In Conversation with Dr. Derek Bruff: 5 Ways to Reimagine Assignments in the Age of AI
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by Harleen Dhami
2w ago
If we put a quarter in a jar every time we heard the term ‘ChatGPT’ used in the last year, we’d be pretty rich. We suspect you would be, too. But as Dr. Derek Bruff—author and host of the Intentional Tech podcast—reminds us, the rise of AI may not be such a detrimental thing in the classroom. In fact, it may offer the nudge we need to rethink assignments for the better.  At our recent webinar, Bruff offered suggestions on how to reframe learning objectives in light of AI. He also left instructors with simple adjustments to make in their own courses that maximize (or minimize, depending on ..read more
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Top Hat Unveils Latest Ace Innovation With AI-Powered Lecture Enhancer
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by Top Hat Staff
3w ago
TORONTO – March 21, 2024 – Top Hat, the leader in student engagement solutions for higher education, has announced new enhancements to Ace, a groundbreaking AI-powered assistant designed to create better teaching and learning experiences for educators and students. Ace’s latest innovation—an AI-powered lecture enhancer—dramatically increases the speed and ease with which educators can incorporate frequent, low stakes assessments to promote active learning in their in-class presentations.  “Our north star at Top Hat is to empower educators to easily adopt evidence-based teaching practices ..read more
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Top Hat Leadership Appointments Fuel Mission of Improving Teaching and Learning
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by Top Hat Staff
3w ago
TORONTO – March 15, 2024 – Top Hat, the leader in student engagement solutions for higher education, announced a series of leadership appointments to accelerate the company’s mission to transform the teaching and learning experience for thousands of faculty and millions of students across North America. Maggie Leen Appointed as Chief Executive Officer Top Hat proudly announces the appointment of Maggie Leen as Chief Executive Officer. Leen has an outstanding track record in higher education, having served as a senior executive at Pearson, Adtalem, and most recently, Chief Marketing Officer at ..read more
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Educators In Conversation: How to Help Students ‘Do’ Sociology
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by Harleen Dhami
1M ago
Building foundational knowledge is essential in introductory sociology courses. But how do you invite students to actually ‘do’ sociology? At our virtual event, Dr. Mellisa Holtzman and Dr. Robert Brym, authors of a Top Hat Interactive eText—Sociology: Think Outside the Book—shared techniques to deepen engagement and build every student’s sociological imagination. Here’s how you can help students develop essential skills and ensure they see the utility of sociological theory in the real world. → Access the webinar recording on-demand Demystify the value of the ‘sociological imagination’ Let’s ..read more
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How Top Hat’s Customizable Content Puts an End to the Print vs. Digital Debate
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by Harleen Dhami
2M ago
Eighty percent of university students don’t read their assigned textbook chapters before class.1 The majority of students grew up with interactive content at their disposal. So it’s no wonder that having the same interactivity in their course materials, and being able to access their resources in one place, is a non-negotiable. There’s no doubt that print textbooks are still widely listed on class syllabi. In recent years, more faculty are questioning how effective print textbooks are in setting students up for academic success. These static textbooks present four core challenges. Inability t ..read more
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In Conversation: 5 Ways to Boost Peer Connection Using Class Threads
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by Harleen Dhami
2M ago
Students have made it clear: they want to engage with course material on their own time, in their own way.1 And just as important, they value informal opportunities to exchange ideas with their classmates. With Top Hat’s new Class Threads feature, we’ve rewritten the rules on peer-to-peer learning. Students can pose questions in the context of their course content, encouraging a cycle of knowledge sharing. As you’ll learn, this discussion process has led to greater engagement among students and better insights on how to course correct for educators. We sat down with Leigh Delaney-Tucker, a S ..read more
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Top Hat Announces Sponsorship for Third-Annual Shannen’s Dream Scholarship
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by Top Hat Staff
2M ago
The scholarships provide financial assistance to help First Nations youth realize their dreams of pursuing a college or university degree. TORONTO – January 29, 2024 – Top Hat, a leader in student engagement solutions for higher education, is partnering with the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society for the third consecutive year to provide funding for the Shannen’s Dream Scholarship. The scholarship was launched in 2022 to assist First Nations youth with the costs of post-secondary education and is named in honor of Shannen Koostachin, a courageous young leader from Attawapiskat Fir ..read more
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Infographic: How You Used Top Hat In 2023
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by Harleen Dhami
4M ago
Congratulations! Another year is almost in the books. At Top Hat, we applaud your commitment to personalized, meaningful teaching. That’s why we’re excited to unveil this year’s Top Hat Graded: a behind-the-scenes look at how you and your students interacted with our platform in 2023. From time spent designing questions to how educators are using our new AI-powered assistant, here’s what we found. → Meet Ace: Our AI-powered assistant that leads to greater time-savings during course prep You committed to active learning more than ever How have you incorporated active learning into your lessons ..read more
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A 6-Step Exercise for Discussing AI In Education
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by Harleen Dhami
5M ago
In fall 2023, 49 percent of students reported using Generative AI during their learning experience.1 That figure is only expected to balloon. So how do you meaningfully incorporate AI into your course? Dr. Jesse Stommel has a solution. The award-winning faculty member and author of Undoing the Grade: Why We Grade, and How to Stop, offers a valuable exercise to help students critically analyze the limitations and opportunities of AI in education. His six-step activity won’t only help students better grasp how AI intersects with algorithmic bias and ethical data use. It’ll also help you host a s ..read more
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Students Are Anxious About AI. Talking Will Help.
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by Top Hat Staff
5M ago
The rise of generative AI has drawn significant attention, and like many instructors, we’ve been considering its potential impact on the future of education. Will AI dismantle learning as we know it or offer a new horizon for teaching, research, and meaningful work? It is both exciting and taxing, but it’s crucial to recognize that we’re not alone in wrestling with uncertainty. We know students are using AI, and we can expect that the majority will continue to do so for future coursework. These revelations have triggered alarm bells over how we assess learning, with a specific focus on minimiz ..read more
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