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Cards 101 How to Create Cards
Updated: 1/29/2021 8:59 AM by Becky Benishek

This card has been created to help you create cards! It is co-authored and updated regularly by the Engineering Unleashed Community Catalysts.

Please feel free to ask questions or request additions in the Discussion section at the bottom of the card. 

Simply put, cards are containers for content. This content could be a project, a module, a resource you've created, a series of courses, or a link (or series of links) that other engineering faculty should know about. There are many ways to organize information; it is up to you to decide how best to present your content.

  • Each section in this card contains tips on how to fill it in and use it for your own cards. You can get all these tips plus bonus strategies in the How to Create a Great Card document.

Let's get started. As you create your own card, you can have this card open in a separate tab. 

The first few items will be covered in this box; keep scrolling to reveal more throughout the card. 


Card Title

Use your title as a way to hook people into the great content you have inside your card. Be descriptive--but accurate, too. If your card created for a statics course was just labeled “Statics,” this doesn’t really tell the person what to expect.


Featured Image 

(In Edit mode, this appears on the right side of the card.)

Your card’s image is a valuable component that can capture interest and deliver visual cues as to its content. You'll find a list of websites with royalty-free images in the folders below. 

Featured image size: 360 x 200 px.

Aim for high-quality, non-blurry images, but also make sure the image accurately helps convey what your card is about.


Authors & Editors

(In Edit mode, these are on the right side of the card.)

The main difference between authors and editors is that only authors will appear publicly on the card after it is published. Editors remain behind the scenes.


Related Groups

(In Edit mode, this is on the right side of the card.)

Associate your card with any group or groups by entering the group name in the box. That card will then show up on the group's landing page. Your card must be published for it to appear, however.



(The box you're in right now.)

Here is where you want to tell the story of your project, course, lab, etc., so it's understandable and engaging to people who aren't you.

One way to get at this is to think about what would inspire you.

  • If this was the first time you came across a project, what things would you want to know most?
  • What makes you decide to teach a particular lesson?
  • Why are you recommending this lab to others?
  • What gets you excited about your presentation or workshop?
  • And what would get you to keep scrolling to read more and get the resources provided? 

Rich Text Formatting: Make your content visually appealing and readable with headers, bolding, and lists.

A word of caution about copying and pasting:

If you are pasting in content from another document, the formatting can get all messed up. We recommend first pasting in the content to a text file or similar document that will strip out the formatting for you. You can then add back in bullets, numbered lists, and links using the Rich Text formatting tool.



(In Edit mode, this box appears below the Description box.)

The Excerpt field says to "Write a concise summary of your card to make searching and scanning easier for readers," but what exactly does that mean?

The excerpt shows up in search results and helps people decide if your card is the one they want.

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?


Curious about what your card looks like so far? Save your draft and then click Preview. 



Let's keep going!

Learning Objectives

Note: This is not a required field, so you may choose to leave it blank.

  • Use a bulleted or numbered list. This helps the viewer quickly scan through what students or faculty will learn. 
  • Have an existing list? We recommend pasting your list first 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.
  • Expanded Mindset Outcomes. Authors of cards created prior to July 1, 2020, would list additions to the 3Cs in this box. Check out Heath LeBlanc’s Electric Circuits spark an entrepreneurial mindset card for an example. 

You can still use this box for your expanded 3Cs. We also encourage you to use the Mindset fields (in Edit mode, scroll past References): 

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. 

Instructor Tips

Note: This is not a required field, so you may choose to leave it blank.

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. 
  • 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!

Note 1: Use descriptive titles for both the folders and the file names. This makes it easy for the user to scan for files of interest.
Note 2: Do not forget to save and include examples of your students' artifacts and the assignment description files that were directly related to your card activities.

In the folder's Description box, describe the items you upload or link to in the folder so people know what to expect.

For example, here we've linked to the "How to Create a Great Card" document that we included in the Description field above. Duplicating is fine! In case someone misses a link or two in the other fields on the card, they'll still get what they need from the folders.

When you upload a file or paste in a link, often the Title field will remain the raw name of the file. You’ll want to change that so it’s more descriptive.

Then pick the most accurate Type of content you uploaded.
Title Type Ext Date Size
How to Create a Great Card Other 9/17/2020 -
Use the "Card Complete" rubric to make sure you've addressed and included the basics in your card!

You can also look at the Exemplar Card Rubric, which is used by the Community Catalysts in their peer review process.

Title Type Ext Date Size
Card Complete Rubric Assessment / Rubric .pdf 1/5/2021 454.4 KB
Exemplar Card Rubric Assessment / Rubric 1/5/2021 -
Watch this 6 minute video to learn the basics of card creation.
Title Type Ext Date Size
How to create a card Video .mp4 12/21/2017 123.3 MB
The featured image is a great resource that can separate your card from others. But where can you find high resolution, royalty free photos? Follow the links below to search the libraries at some great sites that are completely royalty free. And if you have a site that we don't list, please comment below and we'll add it to the list.

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 -
After conducting interviews with faculty across the network and reviewing curriculum that has been uploaded to previous forms, we realized one thing: faculty need a flexible container to store uploads and tell a story about them. So rather than having an overly complex system that leaves you frustrated with the process and leaves others still guessing about what you have uploaded, we created this card system that allows users to enter in very little information or a robust amount of information.
Title Type Ext Date Size
EngineeringUnleashed.com backstory Presentation 11/29/2017 -