The Staff Learning Community is an emergent, community-driven initiative established to improve the culture and processes at PSU. Our goal is to provide the space and structure for staff to join together as an empowered community and engage in university projects. At our January Jamboree session, many staff members came together to propose project ideas for the coming semester. The SLC Leadership Group met and determined two manageable projects from this list for staff to indicate their commitment to in Spring 2020 (see below).
All PSU employees are welcome to sign up for the SLC. Deadline is February 14th.
Transitional Documentation Project
This project focuses on capturing and preserving valuable knowledge that is currently lost when employees leave positions at PSU, either because they are taking a different position within the university or because they are leaving the institution. During a Jan Jam Unconference session, SLC members identified a phased approach to this project. Phase 1, which will take place this spring, will explore approaches that might be implemented quickly to capture information when faculty and staff announce they will vacate a position. What do they do that other people don’t know about? What do they know about why specific policies and procedures were implemented in their area? Phase 2, which will be explored at a later date, will attempt to identify positions that have critical responsibilities and capture information proactively, while incumbents are still in place. Phase 3, which proposes systematic, proactive documentation of critical information needed to transition all positions on campus, will be fleshed out further after phases 1 and 2 are complete.