Hot take: Engineering students who cannot grasp the concept of "files and folders" and only understands their phone's storage structure
THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO RECEIVE THEIR ENGINEERING DEGREES.
Fail them. Tell them to go take remedial computer class at the local elementary school.
Trust me, zoomers are really really stupid.
Think about it. They grew up with technology that was boomer friendly. They, just like boomers, had no need to learn it. It was handed to them.
Unless they had a home computer, and even then they probably just used a single default home directory and the web, they probably had school issued Chromebooks (designed to be secure along with their ecosystem, so simple), or otherwise used the Google ecosystem for writing papers. Those asking the questions about folders never got further into the field of not always fun systems administration … but, yes, not as far as my Silent Generation mother and her pictures of grandkids…. They will learn this stuff, I’m just not sure it’s something you should expect from non-CS types.
Yes, if they can't do something as basic as open a file, then it's time to fail them and force them to learn. It isn't magic, it isn't impossible, it isn't even hard. But it is essential and if you let someone pass without knowing this then you've failed them.