A new communication tool from Top Hat (a leading higher ed learning platform) that is purpose-built for higher ed has recently been released. It’s called Slate, and it rounds out Top Hat’s capabilities designed for active learning and community building. This new feature effectively enables Top Hat to operate as a basecamp for active learning and student engagement.
“As most educators and institutions plan for a primarily online or hybrid teaching format in the Fall, they’re facing an uphill battle to deliver educational ROI to students in a virtual setting,” says Mike Silagadze, founder and CEO of Top Hat. “We know students are expecting a more engaging, interactive, and human experience than they had during the last academic term,” he says.
With the launch of Slate, “…we’re releasing a powerful tool to all Top Hat users that replaces simple bandage solutions that were used to stay in contact with students in the last academic term. During a time when students are physically dispersed all over the country and even the world, Slate will help educators and institutions maintain that sense of community and belonging even after students can safely return to campus,” says Silagadze.
With Slate, educators and their students can:
- Build a learning community: Slate provides a dedicated environment for educators and students to share and discuss class news and updates, facilitate real-time discussions during virtual lectures, and enable post-lecture dialog. It offers the flexibility to connect more than 200,000 students across a campus while also creating intimate spaces for classroom discussions and one-to-one direct messaging.
- Enable seamless collaboration: Educators can create opportunities for students to engage in active learning outside the classroom by leveraging Slate for team-based learning activities and project collaboration via chat or video conferencing.
- Maintain connections between classes: Slate enables and encourages professor-to-student and student-to-student interactions. Using direct messaging and video-conference functionalities to facilitate virtual office hours, small group engagement, class-wide discussions, and cross-campus connections, they can easily connect with each other from anywhere. Learn more.