Vegan Halloween Recipes

vegan heaven

17 Delicious and Spooky Vegan Halloween Recipes

I wanted some inspiration for some Halloween treats, came across this page and I am going to have to try a few of these recipes. The pumpkin pie smoothie and the bloody cups are first on that list.  Enjoy!


Helpful tips to improve your teaching

The Chronicle

3 tips to gets minds working before class begins:

1) Get Chatty – Speak with 1 or 2 individual students, keep conversations simple/brief.

2) Display the framework – Add agenda to the board to remind the students of the framework of the material.

3) Create Wonder – post an image or an item and ask 2 questions about it, What do you notice? What do you wonder? Starts discussions and activate students’ prior knowledge.

To view the short video where I got these tips and also read the article ‘Small Changes in Teaching: The Minutes Before Class’ check out the link below.

3 Tips for the Minutes before class




Identify Dyslexia


Red Flags to help identify Dyslexia

Yesterday I posted my equity statement, that I created for my INTE 6750 course, about my struggles with dyslexia and how I don’t feel there was a structure of equity in the education I received growing up.  I tend to hide my struggles with reading and comprehending the content of what I read. Though it feels like this semester, I am struggling more than normal. I have a lot going on at work, reading assignments and projects for my current course, and creating my basecamp portfolio submission for graduation so I’m not able to focus on any one thing. I try reading an article for my class but as I’m reading my mind is wondering to the projects and issues going on in my work. When I’m trying to focus on work, I keep thinking about how I’m not doing enough for my class, which stresses me out. I’m not performing as well as I would have like in this class and I’m fearful that I won’t finish the course with a satisfactory grade to complete my degree.  I’m trying to push through, but some days I really just want to quit.

Use Case of how adaptive learning is being used in teaching

Case Studies highlight adaptive Learning outcomes (Links to an external site.)

MyFinanceLab  (University of Texas at Arlington)

This article discusses case studies released by Pearson in Nov. 2015 that focused on student engagement, active learning/adaptive learning, the flipped classroom model and a fully online model featuring educators from 2 and 4 year higher education institutions.

For this discussion I focused on the use case using MyFinanceLab from the University of Texas at Arlington, submitted by Assistant Professor John Adams.  Professor Adams used a flipped classroom model so his students could utilize MyFinanceLab and its Dynamic Study Modules outside of the classroom and the Learning Catalytics for in-class learning.  The use of these tools changed the dynamic of his classroom.

Key takeaways:

  • Using the tools allow the educator to continuously asses the learners performance
  • Using the tools promoted more interaction and more fun, in-class time was more enjoyable
  • Students demonstrated a better understanding of the material
  • Students earned higher average exam and final course grades

The article only touched on the case studies, but supplied the full study for further review, which is where I went to read the whole case study on MyFinanceLab, pages 35-38 – Complete compilation of Business, IT and Career educator case studies – Nov. 2015

Alternative meat options

Beyond Meat

As someone that eats a plant-based, vegan diet I tend to stay away from processed food. I have vegan friends that love beyond meet and they have encouraged me to try it.

We I finally did. I tried the hot Italian sausage. I did enjoy this with a nice plate of spaghetti.  I don’t think I will eat this meat options on a regular basis, but for a once in a while thing, I will definitely be trying the other options.

Equity Statement

Learning styles make the difference for how people learn and retain information. I am a hands on type learner. I need to be able to take action and learn by doing. Reading books or research papers are not that helpful to me. The words become jumbled and I quickly lose focus. I have to re-read things several times before it starts to make sense. This is very frustrating to me. I want to learn new things, I want to be able to understand the information but there is this struggle that at times makes me want to stop trying to learn. Thankfully, there are other methods of presenting information that helps to add to my understanding. Videos or audio files remove the reading barrier that I have and I can focus on the content much better than if I was simply reading about it. Keeping a learners learning style in mine is important to help provide information for all.

Even with my struggles, I do have a love for reading. If the reading is simply for me, then there is no pressure for me to remember and relay the information back to others. If there are parts that are confusing I can skip over them and move on. If I could have one super power, it would be to speed read and retain everything I read.

Below is an equity statement I put together and part of my E-Learning Trends course.

Equity Statement – learning styles – INTE6750


Food Studies

The Atlantic

Superfoods Are a Marketing Ploy

Every food producer wants to expand the sales of their product, so they market their product to do that. Health statements and claims add to increased sells so they will fund research to support their products having more of a health benefit than just in general.

As a person that eats a plant-based diet, I can feel the difference that natural, whole foods have on my body. This is why I eat the fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts that I do. I don’t focus on food studies or research, I listen to my body because that is what matters in the end.


LearnUpon – ADDIE 5-Steps

LearnUpon - ADDIE image

I think this is a good approach to explaining ADDIE:
ADDIE: 5 steps to build effective training programs


My post from the Core Models in the field discussion in my E-Learning Trends course:

I find myself always going back to the ADDIE model. It’s the one that works best for me. I am in a different field than most in this program and I find ADDIE model fits in with what I do, maybe not so much on how I would present a training of what I do but with how I tackle my day to day issues. As a degree audit encoder there are multiple way of accomplishing the same output within a degree audit, some are better suited than others. I have a tendency to think back to the ADDIE model and Analyze specific requirements that need to be addressed. I then Design what the outcome should look like and how it should process. I Develop the encoding to incorporate the components needed to accomplish the processing and I Implement the update/change based on my design. I Evaluate the success or failure of the change/update and then if it is not what I expected as an outcome, then I will go back to the step that makes the most sense for the outcome.  If end result on the audit not at all as I expect I may go all the way back to the beginning and re-analyze the issue. If the majority of what I expected is there, then I may just go back to Development and may a small adjustment.

Save an Elephant



Matavita Necklaces – Save an Elephant

I came across this site where the organization finds and removes brutal wire traps meant to kill elephants. They then turn these horrible things into beautiful jewelry. I recently got the necklace I purchased and love wearing it. Elephants have always been one of my favorite animals and I can only hope this organization can continue saving these animals from the cruelty of these traps.