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Cards 101 How to Create Cards
Updated: 1/27/2022 3:05 PM by Becky Benishek
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Engineering Unleashed Resources

This card has been created to help you create cards! 

Each section in this card contains tips to use for your own cards. The first few items will be covered in this box; keep scrolling to reveal more throughout the card. 

Before you begin: Open & bookmark the Card Rubric. Use this guide alongside Cards 101 to help craft your card for your audience. Then, after you've published your card, opt in to the peer review currently in beta!

Now: Create a new card or click Edit on an existing card, and...


Card Title

Your title is your first opportunity to draw people into your card.


Card Category

Select up to two categories to help others understand at a glance what your card can be used for.

1. Campus & Outreach – Cards in this category typically contain resources to communicate about EM to faculty on campus, such as book studies and faculty guides. They can also include cards related to implementation strategies that a campus has used. These can have an external focus and communicate EM to the community, K12, or even industry audiences. 

2. Classroom & Courses – Cards in this category share resources, activities, and examples of EM within the classroom context. These can include teaching resources, individual activities, entire courses, or approaches to bringing EM to students within a classroom setting. 

3. Co-Curricular & Extra Curricular – Cards in this category can be shorter activities that could work in a club setting, but might also include write-ups of student organizations that focus on EM or hackathon/design sprints, or even EM speaker series.

4. Engineering Unleashed Resources – Cards in this category are general resources for the community. Examples include branding guides, card templates, or how-to guides for Engineering Unleashed. This broad category is meant for resources and tools that connect to the community and mission. 

5. Professional Learning – Cards in this category are focused on sharing faculty development approaches, professional development resources, or other items connected to faculty professional growth and development. Do you have tips, tricks, techniques, or examples of how faculty can grow professionally with EM?

6. Workshops & Events – Cards in this category are connected to events like the KEEN National Conference as well as techniques for how to showcase EM with a workshop or at an event. 



Think of how Google Search tells you at a glance which among the 1000s of results you want to click on first. You have 160 characters to play with; what would make you click into your card?



(The box you're in right now.)

Before we get started, review these logistics:

  • Do: Use the card's Rich Text formatting. Make your content visually appealing and readable with headers, bolding, and lists.
  • Do Not: Copy and paste from other documents. The formatting may look fine in Edit, but once you save/preview/publish, it can get all messed up (with no way to fix it).


NEW! Copy the 30-Second Overview template below and paste in at the top of your Description field to provide an at-a-glance look for faculty (here's an example):


30-Second Overview

One-Sentence Description:  


After filling out the 30-Second Overview, continue in the Description box with more notes about your content and intent. 

Tip: Thinking of what inspires you will help you think of your audience.

  • What gets you to read a card and download its resources?
  • What makes you decide to teach a particular lesson?
  • What do you want to know first when you come across a project?

Answering these questions for yourself will help you design your card for others.


Featured Image 

Featured image size: 360 x 200 px.

Your card’s image is another great way to capture interest and deliver visual cues as to its content. 

  • Do: Try to use imagery from your own artifacts, such as diagrams, student collaboration, student projects.
  • Do: Aim for high-quality, clear pictures.
  • Do: Use royalty-free images that convey what your card is about, if you don't have imagery from your class/project. You'll find a list of websites with royalty-free images in the folders below. 


Engineering Disciplines

  • DO: Only pick one or two disciplines to improve accuracy of search.



Add as many authors and editors as you wish to help collaborate! Authors and editors have the same powers, except: Only authors will appear on the published card view. Editors remain behind the scenes.


At any time throughout building your card, click Save and then click Preview to see what it looks like so far!


Learning Objectives
  • Use this box to outline expected outcomes for both faculty and students. 
    • Use a bulleted or numbered list with the Rich Text formatting options.
    • Have an existing list? 
      • First paste your list into a text file to remove any formatting that lurks behind the scenes.
      • Then copy and paste to this box.
      • Add back in the bulleted or numbered list using the Rich Text formatting options.

Instructor Tips

This is an opportunity to share the best ways to implement your project, course, lab, and so forth, along with noting the resources you'll upload in the folders below. You can also invite members to ask questions in the Discussion section at the bottom of the card. 

  • Separate instructor tips into lists. This helps the viewer quickly scan through your helpful hints. 
  • If you already have a list, a best practice is to paste your list first into a text file to remove any formatting that lurks behind the scenes. Then copy'n'paste to this box. Add back in the bulleted or numbered list using the Rich Text formatting options.
  • Share what didn’t work. This type of honest insight is incredibly helpful for others who are trying to learn from your work.
  • Consider assigning +, -, and Δ. By using these symbols, you can quickly convey to other faculty what worked, what didn’t, and what could be improved. Note: You will need to paste in Δ from a word processing application; however, this minuscule use of a direct paste shouldn’t affect the card formatting overall.
  • Consider adding variations. Are there ways that this can be done with more or less time? Have you used different materials? Listing these types of variations can help other faculty fit your work within their own context. For example, the Innovation Challenge cards created by Sri Condoor list variations to almost every challenge, including this Aesthetic Bridge challenge.
  • If you’ve delivered this multiple times, detail what changed. A great example of this is Sarah Wodin-Schwartz’s Flying Forces card, which contains content that was delivered and modified over two terms. 


Entrepreneurial Mindset

In the Card Edit view, below this box are where you'll make your Entrepreneurial Mindset selections, which appear at the top right of the card under Mindset Matters.

When you check a Mindset box, an optional field opens up. This is a great way for you to provide details specific to your experiences as related to your card. It also helps faculty learn, understand, and adapt the card for their students. 

  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
  • Determine Design Requirements
  • Create Preliminary Business Model
  • Communicate Societal Benefits
  • General Engineering
  • Technical Communications
Who’s influenced your work? Have you incorporated any content from others, or collaborated with people?

If you'd like to acknowledge KEEN, use this language: "This was created through work with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. More content can be found at EngineeringUnleashed.com."

Otherwise, just add in one name/reference per line. The system will reorganize them into alphabetical order when you save the card.



Folders are where you can upload or link to all the supporting content you need to complete your card--lesson plans, handouts, pictures, videos, and more! Here, we've just linked to the Mentorship/Coaching web page as an example.
Do: Make sure the titles of your files are brief and descriptive versus a long video link name or raw data.
Do: Include examples of your students' artifacts.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Get an EM coach Other 1/19/2022 -
Use the Card Review Rubric alongside Cards 101 to help craft your card for your intended audience.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Rubric Assessment / Rubric 1/19/2022 -
The featured image is a great way to show what your card is about.
Do: Try to use clear, high-resolution imagery from the content you are publishing.
Do: If there are no pertinent images, browse through these royalty-free sites for photos.
Note: On Flickr Creative Commons, not all photos have the same license so check before you use/modify them.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Unsplash Other 11/29/2017 -
Pexels Other 11/29/2017 -
Flickr Creative Commons Other 11/29/2017 -
Burst by Shopify Other 11/29/2017 -
StockSnap Other 11/29/2017 -
Pixabay Other 1/29/2021 -