Nicholls CAFÉ

Center for Advancing Faculty Engagement

CAFE’ is committed to providing our faculty and staff with professional development opportunities that enhance their work both in and out of the classroom.  We present topics covering almost all areas in higher education including academic advising, best practices in the classroom, student life, assessment, general education, special student populations, retention, student success, and many more.

Have an idea for a workshop or speaker in the coming academic year? Want to propose a session of your own? Please submit your proposal for a CAFE or SAM workshop by clicking here.

Your comments and feedback are welcome, please e-mail

CAFE/SAM contact number: 985-448-4113

Summer 2020

Hyflex Boot Camp 

This Hyflex Bootcamp is a one-week virtual professional development compressed from the full three week Hyflex professional development that ended last Friday. If you were unable to attend the full Hyflex training, this bootcamp will prepare you to use tools and techniques for teaching with Hyflex in the fall semester. Basic to advanced tools will include Google Tools, screencasting, using Zoom, Moodle and classroom technologies and tools available for Hyflex.

Click here to sign up for Hyflex Boot Camp


CAFE Workshops:

In addition to the Summer 2020 Hybrid/Hyflex PD, CAFE is offering the following workshops:


Student Services and Students in Distress:  Ms. Adrienne Naquin-Bolton will present an overview of the virtual and on-campus services available through the Student Serviced division and review how to refer a distressed student. 

Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 am.

Zoom link available in the CAFE Moodle page course calendar.  Sessions will be recorded and available to viewers if you cannot join us live.


Information Literacy for Higher Education: Rob Stephens from Ellender Library will present on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  These Frames represent a drastic shift in thinking about the way we teach information literacy in the classroom, focusing on guiding students to understand conceptual frameworks rather than teaching students a limited number of skills that may be useful in college, but less-so beyond that.
This workshop will serve to introduce the Frames to our faculty, to discuss how they can implement them in their pedagogy, and to discuss a series of information literacy classes that the library is offering in the fall.

Friday, July 31st at 1:00 pm.

Zoom link available in the CAFE Moodle page course calendar.  Sessions will be recorded and available to viewers if you cannot join us live.


Summer 2020 Hybrid/Hyflex Professional Development Workshop Series

Registration has closed for the Summer 2020 Professional Development Workshop Series.

Dates: July 6 through July 24
Location: Mostly asynchronous using Moodle with live sessions throughout each week offered through Zoom (recordings will be available).
Major topics include:
  • What is hyflex/hybrid?
  • Hyflex/Hybrid approaches
  • Nicholls classroom technology setup for hyflex/hybrid
  • Using the tools for hyflex/hybrid
  • Designing your hyflex/hybrid courses
  • Engaging with students (where ever they are) using hyflex/hybrid
  • Assessment techniques


SAM Advisor Certification Credits through ULS Bridging the Divide Summer Series

The CAFE is extending credit for SAM Advisor Certification for select courses completed through the ULS Bridging the Divide Summer Series.  For every approved course completed, you will be able to earn one credit towards achieving SAM Advisor Certification or earning a higher level of certification.

Please reference the list of approved courses by clicking here.

Please visit our Online Course Design page for assistance with transitioning your courses to online instruction in compliance with the university’s emergency response to the COVID-19 virus.

Workshops that count towards SAM Advisor Certification are designated with .  Workshops that cover topics related to General Education are designated with