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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 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.

Where can I access LumiNUS?

You can log in to LumiNUS using your NUSNET ID and password at

When does LumiNUS launch?

LumiNUS is currently in Beta.

The Beta period will last at least until August 2019.

The schedule is shown below.

AY17/18 S2AY 18/19AY 19/20
LumiNUSAlphaBetaFully operational
IVLEFully operationalFully operationalStaff-only mode
(Sun 4 Aug)

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.

LumiNUS and IVLE

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.

IVLE will go into staff-only mode on Sunday 4 August. At a later date, IVLE will be shut down.

It will be available for at least one academic year but probably more.

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?

There will be limited migration of material from IVLE to LumiNUS.

Are there any tools in IVLE that will not be available in LumiNUS?

Guest Accounts (gst)

Starting from 9th July 2019, LumiNUS no longer issue and support guest (gst) accounts. Staff can add non-NUS users via the non-NUS users' email address. The non-NUS users can then log in to LumiNUS via their social media account (if these are linked to their email address) or they will create an account just for logging in to LumiNUS.

Below is the impact:

We have sent emails to the affected accounts.

Note that there is no change to NUS users logging in using the NUS credentials.


Project tool will not be available in LumiNUS. It will be replaced by Class & Groups, Files, Consultation and Evaluation. Evaluation is a work in progress and will only be ready in AY 19/20 S2.

You may use TEAMMATES as an alternative: It is a free tool developed at the NUS School of Computing.

Gradebook export to IMMS

Direct export of grades from LumiNUS to IMMS is currently not available.

This feature is dependent on NUS IT to change the IMMS pages such that it can import from LumiNUS.

Direct export to IMMS should be ready by the mark entry of AY 19/20 semester 1 (after recess week - early Oct 2019).

In the meantime, you can export marks to a spreadsheet, then import the spreadsheet to IMMS.

When the integration is built, unlike the "Export to IMMS" in IVLE, there will no longer have "Export to IMMS" in LumiNUS. You can simply go to IMMS and do an import from LumiNUS.


Participation will not be available in LumiNUS as the usage was low in IVLE.


The feature in "Analytics" tab is a work in progress. You can export results to excel instead.

Course Distribution List

Faculty administrators can login into EduRec after Sep 2019 and send email in the course DL. For now, you can continue to use the IVLE Course DL to send email to students till 30th Sep 2019.

Year Book

Since the student roster for the past modules will be retained for 1 academic year in LumiNUS, lecturers still can email to their past students should there be a need to send assessment feedback to their students.
Faculty administrators can login into EduRec after Sep 2019 and send email in the module DL. For now, you can continue to use the IVLE Year Book to send email to students till 30th Sep 2019.

Students Modules Taken

As advised by EduRec, you can access EduRec report to get student past modules taken. The navigation within EduRec is:
NUS Custom Reports > Academic Records & Awards > Student Academic Record.

You will have to create your own run control id, run the report by individual student ID.

Questions relevant to AY 18/19 only

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.

The comfort level for a beta product will differ from person to person, so we have decided that both should be available while we polish LumiNUS up for actual launch.

Running both concurrently also allows LumiNUS to gradually deal with actual-use load.

Choosing between LumiNUS or IVLE?

We encourage you to choose either LumiNUS or IVLE for each module.

  1. If you record new Web Lectures (webcasts), you must use LumiNUS for Web Lectures as the Web Lecture system is only in LumiNUS. Please refer to the Web Lecture FAQ for more details.
  2. If you use the Project tool, it is only available in IVLE. There is no Project tool in LumiNUS. However, Evaluation tool is currently in development for LumiNUS.
  3. Are you co-teaching the module? Have a discussion with your co-teachers about where to host your module.
  4. How comfortable are you (and your students) with new technology?
  5. Is your tolerance of bugs low or high?
  6. What is your class size? If it is small, you might considering using LumiNUS.
  7. Is your use of IVLE mostly passive (e.g. announcements, distributing lecture material, collecting assignments) or does it involve grading (e.g. online quizzes, forum participation marks etc.)? If you use IVLE in a mostly passive manner, you may consider switching to LumiNUS.

We do not encourage you to host one module on both LumiNUS and IVLE. However, in some situations, it may be inevitable. Please read a possible scenario suggesting how to resolve these situations.

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. We discourage setting up the module on both LumiNUS and IVLE.

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 AY 18/19 as IVLE is scheduled to go into staff-only mode in AY 19/20.

Are there any tools in LumiNUS that will not be available in IVLE?

Web Lecture Recording

New Web Lectures (or webcasts) are not in IVLE as of the start of AY 18/19. New Web Lecture recording will only be available in LumiNUS.

This is because we are moving to a new Web Lecture system, which has been integrated into LumiNUS but not IVLE.

Academic staff who want to use Web Lectures should use LumiNUS for their modules.

For those use Web Lectures who are not ready to move to LumiNUS, you will need to:

  • Create a module in LumiNUS and IVLE.
  • Set up your module in IVLE as per normal.
  • Set up your module in LumiNUS, hiding all the tools except Web Lecture.
  • Apply for Web Lecture as per normal.
  • In IVLE, create weblink(s) to your module's Web Lectures in LumiNUS.

That said, we encourage Web Lecture users to stick to using one platform - LumiNUS.

For more details, please visit our web lecture FAQ.

LumiNUS features

What is new in LumiNUS?

You can read about LumiNUS' features here.

Where can I get help with LumiNUS?

You can report a bug, ask a question or make suggestions at:

NUSNET login required for the Help Desks.

Staff and students may also email

User Guides

Online information sessions and roadshows

From April 2018, CIT has been holding webinars to introduce LumiNUS to the NUS community. Please refer to the webinars page for details.

During AY 18/19 Sem 2, CIT will also conduct roadshows at the schools and faculties.


CDTL has organised training sessions for LumiNUS in March, May and July.

Online and face-to-face consultation

Online and face-to-face consultations will begin during the vacation.