Professor: How do Anonymous Questions work? (Old Top Hat)

Sharing and responding to others without direct acknowledgement or identification is one of the most powerful aspects of engaging in a digital environment.

Top Hat harnesses anonymity and puts it to use in the classroom to create new pedagogical opportunities.

Anonymous Questions

  • Any type of Top Hat question may be made anonymous.
  • Anonymous Questions cannot be graded because students' identities are hidden.
  • Anonymous Questions are ideal for polling.
  • Anonymous Questions may be used to collect sensitive, polarizing or personal feedback from a class with privacy, accuracy and honesty.
  • Results of Anonymous Questions may be kept private.

How to Create an Anonymous Question

  1. Create a new Question.
  2. Select the 'Anonymous Question' box.

NOTE: Selecting the 'Anonymous Question' box greys-out and disables all Correctness boxes.  Additionally, please note, designating a question as Anonymous cannot be changed later.

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