Create/Modify Student Hours in Sierra Connect (Starfish) - How to Guide


How do I set-up online locations for Student (Office) hours?


Please feel free to follow this step-by-step guide on how and why to set up Student Hours (Office Hours) in Sierra Connect for Instructional Faculty.

Before getting started, have a Zoom room set-up for your Student Hours. 

  • If you already have a Zoom room, please skip to "Setting Up Your Locations" below. 

  • If you do not already have a Zoom room for your Student Hours, please follow these steps first:

Log into Sierra Connect

Click the link to log into Sierra Connect-  DASHBOARD FOR SIERRA CONNECT

Setting up your locations

The place to set up your locations is located in your profile under "Appointment Preferences".

When logged into Connect:

  • Click the three lines at the top left of the screen.

  • Click the arrow next to your name. You'll see the option for Appointment Preferences.

  • Set up two locations; one for phone and one for online.
  • Start by clicking the green "Add Locations" button under, "My Locations".
  • Select Online to start.

  • For your online meeting location, enter the text that matches your Zoom link.


  • For your phone meeting location, enter the phone number and PIN provided by Zoom for your meeting.
    • HINT! Remember, your Zoom meeting has a link and phone number, so you don’t need two Zoom rooms. 

  • Save your work and move on to setting up your Student Hours.


Setting up your Student Hours

  • Be sure to enable both your Phone and Online Locations for your Student Hours (Office Hours). Students will be able to choose their preferred way of attending. 
  • Once again, click the three lines at the top left of the screen, then click "Appointments".

  • Now click "Office Hours"

Below is an example of what your Edit Office Hours window could look like.


  • Under Instructions, only use if there are special instructions for your appointment.


  • Below is a template for you to use in your Instructions section


Thank you for making an appointment with me. Please be ready and on time. Email me if you have any issues.

Thank you, I look forward to meeting with you!"


  • REMINDER! Don’t forget to enter an End Date for your Student Hours. If you use "End of Term" you will allow Sierra Connect to auto-expire your Student Hours once the term ends; students will not be able to schedule appointments with you during intersessions this way. 


Why do it this way?

When a student views their appointments within Sierra Connect, this information will be front and center. 

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