Top Hat — software to be avoided

As a PhD student having taught the Economics Introductory Statistics at Queen’s a few times, I get the occasional solicitation by publishers, sometimes sending me free textbooks in the hopes that I will assign them to my class.

Far more than all publisher contact combined, however, is the relentless unsolicited attempts to “connect” with me from a company called Top Hat, who has a software service that will solve many, if not all, of the challenges of teaching. Sounds wonderful, right?

Read on for why I think Top Hat in a terrible idea for education, both with objections to the general pedagogical technique, but also with strong objections to how Top Hat conducts its business.
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