Faculty play an essential role in iAdvise. The student - faculty interaction is of utmost importance and working together with advisors leads to an interconnected network to help students succeed.
iAdvise has the capability for instructors to use the system for managing their courses and appointments with students should they choose to do so; however, the most important part of iAdvise's initial work with faculty is the alerting component centered in Early Alerts.
A tool to work together for student success...
iAdvise uses Starfish by Hobsons to maintain information on students and to provide an opportunity for intervention using a system of different types of flagging for students in courses, called iAlert. Once advising units are loaded into the system for day-to-day use over Fall 2019, faculty members can use iAlert to indicate that there is a challenge for a student through the system and no longer need to worry about identifying the student’s advisor and sending an email. In user flagging, an instructor can raise a flag on a student by clicking their name in iAdvise and entering a flag individually for each student about whom they are concerned.
- In user flagging, when there is an issue for a student and a faculty member wants to contact advising, it can be done through the “iAlert” system.
- A faculty member raises a flag of any number of types ranging from “Attendance Concerns” to “Missing Work” to “Personal Concerns.”
- Once a flag is raised, an advisor is notified and can take action with the student.
- Also, in most cases, a student is notified and can take action accordingly. (Some alerts do not notify the student directly.) Once acted upon, an advisor can close the loop with an instructor by letting them know that their alert has been addressed, and where appropriate to the concern, inform the faculty member of the results.