to keeping your content tree organized, the columns in your Gradebook will reflect the contents and order of the folders in your content tree. To learn more about how to use folders to organize your Top Hat course content, refer to the following support article:

Not currently used at the University of Leeds

You can upload a slideshow into you Top Hat course and embed questions throughout it by dragging and dropping them in-between your slides in the content tree. You can then present your slides to students through Top Hat for synchronous lecture delivery. To learn more about uploading and presenting slides in Top Hat, refer to the following support articles:

Whiteboards are blank slides that are meant to be inserted between the slides in your slideshow. You can then annotate on the whiteboard slides when presenting to students.

Pages is a document interface that you can use to build a wide array of assignments and other course content. With Pages, you can embed questions, images, videos and other multimedia alongside text to create engaging and interactive course materials. Pages can then be assigned to students to complete before, during or after live class time. Instructors that author with Top Hat also use Pages to write their textbooks. To learn more about Pages, refer to the following support article:

You can use Tests to build out quizzes and exams with your Top Hat questions. Tests can then be administered in non-monitored, live monitored or remotely monitored formats with flexible scheduling options. To learn more about the different kinds of Top Hat Tests, refer to the following support articles:

Further Help and Support

You can access help and support from within Top Hat once you are logged in:

  • Live chat by clicking on the speech bubble icon next to your name, this is available between 2pm to 8pm GMT on weekdays.
  • Raise a support ticket┬áby clicking on the question mark icon.

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Support is also available via the Leeds IT website. Please remember to log in as this will give you additional support options.