Starfish® CONNECT gives students a vehicle to connect with their instructors, advisors, and others in their support network. Instructors, advisors, and other professionals in Starfish Services are encouraged to create office hours in Starfish® so students can easily make appointments. This appointment management system ensures that students, faculty, and staff stay connected and save time scheduling appointments. Faculty and staff can customize appointment preferences including appointment name, length, scheduling deadliness, locations, and instructions. Office hours can be designed on a recurring basis or as a one-time occurrence and can be limited to a specific population of students (i.e. your advisees or students in your courses). You can also choose if you would like to receive email notifications or reminders about these appointments as well as sync the appointments with your UIS Outlook calendar.
All faculty, advisors, and select support staff have access to Starfish Connect through Blackboard. Starfish Getting Started and Early Alert workshops are offered during new faculty orientation each year, and to new advisors and support staff during their orientations. Faculty Development Workshops are also offered each term in which faculty, departments, and advisors share experiences and insights to using Starfish® in creative ways to support student success. One-on-one and department workshops can be scheduled by contacting one of the UIS Starfish administrators through firstname.lastname@example.org. A self-paced video trainer is also available to faculty and advisors.
New freshmen receive Starfish Getting Started training during their orientation. New transfer students may consult the Starfish Student Getting Started guide or contact their college advisor for assistance.