What Can I Use It For?

Students listening to a lecture

TopHat is a Student Response System that can be used to add engagement to a course.

Special Notes

Update January 2024

As a result of the open tendering process, support for the TopHat Monacle system will be deprecated over the coming semester, and it will be removed from the Academic Toolbox by May 1, 2024. Instructors should connect with their divisional EdTech support team about possible alternatives.

This Academic Toolbox tool helps you...
Connect & communicate
Typical course activity format:
Synchronous or asynchronous
Quercus integration
Non-integrated tool

Where can I get more support?

Similar/related tools

Centrally funded

How to Get Started

TopHat is a Student Response System that can add engagement to a class.


  • Consult your Divisional Educational Technology Team

    (Updated: September 2022)

    The Top Hat Classroom Response tool is a Quercus-integrated and supported application, currently available to U of T instructors for use in their teaching.

    The main benefit of the direct integration is the automatic set-up and synchronization of course enrolment information. There is a fee to use this solution, paid for directly by students.

    While this tool may be useful for some instructors, we are aware that the company also promotes and provides access to other tools via its interface, including tools for conducting assessments, proctoring, creating course reading packs, video-conferencing and other interactive modules. Only use as a Classroom Response tool has been vetted and supported by the University. Other tools and uses have not. Instructors who choose to use those tools (other than Classroom Response) should be aware that such use may result in additional fees being charged to student, and is subject to Provostial guidelines on using external tools.

    In particular, we are aware that some instructors have been using TopHat to publish course materials. Course materials should be made available directly from Quercus as much as possible. In some cases, students may inadvertently be charged for some materials which have already been licensed by the Library.

    Because of these factors, the TopHat Classroom Response tool is not available as a self-serve tool within Quercus. Instructors who wish to use this tool must first connect with their divisional educational technology team  to discuss usage plans. In some cases, a divisional educational technologist will advise an instructor to connect with the Library for further assistance on providing students with course materials. Divisional educational technologists (DET) will also be assessing the request for feasibility. For example, some classrooms on some campuses may not be able to handle the number of concurrent network connections needed for the TopHat Classroom Response system to work. In some cases, grades sent from the TopHat Classroom Response system to the Quercus Gradebook in large classes is not guaranteed.

    Once an instructor has had that conversation with their divisional educational technologist, the DET will contact the Quercus operations team to enable access to the TopHat Classroom Response tool for a specific course.

  • Instructions for Students re Purchasing TopHat

    Instructions for Students re Purchasing TopHat

    Instructors should also note that students who purchase TopHat access via the U of T Bookstore will receive a discount over buying it directly from the TopHat website. Divisional educational technology staff will be asking prospective instructors if they have made contact with the Bookstore to notify them of the pending use of the TopHat Classroom Response system, to ensure the Bookstore has enough access codes available for students to purchase at the discounted price.

    Instructors can contact the Bookstore directly at

  • Library Support

    For more information on how the Library can help you, please visit the UTL website.


Last Modified:

26 January, 2024

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