The students sat in neat rows facing their computers.

Unlike a computer laboratory with the click-clack of keyboards, all was silent.

The digital clock struck 10, and the e-examination began.

In January 2016, the Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) and Computer Centre (CCE) facilitated a high-stakes e-exam at MD 1.

About 300 medical students sat for this e-exam, the main MBBS examination.

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The Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE) is undergoing a major revamp. The new interface is already available if you want to use it. While the new IVLE looks very different, the majority of the functions have been retained.

New users should find their initial experience of IVLE less daunting. Existing users will probably need to get used to the interface, but CIT is confident that the new IVLE offers a more streamlined experience while retaining the many features that has made it indispensable in NUS.

New features

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questionSMS is an opt-in classroom response service that enables you to receive questions, feedback and responses to questions during your lectures and seminars on a web browser. This is done without interrupting the flow of your lecture or presentation.

Students may send their responses via an SMS or through the web interface at http://qsms.nus.edu.sg/post.aspx

New features

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Many people in the NUS community are familiar with Turnitin, the plagiarism prevention tool for the undergraduate classroom.

NUS has added iThenticate to its plagiarism prevention portfolio. This plagiarism prevention tool, by the makers of Turnitin, is targeted at scholarly and professional plagiarism.

iThenticate enables academics, researchers and postgraduate students to check their own work. Unlike Turnitin, the submitted work is not added to a student database. This means that your submitted work does not become a source that other users' submissions are checked against.

Turnitin will remain for staff to check on students' work in a classroom situation. Unlike iThenticate, Turnitin also has additional features such as PeerMark.

The differences between iThenticate and Turnitin are summarised in the table below.

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arts-and-science-recording-roomsCIT has partnered with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences to develop Self-Recording Rooms at the respective Faculties.

The rooms allow teaching staff to produce PC-based recordings in a well-lit environment which is sound-damped. The rooms are also equipped with interactive pen displays and coloured curtains which allow for simple replacement of the recording background.

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