Student Response System

Top Hat is a teaching response platform that helps instructors engage their students inside and outside the classroom. It is a software based “Clicker” and digital distribution platform which students access via their existing personal devices (phones, tablets, laptops).  Through an approved vendor agreement with Top Hat, UM-Dearborn students receive a preferred pricing when purchasing Top Hat licenses starting in February 2019.  Top Hat may be used within UM-Dearborn Canvas (preferred) or as a separate platform outside of Canvas.


  • Turn students’ internet-connected devices into teaching tools—with Top Hat, there’s no need for additional hardware
  • Take attendance effortlessly and accurately with location-based attendance technology (only students who are actually in class get counted).
  • Engage your class in a more meaningful way—create polls, questions and discussions that encourage participation and conversation, and give you real-time feedback
  • Create interactive homework that provides hints and feedback to help students master their course material.

The following three subscription options are available to UM-Dearborn students, and include all courses for which the student is registered during the subscription period:

One Semester One Year Four Year
$20 $30 $55


Top Hat works on the following platforms:


To create and set up a Top Hat account and course, follow the instructions in the Faculty Top Hat Quick Start guide and the Advanced Canvas Integration Guide.

Top Hat also offers free services to instructors to facilitate their use of Top Hat, including:

  • One-on-one orientation to Top Hat with a trained Top Hat specialist
  • Two meetings with an instructional designer from Top Hat
  • Online guides and best practices.

To take advantage of these services or for any other Top Hat support needs, contact Justin Barreto (


To join your instructor's Top Hat course, follow the instructions in the Student Top Hat Quick Start guide.