March 9, 2018

Students who don’t succeed struggle for a variety of different reasons. As educators, we owe it to them to understand why. And to see if there are specific problems that we can address.

Perhaps they’re first-generation college students who didn’t have anyone to teach them how to succeed in school. Maybe there are challenges at work or at home. Or they have a specific weakness, like memorization, that affects them in one class, but not all classes. Maybe they just lack confidence and give up on themsel...

August 25, 2017

California Community Colleges train their guidance counselors about disability etiquette and other professional issues using this online curriculum designed by Point Made Animation.

At the center of disability etiquette is respect. People with disabilities don’t want to be identified by their disability. No one wants to be lumped together in a group based on outward appearance or ability.

It’s impossible to get 100% agreement on this, but here are some widely accepted guidelines.

Individuals should not...

July 28, 2017

Students at California community colleges were having trouble finding classes they needed to complete transfer, degree, and certificate requirements. Existing classes conflicted with schedules or were already full. And it was delaying graduation. Enter the course exchange, a new option: find that course at one of the other California Community Colleges that participate in the new online Course Exchange. And they are launching it with this animated explainer video.

You can register for u...

March 9, 2017

Last month we presented two explainer videos on the growing usage of course exchanges, where multiple institutions pool resources in creating or extending online courses.[1] If online courses or programs breaks down the barriers of campus walls and enables anytime, anywhere education, then why not explore how collaboration can open up access and improve quality. While we tend to not write e-Literate about our consulting work through MindWires, in this case we have heard a general interest from other...

The Online Course Exchange, developed by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI), has recently been in the spotlight, with Fresno City College and Lake Tahoe Community College this month becoming the first to cross-enroll students into courses.

Coinciding with the launch, MindWires Consulting released a video, “Course Exchanges: The Intended Consequences,” that concisely explains not only the course exchange, but the entire OEI program.

As the third in a series explori...

Can animated explainer video work for education marketing?

January 31, 2017

I can't imagine a better after-hours event. A roof-top deck with this phenomenal view thanks to our host, Russell Tobin (That's the Chrysler Building!) Free wine, beer and refreshments, thanks to our co-sponsor, the Presentation Guild. Meet presentation experts like yourself, and hear from some great speakers including Nolan Haims, Ellen Finkelstein, and P-Spice.

Presenters Network

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 

6:30 PM

Russell Tobin Rooftop

30th Floor

420 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 101...

July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 

6:30 PM

Russell Tobin Rooftop

30th Floor

420 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10170

The 2016 gathering of PowerPoint and presentation professionals is just a couple of weeks away. There has never been a better opportunity on the East Coast to hear the country's top presentation experts and meet them in person. All while enjoying wine and beer on a fabulous rooftop lounge in midtown Manhattan.

Here's the lineup:

  • Nolan Haims will speak on Office 365 and the latest game...

June 20, 2016

In a rare New York City appearance, expert presentation trainer Ellen Finkelstein will join a distinguished panel of speakers at the Presenters Network on July 19. She will be discussing how to use slides for webinars.

Ellen Finkelstein is an expert trainer on using PowerPoint and presentation skills to communicate clearly and powerfully.  She is a PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional, a Microsoft award), one of only 13 in the United States. Her well-known website at o...

June 15, 2016

A couple of years ago a group of presentation professionals decided it was time to establish an association for the whole presentation industry.  Something accessible, but professional. Something that would raise the public consciousness about hiring truly skilled presentation designers. A non-profit group without individual agendas. And a group that would support that industry with training, community, advice, and everything else needed to advance the profession in the eyes of the larger industries....

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