Top Hat, OpenStax College Partner to Deliver Interactive Lecture Experience

Top Hat, the a digital learning platform for higher education, today announced it is teaming up with OpenStax College, Rice University’s non-profit educational materials initiative.

Through the partnership, college professors are able to engage students through OpenStax College’s digital textbooks and be involved every step of the way before, during and after lectures through Top Hat’s interactive teaching platform.

Professors have already adopted OpenStax College with Top Hat in a number of universities and colleges, including University of Kentucky, Eastfield College, and Northern Illinois University.

“Student outcomes continue to be superior when there is a component of live interaction as opposed to purely web-based learning,” said Mike Silagadze, CEO of Top Hat.

“In-class student assessment can now encompass visual and auditory stimuli, and new ways of manipulating and interacting with classroom material through sorting, matching, click-on-target and word or number answer questions.”

Top Hat allows professors to deliver their lecture from anywhere in the room on any tablet device. Through the partnership, professors can instantly gauge students’ understanding of the OpenStax College content.

“OpenStax College is committed to improving student access to quality learning materials,” said David Harris, Editor in Chief at OpenStax College. “While our books meet standard scope and sequence requirements, they are also customizable if the professors’ needs are different.”

OpenStax College textbooks available with Top Hat include Anatomy and Physiology, College Physics, and Introductory Statistics.