This may sound like a crazy topic, (after all, doesn’t everyone know how to name files?) but it’s come up more than once when I help students and faculty.
First, I’m certainly guilty of having a folder full of files named like this:
- No – ThisOne.doc
Obviously, I never know which one is really the most current file, based on its filename. I also have no idea which class this syllabus is for – ENGL 101? ENGL 102? or…? I usually spend far too much time looking through too many files, *hoping* to find the one I want.
Now let’s add students to the mix. Specifically, students who get files from their Angel classroom. They download your file: CurrentSyllabus.doc and save it on their home computer. Of course, they also get a syllabus from each of their three other courses and now have these files on their computer:
Obviously, file names like this are confusing for both the teacher and the faculty. Which one is for which class? Is the file named for 2005 *really* a current version of the syllabus? And although I like clarity, how long *does* a filename have to be?
A suggestion? Make filenames meaningful, clear, specific, short, and possibly dated. I like to try and name my files someting like this: