Author Archives: Kenneth PINTO

About Kenneth PINTO

Lead Educational Technologist, NUS Centre for Instructional Technology

LumiNUS Alpha is here

NUS students and staff are familiar with IVLE, which has been a part of campus life since 1999. Soon, this will change. A new learning management system (LMS), LumiNUS, will be launched.

Over the course of the next two years, LumiNUS will become the place for teaching and learning online in NUS. This will be a significant change for the entire campus community. As such, CIT has phased the LumiNUS rollout over several semesters.

Why a new LMS?

IVLE has been indispensable to thousands of students and staff over the years, but it has grown long in the tooth. To support teaching and learning effectively, CIT has had to redesign the LMS from the ground up. Unlike previous IVLE upgrades and refreshes, this one is a clean break from the past.

Why LumiNUS?

While the tools look familiar, LumiNUS is significantly different from IVLE. This necessitated a new name. LumiNUS alludes to luminous, which is defined as giving off light, or bright and shining. We hope that LumiNUS helps to light students' educational path in NUS.


  • AY 17/18 S2: LumiNUS Alpha.
  • AY 18/19: LumiNUS Beta, IVLE runs concurrently.
  • AY 19/20: LumiNUS, IVLE becomes read-only.
  • Date to be determined: IVLE taken offline.

What to expect?

Currently, LumiNUS is in closed Alpha. This is meant as a preview of what to expect once LumiNUS becomes available. The Alpha is limited to staff and students who have signed up. It is not meant for actual teaching and learning use. There may be a second Alpha phase, which will expand access to the wider NUS community.

In the coming months, you can expect face-to-face and online seminars which will introduce you to LumiNUS. Monthly updates will go deeper into some of the new and improved features in LumiNUS. We are also working on a series of workshops.

When LumiNUS launches in Beta, before AY 18/19, academic staff will have to choose whether to use IVLE for a while longer or to switch immediately to LumiNUS. In the coming months, we will provide more details so that you can make an informed choice. Barring unforeseen circumstances, everyone will be on board LumiNUS before the start of AY 19/20.

Further information

You can find more details about and explore what's new in LumiNUS. These pages will be updated as new information becomes available.

You can also sign up as an Alpha user.

Centre for Instructional Technology

Designing Blended Learning Environments that Engage Students

CIT is collaborating with the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) for a second run of its blended learning course - Designing Blended Learning Environments that Engage Students.

Six session are planned between 28 Sep to 16 Nov.

The course aims to enable participants to:

  • adopt an evidence-based approach towards designing and developing a module for blended learning.
  • identify appropriate educational technologies to be adopted for the module.
  • design and develop appropriate learning resources and learning activities for online sessions.
  • design and develop appropriate learning activities and tasks for face-to-face sessions.
  • reflect upon their experiences while participating as learners in the course.

Find out more here.

Register for the course today!


As announced in February, Turnitin's similarity report will transition to a new interface.

The new interface - Feedback Studio - was enabled during recess week of AY16/17 Sem 2.

Since then, users have been able to toggle between Feedback Studio and Classic view.

On Tue 1 August, all users will be moved to Feedback Studio. Classic view will be disabled.

Turnitin's Instructor Guides contain videos, how-to guides, and quick tips to help educators get up and running with Feedback Studio in minutes.

The assignment creation workflow remains the same.


Turnitin is hosting a webcast about Feedback Studio on Tue 25 July at 1000 hrs (Singapore time).

Sign up for the webcast to find out more about Feedback Studio from Turnitin.

Dear NUS Students,

Student Technology Survey 2017

The Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) at the National University of Singapore seeks your support to participate in an international survey that explores the technology ownership, usage patterns and student expectations as they relate to the students' experience in the use of technology to support teaching and learning.

Your participation will allow NUS to pro-actively plan and meet students' expectations in the use of IT for teaching and learning. Your responses will be anonymous and completely confidential. This survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.

CIT thanks you in advance for your time in taking this survey.

If you need further information or require clarification about this survey, please email ECAR Survey2017 at

For an independent opinion regarding the research and the rights of the research participants, you may contact a staff member of the National University of Singapore Institutional Review Board (Attn: Dr. Chan Tuck Wai, at telephone 6516 1234 or email at

Please click 2017 Student Technology Survey to start.

Thank you,
Centre for Instructional Technology
National University of Singapore

Dr. Ann Rogerson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, will discuss how to interpret a Turnitin Similarity Report.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
Time: 0900 hrs to 0940 hrs (Singapore time)
Cost: Nil
Duration: 30 mins plus 10 mins Q and A

About the presenter

Ann sits on the committee for academic integrity at her University and is recognized on campus as a Turnitin subject matter expert. She believes passionately in teaching and developing critical thinking and writing skills, and as a teacher of organizational behaviour and leadership, Ann deeply understands the importance of integrity and feedback in the real world. To meet these ends, she sees Turnitin as a useful teaching tool.

Register here.

Note: This webinar is organised by Turnitin.