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Indiana University Expands Partnership with Top Hat to Provide Students with Best-in-Class Learning Tools at No Cost


Enterprise license agreement designed to increase engagement and support
learning via interactive tools and content accessed through students'
personal devices

In a move to help increase student engagement and defray college costs,
Indiana University today announces a new enterprise license agreement
with Top
, provider of the leading cloud-based teaching platform for
higher education. Through this expanded partnership, more than 114,000
students on all eight of Indiana University campuses will have access to
best-in-class educational tools at no additional cost, as well as
affordable or free, high-quality and interactive course materials from
Top Hat.

In 2017, IU chose Top Hat Classroom as its preferred student engagement
platform. Students paid for access and used their existing mobile
devices to increase in-class engagement and deliver real-time feedback
to professors. Last year, IU students spent $665,000 on Top Hat licenses.

Following a successful year that has seen Top Hat Classroom become one
of the most used tools at the institution, IU has expanded the
partnership to offer all IU students on all campuses access to
Classroom, as well as Top Hat's interactive cloud-based teaching
platform, designed to engage students with interactive content, tools,
and assessments inside and outside the classroom. Instructors can now
successfully create active learning environments via interactive slides,
graded questions, customized content, videos, discussions, and polls.

"The decision to partner with Top Hat really boils down to its
innovative, user-friendly design and our commitment to providing
best-in-class tools for student learning," said Matt Gunkel, IU director
of teaching and learning technology. "And if we can do that at no cost
to our students, all the better."

All students at Indiana University now have access to Top Hat Classroom.
In addition, students will also have access to Top Hat Textbook, Top Hat
Attention and Attendance, and Top Hat Assignment. These additional tools
will be piloted beginning in fall 2018. Top Hat Textbook helps
instructors improve learning with high-quality and interactive
educational content. Instructors choose from more than 20,000 free and
affordable course materials created with Top Hat Textbook in the Top Hat
Marketplace, a game-changing resource for customizable educational
content, allowing professors to publish, share, and collaborate with
peers. Top Hat Attention and Attendance is a mobile app that
automatically takes attendance and rewards students for staying focused
during class. Top Hat Assignment enables educators to create,
personalize, and track homework for students.

Since it was rolled out last year, Top Hat has earned a faculty
following. "Top Hat is easy to use, very intuitive and it's quick to set
up because there's virtually no tutorial support needed," said Kathleen
Marrs, IU associate professor of biology. "And it really does engage
students. It gets them talking to each other, participating and thinking
critically about the material in class."

"Active learning strategies like taking polls and responding to
questions on their own smartphone or other personal device increase
student engagement and learning in the classroom," said Stacy Morrone,
IU associate vice president for learning technologies. "This focus on
engagement also reflects IU's commitment to active learning, including
our highly successful Mosaic

"Throughout the past year, we've had the opportunity to work closely
with faculty who have been incredibly committed to improving student
development," said Mike Silagadze, co-founder and CEO, Top Hat. "With
our expanded partnership, Indiana University is further enabling student
success by providing access to high-quality and affordable educational
content, effectively widening participation in higher education. We look
forward to continuing our work together to set a new standard for how
forward-thinking and engaged institutions are setting up their students
for success."

About Indiana University

Founded in 1820, Indiana
 is one of the United States' top public universities.
With more than 114,000 students and 9,200 faculty on eight campuses, IU
is also one of the largest institutions of higher education in the
United States. Its annual budget for all eight campuses totals over $3
billion. Each one of the eight IU campuses is an accredited, four-year
degree-granting institution. The largest and oldest IU campus is in

About Top Hat

Top Hat's interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors
to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling
content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 750 leading North
American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching platform. To
learn more, visit

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