Professor: How can I integrate my slide presentation with Top Hat? (Old Top Hat)

Uploading Slides into Top Hat vs. The Presentation Tool

Both uploading still/static PowerPoint and PDF slides into Top Hat and the Presentation Tool are great options for integrating Top Hat with your visual presentations, but they function quite differently.

Uploading Slides into Top Hat
The Top Hat Files Module allows you to upload your still/static PowerPoint presentations or PDF documents into Top Hat and share them with your students. In the Files Module your slides are uploaded directly into Top Hat. This will allow you to run everything from the Top Hat web platform by simply logging in at Additionally, this option allows you to run your entire lecture from your professor's iPad or Android application, annotate your slides, share your slides with your students, and students can even follow along on their own devices.

For further information on the Files Module, please see here: Prof 103: Loading, Presenting, and Sharing Your Files

This is a great option if you have still/static PowerPoint slides, but it will not support live links, animations, slide builds, or embedded videos that may be a part of your slides. If you are very dependent on these animations, links and videos - then you’re most likely going to want to continue reading into the Presentation Tool section.

Presentation Tool
The Top Hat Presentation Tool is a desktop application that has been designed to “float” inconspicuously over your favourite presentation software. Whether it’s PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or any other application, the Presentation Tool will prevent you from switching back-and-forth between windows. It works alongside your slides, allowing you access to both your slides and the Top Hat modules you may need during your lecture (ex. Questions, Discussions, Attendance).

With the Presentation Tool, you can run your own presentation with any videos and animations you had previously built in there.

For further information on the Presentation Tool, please see here: Prof 203: Using the Presentation Tool in Your Lectures

*Note* The professor iPad and Android tablet applications are not compatible with the Presentation Tool. If you are interested in using your tablet as a remote control for Top Hat, which would allow you the flexibility of mobility in class, uploading your slides into your Top Hat course is your best option.

If you are using a classroom computer in which you do not have administrative privileges to install new software, you can also run the Presentation Tool from a USB key connected to the computer.

So, which one should I use?

Uploading Slides into Top Hat is best for you if...

  • you use Powerpoint slides or PDF files to present your lecture.
  • you do not incorporate videos or animations in your slides.
  • you would like to share your files with your students after class.
  • you would like to use the iPad or Android tablet app so you can be mobile in your classroom.

The Presentation Tool is best for you if…

  • you use another type of slideshow program such as Prezi or Keynote for your slides.
  • you want to use Top Hat alongside slideshows that have videos and animations built into them.
  • you want to run another program, such as a DVD player and use Top Hat alongside that.
  • you need to view your presenter notes.


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