Professor: Creating Your Account and Courses

Ready to get underway with Top Hat?

We know you are eager to start building engaging Questions in Top Hat, but first you have to create a Top Hat professor’s account and construct your Top Hat courses.

Check out the following video tutorial to learn more, and then complete the accompanying tutorial exercises. All told, we estimate this Top Hat Orientation course will take you just 6 minutes!


Top Hat Account and Course Creation 

Getting Started

The first step to using Top Hat in the classroom is to create an account, followed by a course. The entire process from start to finish should take no more than 2-3 minutes.
Go to and click the Sign-up button or go to to begin creating your account.

Select your school:

Enter your registration details to complete your account.


Creating Your First Course

Your initial course will be created during the registration process. After entering your university and account details, you will be prompted to create your first course:

When you complete the registration process, Top Hat will enter you into your newly created course! You can rename your course, or adjust the settings using the Settings button in your course interface

If you’re teaching multiple sections of the same course, we highly recommend that you create one Top Hat course for each section. This will make it easy to manage each group of students individually. If you’re teaching the same course but in a different semester, we also recommend creating a new copy of the course to keep the old section’s information intact. You can easily make courses available or unavailable to students to accomplish that goal.

Adding a New Course

Clicking on the Top Hat (top left-hand corner) in your course interface will take you to the Lobby where you can view your list of Top Hat courses. To create an additional course, click the blue Create a Course button in the top right corner of the page and a course creation dialogue box will appear. To quickly get started, enter the name of the course. This name should be something easily identifiable by both you and your students. You can also click the Advanced Settings link if you’d like to add the school-issued course code, a description or assign a registration password. Click OK to create the new course and proceed. 


Managing Your Account Settings

To update your account settings (such as your email address, phone number or password), click your name in the top right corner of the Top Hat course interface. Once you’ve done this, select My Account from the drop down menu to edit your account information. Click Save to apply any changes or to exit the page.  


Getting Help

If you need any additional support, please feel free to reach out to us. The easiest way to get in touch with us is to click Support at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen (when logged into your Top Hat Account) or click the 'Submit a Request' button in the top right-hand corner of this screen. You can also drop us a line; 1-888-663-5491 ext 1 or shoot us an email at We are happy to help resolve any issues!