Major tech partnership to deliver “interactive” lectures

Top Hat and OpenStax College partner to deliver peer-reviewed textbooks and an interactive teaching platform.

openstax-top-hatTop Hat, 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, College of William and Mary, Collin College, Eastfield College, Tidewater Community College and Northern Illinois University.

“It’s becoming more evident that online learning alone cannot replace face-to-face lectures,” said Mike Silagadze, CEO of Top Hat. “Student outcomes continue to be superior when there is a component of live interaction as opposed to purely web-based learning. With digital textbooks from OpenStax College, Top Hat brings a new level of ease and depth to the university lecture. 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.”

(Next page: How professors are already using the partnership’s technology)