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.
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.
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.
You can also sign up as an Alpha user.
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|TeamUp for Staff and Students|
TeamUp is a collaboration and communication tool that allows you to chat, exchange messages, links and files with members in your teams. Public channels, private groups, and 1-1 private messages can be used to keep conversations relevant. Messages, chats and threaded discussions can coexist anytime in TeamUp and all replies to messages are threaded so that communication can easily be followed. For large teams, you can set up smaller private groups. Communication can be anytime and anywhere. TeamUp can be accessed via the web, and desktop and mobile apps exist for most platforms. The key features for TeamUp:-
To use TeamUp for your course, please access this service at https://teamupstu.nus.edu.sg.
|Digital Assessments with ExamSoft|
You can now conduct your continuous assessments, small and high-stakes examinations online using a service provided by CIT called ExamSoft.
ExamSoft enables NUS staff to conduct DIY (do-it-yourself) proctored digital assessments on students' own notebooks inside an open or closed-book secure environment. The students' familiarity with their own devices allows them to concentrate on the assessment rather than the mode of assessment.
ExamSoft manages all aspects of the assessment (delivery, attempt and submission of answer scripts) ensuring security and integrity are maintained throughout the duration of the assessment. At the highest security level, this includes blocking access to external programs, local files and internet during the duration of the digital assessments. NUS staff can choose to receive detailed student performance analytics once the assessment is completed.
To get more information on Digital Assessments, kindly refer to: https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/DA/Staff.
|Zoom for Web Conferencing|
CIT will be replacing its web conferencing software called WebEx with Zoom.
Zoom is a web conferencing tool that unifies video conferencing, online meetings, and collaboration in an easy to use platform. Zoom's extensive features, compatibility with desktop and mobile devices and boardroom conferencing systems allow participants to have a rich web conferencing experience with both NUS and external users.
Zoom allows you to conduct online meetings and trainings with high definition (HD) video and audio and a full suite of collaboration tools, screen sharing features and breakout rooms.
If you intend to schedule regular remote meetings, conferencing sessions, virtual classrooms or training webinars, then Zoom can meet your needs. For more information on this service, please refer to this link: https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/cit/Zoom.
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CIT will be organizing workshops on ‘How to run Digital Assessments using ExamSoft’ for continuous assessments and examinations.
To better understand the NUS Digital Assessments environment, please visit cit.nus.edu.sg/digital-assessments/.
For interested parties, please register for the workshop sessions at https://goo.gl/CKdQts.
CIT will be organizing a seminar on using Panopto to support the creation of blended learning courses and flipped classroom materials. Panopto can be used to record, manage, edit and share video files.
An overview of this seminar and how to register can be accessed at Panopto Seminar Registration.