Starfish is a communication tool that offers students early and ongoing feedback surrounding academic progress. Starfish connects our current student outreach efforts with the goal of making our support around student success efforts a smooth, efficient and easy process for all.
JUST IN TIME RESOURCES:
1. Progress Survey Administration: Friday, Feb 21 to Friday, Mar 6. An email announcement with additional information will be made closer to the administration date. (Third Quarter: Feb 14 to Feb 19 and Fourth Quarter: April 8 to April 13).
2. Set up Office Hours or Academic Advising Appointments for the spring semester.
It is best to use Office Hours strictly for your semester office hours and the Scheduling Wizard option for academic advising appointments. The video will describe this in detail. If you need to edit or cancel one of your blocks of time, go to the day and block of time and hover your mouse over the clock icon. The edit or cancel options will appear. If students made an appointment in that particular block of time and you cancel, they will automatically receive a notice from Starfish to reschedule. You also have the option to include a message.
3. Starfish Syllabus Statement:
You may see emails from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your academic performance in class as well as any recommendations to support you. To access Starfish, log into myRedDragon and click the Starfish tab to set up your profile.Make sure you check your email daily and respond to any notifications or recommendations you receive. Starfish is helpful and easy to use as you connect with me and all the resources on our campus.
Starfish Learning Opportunities: Sessions offered to assist you in learning the Starfish platform.
To get you started, review and update your Institutional Profile. Do not put in your campus title in the "Title" block. If you want your students to know your title, place it in the Biography section. While you are setting up your profile, you might want to go ahead and set your email notifications and office hours. Watch the Starfish Introduction and Institutional Profile video tutorial. Additional tutorials available soon.
Select View Student Photo Directions for a step by step resource to view or print a class roster that also shows students pictures. Please note, the photo class list in Banner is available to see your students. New students will be uploaded two weeks into the semester.
Watch the Starfish video for Scheduling Office Hours and Appointments. It is best to use Office Hours strictly for your semester office hours and the Scheduling Wizard option for Academic Advising Appointments. The video will describe this in detail. If you need to edit or cancel one of your blocks of time, go to the day and block of time and hover your mouse over the clock icon. The edit or cancel options will appear. If students made an appointment in that particular block of time and you cancel, they will automatically receive a notice from Starfish to reschedule. You also have the option to include an additional message.
To encourage your advisees to use Starfish for advising, you are welcome to use the following language: "Hello Advisees, I am now using Starfish to schedule academic advising appointments. Login to myRedDragon and select the Starfish Tab. My Success Network is the first thing you will see. Review the people listed under "Your Connections". I will be listed as your Academic Advisor. Select my name and you will then see my profile page. Select the blue "Schedule Appointment" link under my name. The system will walk you through the process."
Select Notification Descriptions for a detailed list about each alert and who receives, views, and manages the information. As you will see, any action you take in the system is always explained to you so you know exactly what you are doing and who will be able to view feedback. This aspect is important as any information you submit through Starfish is visible to the student and becomes part of the student's academic record. You can see the actual flag messages that are generated through Starfish when you select the specific flag alert. The Starfish Message Templates for Fall 2019 lists all of the messages if you want to read all the templates at once. (Notification Descriptions and the message templates are under review for spring - updates soon)
Each alert offers a specific message (email) to the student from Starfish Cortland. If you add additional comments to a flag alert, the comments will be embedded in the email.
Flag Alert Definitions:
Campus personnel with permission to see all of these student flag alerts include the: academic advisor, advisement and transition, associate dean and the instructor that raised the original flag. In all cases the student will receive an email notifying them of the particular flag alert about their academic performance except the General Concern alert.
Student Raised Flag Alerts:
There are several options to work with your students within the "Students" tab in Starfish. Watch this brief video for an overview of Starfish on how to look up your students, find contact information, how to submit a flag alert or kudos, how to take attendance, and print a class roster. You can also submit information for a Progress Survey from the "Students" tab. A separate video on how to respond to a Progress Survey can be found below.
Progress Survey (Early Semester Feedback) Feb 21 to March 6, 2020:
The system will alert you when it is time to provide feedback to students in the form of a survey. Progress surveys offer instructors an at a glance opportunity to give feedback on your student's academic progress.
Select Responding to a Progress Survey for detailed information on how to use a progress survey. Or watch this brief video about responding to a Progress Survey!
For instructors interested in keeping track of attendance, Starfish will organize of all the details of a student's attendance, tardiness, and excused absences. You can also download the information into an Excel spreadsheet if you wish. Select Taking Attendance for detailed information on using the attendance feature in Starfish.
Starfish has the capability of allowing you to set up office hours or academic advising appointments while updating your Outlook calendar at the same time. Select Setting Up Appointments for detailed information. If you have not done so already, you can also set your Email Notifications for Appointments and Tracking items.
Starfish offers some video tutorials to assist faculty. Some of the content and screen captures are not the same as what we have on our campus, you may still find the information helpful.
All information in Starfish and myRedDragon is disclosable under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). All information put into the system should use student-facing and student-friendly language.
Most academic flags in the system are viewable by the student they reference, the faculty or staff member who raised them, and any individual who may be associated with the flag. Flags are meant to connect everyone with the common goal of ensuring the student's academic success.
Starfish Syllabus Statement:
You may see emails from email@example.com regarding your academic performance in class as well as any recommendations to support you. To access Starfish, log into myRedDragon and click the Starfish tab to set up your profile.
Make sure you check your email daily and respond to any notifications or recommendations you receive. Starfish is helpful and easy to use as you connect with me and all the resources on our campus.
*Starfish is not intended to respond to mental health or safety concerns. If you have a significant concern about a student’s health, safety or well-being please contact the Behavior Assessment Team (BAT).
Any information created in Starfish is student facing. Student's as well as their academic advisor and associate dean will be able to read all the information you submit.