Top Hat

Last Updated April 2020

In December of 2018, the University of Toronto entered into an agreement with TopHat solely for the integration of TopHat’s classroom response system into Quercus. Unfortunately, as of this update, we have not been able to complete that process due to technical and logistical issues.

At this time, instructors who wish to use TopHat’s classroom response system will have to do so via the company’s website directly. If an instructor elects to use TopHat, students will need to buy an “access code” from their campus Bookstore.

To ensure that access codes will be available for the students, instructors should contact the Bookstore well in advance. Here is a link to the bookstore website page showing contacts for the adoptions:

Adoption Information for Faculty (includes contact information for all three campuses)

Instructors should also let their local divisional Educational Technology Support team know of their intentions to use TopHat’s classroom response system because the solution may not work in some physical locations of the University. Instructors may also be interested in best-practice information for teaching with classroom response systems.

Technical assistance for use TopHat’s classroom response system should be directed to

Finally, we are aware that TopHat sells and promotes other services, such as exam proctoring and eTextbook authoring. These additional services are not supported at the University of Toronto, and are not covered by the agreement. Only TopHat’s classroom response system is supported by the University of Toronto under its agreement with Tophat.

As it pertains to eText publishing, instructors should contact their Liaison Librarian prior to engaging with any company offering to publish custom texts and course packs, as doing so might result in students being charged for access to materials already licensed by the Library. Here is a link to the Library to find out more about how they can support teaching: