Name that File! An Active Learning Approach to Promoting Thoughtful Filenaming Practices in Personal Digital Archives
While developing filenaming schemes can be a mundane activity, sometimes the long-term usability and findability of personal digital assets depends solely on the mere naming of files. So how might personal digital archives (PDA) instructors teach the importance of filenaming strategies in an engaging manner? “Name That File” is a brief (approximately 15 minute) group activity that PDA instructors can use to teach filenaming concepts such as description and choosing data elements by which to organize by. Using everyday-use items like printed photos and manila folders to stand in for abstract notions like computer files and directories, the activity aims to promote a more engaged thoughtfulness to how one organizes and names their personal digital assets. This poster will describe the components and learning objectives for the "Name That File" activity that can be included in personal digital archiving workshops and other related programming.