Attached Files: ‘301 Student Name Assignment Name’

Subject Lines and file names

‘301 Student Name Assignment name’

I am sure you can all imagine how much email and how many documents I file on a regular basis — all you need to do to is multiply the assignments you are responsible for each week by the number of students in the class, and you can easily imagine how many documents I deal with daily.

I do not open all the emails that arrive in my box and I do not read every attachment I open in the moment; rather, I file them according to their subject and student name. If you do not name your attachments correctly, I have to stop and rename the file.

This is reminder to consider the Subject lines carefully – how can you best assist your reader in terms of identifying the message without opening? How can you enable your reader to quickly file the message?  Or, alternatively, if your email requires a response, how can you alert your reader to that necessity?

While the emails you use to communicate with in this course are only worth 7% of your total grade, it is nonetheless so important that you learn the skill of professional emailing – and that you understand the differences between the purpose of sending a memo or a message. If there were a final exam for this course, I would ask that question, because it is important; memos serve a different purpose and different reader[s]  than messages.

And as you are aware, today, emailing is the main form of communications between professionals.

 Attached Files

First, what are the differences between a pdf file and a word doc file? If you do not know the answer to this question, please go to the index in our text book and look up PDF (Portable Document Format).
All attached files should be correctly named. When I receive an attached file, I need to file that attachment.
Sometimes, I open an incorrectly named file, and the document does not have a student name, there is no date and sometimes, not even a name for the assignment. So, I have to stop and figure out who’s work is this ? –  and then name and date and title the document before I re-file  – when what I want to be doing is providing feedback and evaluations.
The moral behind this post about subject lines and file names is: ALWAYS CONSIDER YOU READER’S NEEDS FIRST. Stop and think about how your document or message or memo will be used  – who is reading, who is filing, is your message or document likely to be passed on to another reader? If so, you need to consider all possible readers.
I hope the following notes are helpful and that future correspondence have clear and complete subject lines and attachments will be correctly named, and the attached document will include course number, student name, date, and title of the document at the top. Thanks and enjoy.
So, subject lines and attachment files correctly named are foundational to professional correspondence. 

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