Professor: Using Quick-Ask Questions in the Presentation Tool (New Top Hat)

On occasion you may have questions pre-created in your slides and not have time to build them into Top Hat, not to worry, we’ve got you covered as the Presentation Tool’s quick-ask feature allows you to create a questions on the fly!

This article concentrates specifically on using quick-ask questions from the Presentation Tool, but should you have more general questions about the Presentation Tool please see here: Professor: Using the Presentation Tool (New Top Hat)

To begin, with the Presentation Tool in its minimized form, click on the blue speech bubble icon on the far left.

This will provide you with the quick-ask question creation window where you can (1) select your question type (multiple choice, word answer, or numeric answer), (2) identify if you’d like to attach a screenshot of what’s currently displayed on your screen to the soon to be created Top Hat quick-ask question, and (3) enable a timer to automatically disable submissions. Simply click on the blue Present button next to the question style you’d like to proceed with.

The question will open on your students’ devices, and students who are reliant on SMS/text message to submit will have access to the 4-digit SMS code displayed on your screen with the question.

When you think students have had enough time to respond click the pause button in the upper right to disable submissions and prevent further student responses (if you set a response timer this will be done for you automatically). Once disabled, the graph icon to the right of the pause/disable icon will display the histogram of student responses and provide you with the opportunity to set the correct answer so Top Hat can automatically grade student submissions.

When you’re finished with the question, clicking Close Question in the upper left hand corner will minimize the Presentation Tool ready to continue with your presentation.

The quick-ask question will appear in your dashboard with a generic title formatting to include quick-ask, the date, and time the question was asked, and if you chose to attach a screenshot that will be included as part of your question as well.

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