Professor: Anonymous Questions (New 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 are a great tool for the collection of sensitive, polarizing, or personal feedback from a class with privacy, accuracy and honesty. Whether you want to poll your students on their drug use or sexual behaviour, or have them complete a course or professor evaluation, Top Hat’s anonymous questions are the way to go!

To create an anonymous question simply click on the blue Create button on the left side of your screen, and from there select the question style you’d like to create. Each of the Top Hat question styles can be created as anonymous; all you have to do is click the box next to Allow students to answer anonymously in the question creation framework.

When this option is selected you will not be able to see what individuals answer. Only aggregated results will be available, and this question cannot be graded as students’ identities are hidden. Setting a question up for anonymous submissions can only be done at the time you create the question, you cannot change this setting by way of editing after the question has been created. Should you have made an error in your anonymity selection when creating your question initially you’ll simply want to recreate the question ensuring the anonymity is set the way you wish.

Should you require further assistance with Top Hat, our Support Team is here to help! You can contact us directly by way of email (, the in app support button, the red Can’t find what you are looking for? Ask Support! banner at the bottom of this page, or calling us at 1-888-663-5491.