Card Authoring

Template & Features

An Engineering Unleashed card is a template designed for you to share your class activities, labs, projects, surveys, and so much more with other faculty. Here's an overview of the fields, selections, and options you can use to polish and present your card.

Quick Tips

Have these considerations in mind as you build and refine your cards:

Write for your audience. 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.

Avoid internal jargon, acronyms, and course names. Don't obscure your great content with puzzling abbreviations or exclusive course titles.

What makes you click? When you're looking for content, what gets your attention? Consider using the same tactics as you create your card.

And don't hesitate to let your enjoyment and enthusiasm come through on your card!  

Basic Information

The first few sections of a card include the Title, Summary, Description, Featured image, Engineering Disciplines, Card Category, and Tags and Keywords.


Card Title 

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

  • Be descriptive, yet accurate
    • A title such as "The Journey to the Top: Board Game to Instill Entrepreneurial Mindset" conveys its content far more than just "Board Game" or "Entrepreneurial Mindset."
  • Avoid using internal course names/designations. "CBE 255" may make sense for your curriculum, but your audience won't immediately associate with it.


Summary 

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What would make you click to see your card? Use this field to write a brief, catchy summary of your content. 


Description

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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 scannable.

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

Engineering Unleashed provides a selection of stock photos. However, the best image you can use is one that is directly tied to your content. If you can use an actual image from your class or project, even better.

Rectangular photos that are wider than they are tall will work best.

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Engineering Disciplines

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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.”

Choosing the best disciplines for your card can help people find it in search - and use it! 


Card Category

What context does your card fit into most? Choose up to 2 categories to help focus your card for others.

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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?
  • 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. 

Choosing the best categories for your card can help people find it in search - and use your card for their context.


Tags and Keywords

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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

Tags have 'type-ahead". If the tag you're entering already exists in the system, it will appear for you to select.

Tags are case-sensitive. For example, if "Getting Started" as typed already exists in the system, typing "getting started" in your card's Tag box will update to "Getting Started."

You can delete your tags. Changed your mind about a tag, or misspelled one and need to enter it again? Simply click the X next to the existing tag on your card.


A further note on Disciplines and Tags

When you choose your Disciplines, you don't need to include the same keywords in your Tags. This is because both Disciplines and Tags are searchable items.

For example, if you selected "Engineering Education" as a Discipline, instead of also adding "engineering education" as a Tag, use the Tag field to add other aspects of your card instead.

Contributors

The next section includes Authors, Editors, References & Acknowledgments, and the Change Log.


Authors

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When you first create a card, add yourself as the author! Then add any additional authors 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. All authors will be listed on the card publicly.


Editors

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You can also add any editors you wish to your card. Like authors, editors can 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.


References & Acknowledgments

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Add citations, colleagues, links, and other acknowledgments, one per line.


Change Log

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This log records changes such as Created, Updated, and Published, and by whom.

Educational Outcomes

This section includes Learning Objectives, Instructor Tips, Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Complementary Skillsets.


Learning Objectives

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Use this box to list outcomes and objectives that someone using your content should be striving for.


Instructor Tips

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Share your best practices, pitfalls to watch out for, and other strategies and tips that will help someone else.


Entrepreneurial Mindset

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Select from the three Cs - Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value - the concepts that best fit your card. Then use the additional fields beneath your selections to expand upon why you chose them.


Complementary Skillsets

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

Attachments

This section includes Folders, Related Cards, and Related Groups.


Folders

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Upload presentations, lesson plans, activities, photos, and even short movie clips in the folders! You can also paste in links to other sources, such as books or websites. 

Folders are unlimited and expandable. If you have different groupings of content, such as research or activities, you can organize and present your resources in as many folders as you like.


Related Cards

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Does your card align with or reference other cards on Engineering Unleashed? Add that card in your Related Cards section! 

Start typing the title of the card in the Item Name field, and the system will search for and find the card for you.

Like the previous Folders, Related Cards folders are unlimited and expandable. If you have different sets of cards you want to reference, you can organize and present them in as many Related Cards sets as you like.


Related Groups

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Does your card align with or reference 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.

Additional Sections

After you save your card for the first time, two additional sections will appear for you to use.


Author Notes

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Author Notes sit at the very top of your card. All authors and editors of the card, as well as the community managers, will be able to use and see this section to send private messages. You will receive an email notification that an Author Note is waiting for you. 

Author Notes do not appear on the published view of the card, only within the Edit screen.


Review

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Opt in to send your card through the Engineering Unleashed peer review system! Card reviewers are trained to assess your card and give constructive feedback where needed. You can collaborate with them as you work on your card. All draft and published cards are eligible to be reviewed. 

All authors and editors on the card can choose to submit the card for review. The review is conducted within the card's Edit screen and visible only to the card's authors and editors, the reviewer, and the community managers.

You do not need a review before publishing your card.

Ready to author a card?