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Starfish is an early alert system that helps you and your instructors communicate about your class performance and connects you to resources at NWTC that will help you reach your goals. Check your NWTC student email and Starfish frequently for updates from the people who want you to succeed!

 

To access Starfish, log into Blackboard Learn and click on the Starfish link at the top of the Welcome Page screen.

Screenshot of Starfish link

 

 

Here are some Starfish terms that are helpful to understand.

 

Flag

Your instructor will raise a Starfish flag when they are concerned about your performance in a class. The 3 flags you may receive are:

  • No Show – raised if you miss the first meeting of an in-person class or do not login to an online class within the first week.
  • Current Grade – raised if your instructor is concerned about your grade in the class.
  • Participation – raised if your instructor is concerned about your participation or attendance in class

If you receive a flag, you should talk to your instructor about their concerns.

Learn more about how to respond to flags.

 

Kudo

Your instructor will raise a Starfish kudo when you deserve special recognition for improvement or good work. The 2 kudos you may receive are:

  • Showing Improvement
  • Good Work

 

Referral

NWTC instructors and staff can raise Starfish referrals to help connect you to NWTC student services. When a referral is raised, NWTC staff from the referred department will reach out to you via email or phone to connect you to the resources you need.

Learn more about how to respond to referrals.

 

To-Do

You may receive a Starfish to-do if there is a task or item that the college needs you to complete. Some examples of to-dos are Faculty Mentoring Meetings, Mock Interviews, or Resume Reviews.

Learn more about how to respond to to-dos.

 

 

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