First, your instructor must send out an invitation for you to join their Top Hat course site.

1. You will receive an email like this (See Fig. 1)


Fig. 1, Top Hat email

2. Then click the link either to create a New Account or to join a class with an Existing Account.

New Account

1. Students without an account will be taken to a page like this (See Fig. 2)

a. Click Yes, that's right.

b. You may choose your own Top Hat username and determine how your name appears in Top Hat but you cannot change your email, as the email address is used to link your Blackboard and Top Hat accounts (See Fig. 3).


Fig. 2, Top Hat new account


Fig. 3, Top Hat new account details

Existing Account

1. Students with an account will be taken to a page like this (See Fig. 4)

a. After logging on, you will be taken to the course.

b. Note that students with existing accounts registered under a different email address with Top Hat, they will need to change it in their account settings by:

i. Clicking their name at the upper right of the Top Hat.
ii. Choosing My Account.
iii. Changing the address in the email field.
iv. Then clicking "Save".


Fig. 4, Top Hat existing account Login