CIT News - April 2018

LumiNUS & You

It is just a few weeks until the end of semester.

The LumiNUS team has been busy readying LumiNUS for the Beta launch in time for AY18/19.

When the Beta launches, academic staff will have a few decisions to make.

As announced previously, LumiNUS beta and IVLE will run concurrently during AY18/19. The two learning management systems are entirely separate, so it is likely that students and staff will have to engage with both LumiNUS and IVLE in the next academic year.

Despite the inconveniences and possible confusion, we thought it would be best to create a bedding-in period for LumiNUS.

Academic staff will have to decide if they want to use LumiNUS or IVLE for their modules for the coming two semesters. There are several factors that you will need to take into account when choosing a platform for each module. For example, your level of comfort with technology, your tolerance for bugs, class size, among others.

Two groups of academic staff will have additional decisions to make:

  • Web Lecture (webcast) users, and
  • Academic staff co-teaching modules.

New web Lectures (webcasts) will only be available in LumiNUS. If you record a new Web Lecture, your web lectures will be in LumiNUS. This is because we are moving to a new web lecture system in AY18/19. The system has only been integrated with LumiNUS. If you reuse an existing web lecture (recorded prior to AY18/19), they will be only in IVLE.

Academic staff who co-teach modules will have to decide collectively about which platform to use. We encourage you to choose either IVLE or LumiNUS rather than splitting the module between two platforms. (Recall that IVLE and LumiNUS are not connected.)

You may want to sign up for access to the Alpha. You can also read on and sign up for the LumiNUS online information sessions.

LumiNUS online information sessions

This month, we will begin fortnightly webinars to introduce LumiNUS to the NUS community.

The sessions for April will be held on:

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018 at 12 noon
  • Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 12 noon

During the information sessions, you will find out our plans for LumiNUS and IVLE and learn more about the new and improved features in LumiNUS.

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.

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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

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:-

  • Open source and hosted at NUS.
  • Unlike other chat apps, you need not share your phone numbers to use it.
  • Create course 'teams' for sharing messages, links and files.
  • Public channels, private groups, and 1-1 direct messages.
  • Can be accessed via the web, desktop, or mobile app.

To use TeamUp for your course, please access this service at
For non-teaching related use of TeamUp, please access this service at
If you need assistance on TeamUp, please access the TeamUp guide.

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:

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:

WebEx will expire on 31st March 2018.

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For more information on this service or other CIT services, please email to:


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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