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Cards 101 How to Create Cards
Updated: 6/9/2023 2:53 PM by Becky Benishek
Reviewed: 10/13/2022 1:08 PM by Becky Benishek
Learn how to create a card from start to finish! Get tips and strategies for each section.

Create a card using this card as a guide! 

Prefer a page? Use the Card Author Guide instead.


What to expect from this card

  • We'll use the Description box (the one we're in right now) to include tips for this and other sections of a card.
  • Other tips will be contained in their own sections.

Before we begin

After you save your card for the first time, new sections will appear at the top: Author Notes, and Review.

  • Author Notes are for all authors and editors on your card to collaborate privately. These notes are not visible to the public.
  • The Review section is where you can submit your card for an informal peer review.
    • You can do this for draft or published cards. Reviews include this rubric.

TIP: Save early & often.


Let's begin

In a new tab, 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.

  • Do: Be descriptive, yet accurate, such as this title: "The Journey to the Top: Board Game to Instill Entrepreneurial Mindset"
  • Do: Avoid using internal course names/designations.
  • Do: Avoid single-term titles such as "Statics."



What would make you click to see your card?

Use this field to write a brief, catchy summary of your content. 

TIP: Think of how Google Search tells you at a glance which among the 1000s of results you want to click on first. 


(The box you're in right now.)

This expandable box comes with a Rich Text editor so you can add headings, lists, links, and more to make your content visually appealing and easily scannable.

Think about your audience as you write this card. You're sharing your work for other faculty to use and adapt. Include details and explanations someone else will need to teach your class, insert your activity, and so forth.

TIP: For best results, either:

  • Type in the Description box from scratch, or
  • Paste information only from a text editor like Notepad.

This will eliminate errant formatting that will show adversely when you (and others) view your card. 

Featured Image 

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

  • Do: Try to use your own imagery, such as diagrams or student projects.
  • Do: Aim for high-quality, clear pictures.
  • Rectangular photos that are wider than they are tall will work best.

Don't have a good photo? Engineering Unleashed provides a selection of stock photos. You'll also find a list of websites with royalty-free images in the folders below. 

Engineering Disciplines

Select up to 3 disciplines that best align with your content.

Or pick one of the 1-click options:

  • Does your card cover all the disciplines, including non-engineering? Choose “Comprehensive.”
  • Does your card cover all engineering disciplines - and only engineering disciplines? Choose “All Engineering Disciplines.”


Card Category

Select up to 2 categories to help convey the context your card can be used in.

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. 

Tags & Keywords

Tags supplement your card's other fields, plus can help people find your card in search.

Enter words and phrases that describe your content and approach, such as:

  • active learning
  • student engagement
  • statics
  • icebreakers



When you first create a card, add yourself as the author.

Then add any additional authors or editors you wish.

All authors will be able to edit the card, submit the card for review, and use the Author Notes section for private chat.

  • Authors will be listed on the card publicly.

All authors will be able to edit the card, submit the card for review, and use the Author Notes section for private chat.

  • Editors will not be listed on the card publicly.


Entrepreneurial Mindset

When you get to this section, select which concepts best fit your card from the three Cs - Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value.

Then use the additional fields beneath your selections to expand upon why you chose them. This is a great way for you to provide details specific to your experiences as related to your card.


Complementary Skillsets

Choose from among the Design, Opportunity, and Impact skillsets which concepts best fit your card.


Related Groups

Does your card align with a group on Engineering Unleashed? You can link it to that group in the Related Groups section.

You can add as many groups as you like for your card to be associated with.


Learning Objectives

Use this box to outline expected outcomes for both faculty and students. 

Tip: Arrange your objectives in a list format for easier scanning.

  • Typing from scratch? Create a bulleted or numbered list with the Rich Text formatting options.
  • Have an existing list? Paste it into a text file first to remove background formatting, then manually add back in the bullets or numbers with the Rich Text options.
Instructor Tips

Use this box to share lessons learned, best practices, and other information. Here are some ideas:

  • Share what didn't work. This honest insight is incredibly helpful for others to learn from.
  • Assign +, -, and Δ. By using these symbols, you can quickly convey to other faculty what worked, what didn’t, and what could be improved. 
    • Tip: Copy the Δ symbol from this card to paste into yours!
  • Add variations. Are there ways 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.
    • The Innovation Challenge cards created by Sri Condoor list variations to almost every challenge, including this Aesthetic Bridge challenge.
  • If you’ve delivered this content 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. 

You can also invite members to ask questions in the Discussion section at the bottom of the card. 

Tip: Arrange your objectives in a list format for easier scanning.

  • Typing from scratch? Create a bulleted or numbered list with the Rich Text formatting options.
  • Have an existing list? Paste it into a text file first to remove background formatting, then manually add back in the bullets or numbers with the Rich Text options.


  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
  • Determine Design Requirements
  • Create Preliminary Business Model
  • Communicate Societal Benefits
Categories & Tags
  • Engineering Unleashed Resources
  • how to
  • create a card
  • Comprehensive
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.



Upload or link to all the supporting content you need to complete your card--lesson plans, handouts, pictures, videos, student artifacts, and more!
**TIP: Make sure the titles are brief and descriptive.**
Title Type Ext Date Size Downloads
Card Author Guide Lesson 6/9/2023 -  
Use the Card Review Rubric alongside Cards 101 to help craft your card for your intended audience.
Title Type Ext Date Size Downloads
Card Review Rubric Assessment / Rubric 2/22/2023 -  
The featured image is a great way to show what your card is about.
Note: On Flickr Creative Commons, not all photos have the same license, so check before you use/modify them.
Title Type Ext Date Size Downloads
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 -