What is Hotseat?

Run what you brung

Hotseat provides all students a place to quickly and easily participate in a productive backchannel discussion during class. Suddenly, every student has a voice.

Abiding by the “run what you brung” model, Hotseat allows students to post questions and comments using whatever technology they have available -- SMS texting, iOS and Android mobile apps, and desktop and mobile websites. This gives all students a chance to actively engage in classroom activities.

What does Hotseat do?

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Engaging Classroom Discussion

Give students the opportunity to ask questions or voice their opinion in class. With the option to post "anonymously," Hotseat allows students to speak up, especially useful for large courses or sensitive topics.


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Real-Time Polling

Take the temperature of the room and check if students are “getting it” by taking a poll. Questions can be set up ahead of time or on the fly, and launching a poll makes it immediately visible to students on the mobile app or website.

Who Uses Hotseat?

Faculty Innovators

Dr. ChakavartyDr. Chakravarty is using Hotseat to engage students in the classroom to empower them to speak up in large lectures.


Dr. DooleyDr. Frank Dooley is using Hotseat to encourage all students to participate actively in class.


Dr. David BosDr. David Bos uses Hotseat both in and out of the classroom to help identify which concepts students understand, as well as which topics require additional coverage or demonstrations in class.

Instructor Resources

One-on-one consultations are available for Purdue instructors who wish to learn more about Hotseat. Email us at studiohelp@purdue.edu to get started!

Online resources are also available. Check out the instructor getting started guide.