What is LumiNUS?
LumiNUS is the evolution of IVLE, NUS' learning management system (LMS). IVLE has existed since 1999, almost 20 years.
In that time, NUS has grown and technologies have advanced. CIT needs to make sure that our LMS is able to cope with ever larger loads and keep up with changes in technology. So, our team has developed the new LMS from the ground up.
When visiting LumiNUS, you will notice that it looks very different from IVLE.
But the changes are more than skin-deep. The entire underlying architecture and database have been changed.
These changes are significant enough to warrant a new name. Hence, LumiNUS.
What does LumiNUS mean?
LumiNUS alludes to luminous, which is defined as giving off light, or bright and shining. We hope that we can work with academic staff to light students' educational path in NUS.
When does LumiNUS launch?
LumiNUS launches in alpha in January 2018.
We expect LumiNUS to launch in beta in July 2018. The beta period will last at least until July 2019.
What does alpha mean?
LumiNUS alpha is a preview of what to expect when LumiNUS launches. It does not have several features and should not be used for classes. You can take a look and try some of the features.
IVLE will run as per normal, and you should continue using IVLE for your modules.
What does beta mean?
LumiNUS beta means that you can start using LumiNUS for your modules/classes.
Some features may still be unavailable, but LumiNUS should be stable enough for actual use.
Despite that, we ask for your patience and understanding if things do go wrong.
What happens to IVLE?
IVLE will run concurrently with LumiNUS during the LumiNUS beta period.
However, development of IVLE will cease. IVLE development will be limited to critical security and bug fixes.
Once LumiNUS beta period is over, IVLE will go into read-only mode. Eventually, it will be shut down.
Are IVLE and LumiNUS connected?
No, IVLE and LumiNUS are not connected.
If you create a module and content in IVLE, they only exist in IVLE.
If you create a module and content in LumiNUS, they only exist in LumiNUS.
This is because they do not share a common database nor a common database structure.
Can I export my module and content from IVLE to LumiNUS?
Unfortunately, no. This is because IVLE and LumiNUS do not share a common database nor a common database structure.
Why have IVLE and LumiNUS run concurrently, if they are not connected?
We want to ease academic staff into LumiNUS, so we are running both concurrently to give you time to adapt to LumiNUS.
I want to use LumiNUS during beta, but some of the features are not available. What should I do?
We advise you to continue using IVLE until the feature is available in LumiNUS.
We do not encourage you to set up your module in both IVLE and LumiNUS. This will be confusing for you and your students.
I co-teach a module with other lecturers. How should we choose between IVLE and LumiNUS?
We encourage one module to be on one platform only. Initially, your choice might be limited to IVLE, if you need a particular feature which is not yet available in LumiNUS. However, if all the co-teachers agree, you can set up your module on LumiNUS instead.
How will students know if a module is on IVLE or LumiNUS?
Academic staff will have to inform students whether your module is on IVLE or LumiNUS.
This will only affect AY18/19 as IVLE is scheduled to go into read-only mode in AY19/20.
What is new in LumiNUS?
You can read about LumiNUS' features here.
What features will not be available in LumiNUS at beta launch?
Where can I get help with LumiNUS?
Staff Help Desk (NUSNET login required)
Student Help Desk (to be added)
Staff and students may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.