San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
Formerly known as Top Hat Monocle, the leading provider of mobile-based classroom response system, introduces a new free pricing model. Top Hat also announces that it is officially dropping the monocle from its name. Accompanying this rebrand, Top Hat releases a freshly redesigned corporate site at TopHat.com.
Currently used in more than 350 universities worldwide, Top Hat seeks to increase distribution with its new pricing plan. Launching today, students in courses with less than 30 students can now use the tool for free. While always free for educators, students of any class size were required to pay a $20/semester subscription fee to use the tool prior to today’s announcement.
“Our goal is to put Top Hat in the hands of every student and teacher,” said Andrew D’Souza, Top Hat’s Chief Operating Officer. “With this new pricing model, we’re eliminating the barrier for instructors to give the platform a try in their class. We expect this to significantly accelerate the word-of-mouth-driven adoption we’re already seeing.”
“Instructors can create a course and start asking questions in class within five minutes,” said Malgosia Green, Top Hat’s Chief Product Officer. “We make creating an active learning environment as easy as possible. With our new freemium model, we are excited to increase student engagement and learning outcomes in as many classrooms around the world as possible.”
While Top Hat is primarily used in college and university classes today, the company expects many K-12 teachers to adopt the platform under the new pricing model and is excited about welcoming these new users to its community.
Regarding the new name, co-founder and CEO, Mike Silagadze said “We’ve experienced tremendous growth since the company launched in 2010. While we have a sentimental tie to the original name, we are incredibly excited to have a brand new identity that reflects that evolution. Additionally, it is much easier to spell.”
Top Hat leverages students’ own mobile or web-enabled devices to increase engagement, retention and comprehension. Working over WiFi or SMS, Top Hat enables students to respond to real-time questions and polls asked by their instructor, participate in discussions, compete in class-wide tournaments, run interactive simulations and more. Case studies and data from current professors indicate grade increases of 3-5% and attendance increasing upwards of 30% when using TopHat.
About Top Hat Monocle
Top Hat is the leading classroom response participation provider. It makes the classroom experience more engaging, rewarding and effective for instructors and students at over 350 universities worldwide. Top Hat is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in San Francisco and Chicago.