Top Hat - Help for Staff

Visit the Top Hat homepage on the Digital Education Systems Help website for guides to help you use Top Hat. You will also be able to search for answers if you're not sure which guide you might need.

Links to some of the how-to guides available on the website are also provided below:


Accessibility Statement for Top Hat
Account, Create a Top Hat staff account
Assessment environments available in Top Hat
Asynchronous content, Creating self-paced Top Hat content


Concierge Service, Getting help setting up Top Hat tests
Course content in Top Hat
Course, Create a Top Hat course


Grades (see Marks)
Guest access to a Top Hat course
Guest participation in Top Hat


Introduction to Top Hat
Invite Students to join your Top Hat course


Log in, How to log in to Top Hat


Marks, Marking long answer questions in Top Hat
Marks, Top Hat Gradebook
Marks, Sync marks from Top Hat to the Minerva Gradebook


OTLA, Setting up online time limited assessments in Top Hat


Presentation Tool in Top Hat


Question types available in Top Hat


Removing Students from a Top Hat course
Roll Over, Do I need to recreate my Top Hat course if I used it last year?


Staff, Add or remove staff from your Top Hat course
Student Preview, See what your Top Hat course looks like to students
Sync Top Hat with your Minerva module
Synchronous content, Present synchronous Top Hat content to an in-room audience (on-campus)


Weekly Course Report, what it shows you

Need more help?

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 by clicking on the question mark icon.

You can also request support through this website ( Make sure you are logged in when viewing this page, you should see additional support options, such as the ability to open an IT ticket and, where relevant, submit related requests for specific help.

What is Top Hat?

Top Hat is the University’s institutional mobile voting solution. The tool has two distinct uses: active learning and assessment delivery. It is accessed through a web browser or iOS/Android app and is compatible with screen readers.

Staff can use it to assign teaching and learning activities for their students to access either live and/or asynchronously. Staff can set different types of questions (e.g. multiple choice, fill in the blanks) and discussion topics within Top Hat and assign these for their students to complete. Students respond via a web browser or app on their own device.

Top Hat can also be used to deliver summative and formative assessments. Students need to create a University of Leeds Top Hat account before they can take part in activities that use Top Hat.

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