Student Response System
Top Hat Student Response and Engagement System
In HYD143 you will be using an internet-based system to answer questions associated with each video podcast lecture. The system you will use is called Top Hat. With Top Hat you can simply view and submit responses to questions about each lecture using your laptop, web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or a cellphone with text messaging. The Top hat website is at http://www.tophat.com.
To use Top Hat you will have to pay a $20 fee to that company for a student account on that service, but compared to the benefits of the system it is well worth it. In addition, students who are in deep financial hardship may explain their situation in an email request to Professor Pasternack to receive a fee waiver, of which we have a small number for use in our class.
Each chapter of material in this course has 1-2 video podcasts. In turn, each video podcast has 2-5 questions in Top Hat. Questions are organized into folders on Top Hat according to which video podcast they go with and each question is named according to which presentation slide it goes with (note that each slide has a page number in the lower right corner). It helps to view the PDF of the slide presentation when answering top Hat Questions, because the PDFs have higher resolution imagery than the video podcasts.
In addition to the student response system, the Top Hat material for this course includes two brief interactive "demos" that you can go through to better understand difficult concepts.