ASEE Papers & Cards

Maximizing Your Reach and Impact


Why You Need to Use Papers and Cards Together

ASEE papers and Engineering Unleashed cards are two distinct yet complementary tools educators can use to communicate data, assessment methodology, guidance, and resources involved with their topic.

When you create both a paper and card around your topic, you provide a complete picture of your work - and enhance its reach and impact. This works for presentations, too!

This guide explores how papers and cards work together to your benefit. Download a PDF of the guide.

  1. Definitions
  2. How Papers and Cards Work Together
  3. Chart: Differences & Similarities
  4. How to Get Started
  5. More Ways Cards Can Supplement Presentations
  6. Citations
  7. Resources & Further Learning
  8. Contributors



ASEE papers

ASEE papers are formal, peer-reviewed, archival publications that communicate and document developments in engineering education, such as a research study conducted on an intervention tried in class. Papers represent a significant scholarly effort to advance engineering education and promote teaching excellence.

Engineering Unleashed cards

Engineering Unleashed cards are dynamic and adaptable publications that serve as a repository for sharing innovative teaching practices, classroom activities, and educational resources connected to entrepreneurial mindset. Cards allow people to document pedagogical developments in a manner that facilitates adoption by other educators. Cards are “living” documents, able to be updated at any time.

Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM)

Cards are also connected to an overall mission to transform engineering education with an entrepreneurial mindset, which is to equip students to see opportunities, make an impact, and understand their unique role as value creators. 

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How Papers and Cards Work Together

Papers facilitate sharing outcomes from implementing a new activity or idea in the classroom or engineering education in general. Papers generally focus on why the activity or idea was conducted, and how its results contribute to engineering education from a research-oriented perspective.

When a paper is combined with a card, the author is then able to share how to implement the activity or idea

For example:

  • Publish a paper on your research study. Then discuss it with other educators on your corresponding card. 
  • Publish a paper about developments in engineering education. Then pair it with a card about your teaching practices, including the assessment tools you used and student artifacts.

An important facet of the paper-card collaboration is that papers can refer to the unique card number and/or provide a link to the card. In turn, cards can link to the corresponding paper abstract (or any other archival publication). See Citations for more information.

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Chart: Differences & Similarities

This chart further shows how papers and cards complement and supplement each other. By developing and using both formats, you will be able to provide others with the complete picture of your work - and facilitate their usage of it in their own contexts.


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How To Get Started


Case 1: I have an ASEE paper accepted/drafted and I would like to make a companion card.

Start by considering what resources you would like to share with someone that wants to use the idea or project from your ASEE paper.

Focusing questions: 

  • What would save them time?
  • What would you send a colleague who asks for your materials?

Then as you draft the card, craft your main description around the things another faculty member would need to implement your idea. 

Focusing questions: 

  • Why do you like the project?
  • What makes it work well with students? 


Case 2. I have a card I would like to turn into an ASEE paper.

Start by considering how you might assess your project if you have not yet done so. 

  1. Take the COMPASS assessment for EM self-paced training. This course was developed as a guide to help faculty explore tools and best practices for assessment of EM.
  2. Make sure to consider whether or not you need approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for conducting your studies.
  3. Draft an abstract for the conference and submit it.
  4. Start writing your paper with a literature search and information about your EM focus.

Beyond ASEE

You can also look beyond ASEE; other conferences may work well for your project. For example, Engineering Unleashed Ambassadors are familiar with EM topics and have been publishing within professional societies. You can reach out to these people to learn more about work already happening.

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More Ways Cards Can Supplement Presentations

Consider: How might your card be used to quickly link attendees to more resources? Are there multiple ways that a card can be used in a paper presentation? What about a poster? 

Try these ideas: 

  1. Include a QR code to your card in your poster or presentation. This gives others a direct way to gather resources as well as an opportunity to talk with you further about your work.
  2. Get your card reviewed. All reviewed cards can be viewed by the general public (i.e., they do not need an account). This makes the initial share with a public audience easier.
  3. Put the unique card number on print items, presentations, or even on swag promoting your work. People can go to Engineering Unleashed and easily find your card. 

Here is an example of cards being integrated with posters, at the 2024 PNW ASEE Regional Conference hosted at Montana State University. (Note: KEEN is only included because MSU is a KEEN Partner - this does not have to be the norm.)


Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wettstein

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How to cite or refer to an ASEE paper on your card

In the card’s Folder section, include a link to that paper, abstract, or other archival publication, as seen in Card #1519. Here the authors have also uploaded their ASEE poster: 


How to cite or refer to an Engineering Unleashed card in your paper

Direct citation: At the top of the card, click the “Cite” button to generate the citation. Then copy and paste it into papers, CVs and other materials, and even other cards. See example from Card #1493:


Referencing: Each Engineering Unleashed card comes with a unique card number. This is present on the card itself and also in the card’s URL (see example on Card #1493 above). In your paper, you can refer to that number and/or include the entire card link, depending on the format of your presentation. 

How to include your paper’s co-authors and contributors on your card

The inclusion and listing of your paper’s co-authors should reflect their relative contribution. If your co-authors are (1) members of Engineering Unleashed and (2) work on the card with you, then you can add them as card authors or editors.

You can also list all of the paper’s authors in the References & Acknowledgments section, as seen in Card #940:


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Resources & Further Learning

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This guide was compiled by these members of the Engineering Unleashed community:

Dr. Ahmed Oun (Ohio Northern University)
Amy Trowbridge (Arizona State University)
Becky Benishek (The Kern Family Foundation)
Dr. Blake Hylton (Ohio Northern University)
Dr. Carmen Cioc (The University of Toledo)
Dr. Devina Jaiswal (Western New England University)
Dr. Heather Dillon (University of Washington Tacoma)
Dr. Mark Budnik (Carnegie Mellon University)
Michael Johnson (The Kern Family Foundation)
Dr. Michelle Marincel Payne (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dr. Neil Petroff (Tarleton State University)
Dr. Sarah Zappe (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Stephanie Gillespie (University of New Haven)

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