Faculty/Instructor Starfish Resources

  • Students in tutoring

Starfish for Faculty/Instructors

Starfish at Fredonia is designed to help you communicate academic progress concerns with students in your classes, identify resources that might be helpful to their success, and provide them positive feedback on improved progress.

  • Increases communication between faculty and students
  • Provides personalized feedback to students about their academic progress the moment a tracking item is raised
  • Catches students early in the semester to provide them opportunities to improve
  • Gives the ability to provide positive recognition to students
  • Outreach also provided by advisors and other campus departments

View the Starfish 'Getting Started Guide' for Faculty and Staff.


How to provide feedback using Starfish

  1. Progress Surveys Are academic surveys administered several times a semester to help alert students to their overall academic progress in the course.
  2. Individual Flags and Kudos can be raised anytime during the semester and is ideal for faculty who have individual concerns (or praise) about a student.


What are Tracking Items?

Within the system, you can raise flags, send kudos, and make referrals to campus services. Send a flag when you are concerned with progress in a course. Send a kudos when you are pleased with student progress or performance. Make a referral when you think a student could benefit from additional campus services. Students and any other relevant personnel will receive notifications about these items in the form of an email message.

Flags are intended to warn students that they need to take some action. Assigned Academic Advisors are also notified of these flags because they are a key resource to students who may not know how to best respond to the warning.
Once a flag gets a student’s attention, the flag has done its job.

  • Flags (Alerts/Notices) you can send:

    Flag Name When to use this flag What will happen Workflow Level
    Attendance Concern Use when a student has missed 3 or more consecutive classes; was attending regularly and now is not. An email is sent on behalf of the instructor to the student and the student can see all comments. Level 1 flag. Student is expected to address the issue. (Supportive outreach occurs for multiple level 1 flags.)
    Low Quiz/Test Scores Use when a student receives a poor grade on a quiz or test, but there is chance that, with support, they could still pass the course. An email is sent on behalf of the instructor to the student and the student can see all comments. Level 1 flag. Student is expected to address the issue. (Supportive outreach occurs for multiple level 1 flags.)
    Missing/Late Assignments Use when a student is struggling academically, but there is chance that, with support, they could still pass the course. An email is sent on behalf of the instructor to the student and the student can see all comments. Level 1 flag. Student is expected to address the issue. (Supportive outreach occurs for multiple level 1 flags.)
    Poor Course Performance Use this when a student is having recurring academic difficulty - when you have already raised other Level 1 flags and you feel the problem is still not resolved. An email is sent on behalf of Academic Advising Services to the student and the student can see all comments. Level 1 flag. Student is expected to address the issue. (Supportive outreach occurs for multiple level 1 flags.)
    Never Attended Use this to indicate that a student has never attended your class. An email is sent on behalf of Academic Advising Services to the student. Level 2 flag. Academic Advising Services or other support offices will try to contact the student.
    Consider Withdrawing from this Course Use when a student is in significant danger of failing the course due to a number of factors. An email is sent on behalf Academic Advising Services to the student and the student's academic advisor is notified. Level 2 flag. Academic Advising Services or other specific cohort advisors will reach out to the student.

  • Referrals you can make:

    • Tutoring

  • Kudos (Positive Feedback) you can share:

    • You're Off to a Great Start!
    • Showing Improvement
    • Keep up the Good Work


What happens when you raise a flag or kudo?

  • Students will receive a pre-configured email that includes your comments.
  • Students are encouraged to reach out to you for additional information about these comments.
  • Students are sent links to campus resources, including tutoring and Academic Advising Services.
  • Academic advisors can see your comments for their assigned students. They are encouraged to reach out to students (although this is not always possible due to caseload management and availability).

    Please also note:
    • outreach priority is for those students with 3 or more active flags and/or students flagged for being in danger of failing
    • when reaching out to students, the Academic Advisor or other support staff will have the option to provide feedback to you by "closing the loop".

 

 

Starfish

Nicole Hohenstein- Academic Advising Services
4th Floor-Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
716-673-3188