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Luminis Announcement FAQ

What was the Important message from ITS about Luminis?

Dear Faculty

At this time we must inform all of you that Luminis will not be available for the Fall 2017 semester.  The current version of Luminis and our hardware will not allow us to provide a secure connection with the latest browsers.

Instructors and others will still be able to login to download any course or group materials posted previously to Luminis.   However, after August 17 you will receive a warning when logging into Luminis. For Fall 2017 all instructors should use the Moodle learning management system.

We do have alternative systems in place for courses, groups and targeted announcements  Please use the Connect system to send email to your undergraduate course members.  For those that need to send group and targeted announcements, instruction will be made available.

Please contact our Help Desk, helpdesk@ramapo.edu, if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Is My Ramapo/Luminis really going away?

Yes, for Fall 2017 all instructors should use Moodle learning management system. Luminis is going away.  Instructors and others will still be able to login to download any course materials or group materials. However, after August 17 you will receive a warning when logging into Luminis. The warning message will state that the connection is not secure. You will need to click the “Advanced” button, and then click the “Add Exception” button. Please click on the button “Confirm Security Exception” to accept.  Then you will be able to log into Luminis.

How will I do the things I used to do in My Ramapo/Luminis?

Alternative systems are in place for courses, groups and targeted announcements. See FAQs below.

How will I get my course or group materials out of My Ramapo/Luminis?

If you already have your files on your computer, you do not need to download them from Luminis, and you can proceed uploading them into Moodle. If you do need to download your files from Luminis be aware that, you will receive a warning when logging into Luminis. The warning message will state that the connection is not secure. It may also state that your computer clock is incorrect. You will need to click the “Advanced” button, and then click the “Add Exception” button. Please click on the button “Confirm Security Exception” to accept.  Then you will be able to log into Luminis.

You can go to the Luminis course page and right click on the file, and select “Save Link As” from the menu that pops up.  The file will download to your computer’s download folder. If you need assistance, watch this tutorial, or stop by the Instructional Design Center in ASB-020 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

How will instructors post course materials such as syllabus, other files or web links?

Moodle can do all these basic features. Additionally, Moodle has more advanced features, but you can stick with just the basic features if that is all you need. Visit the quick-start Moodle tutorials to watch video tutorials on these topics. For assistance in person, contact or stop by the Instructional Design Center in ASB-020, 201-684-7103.

How can instructors get help learning Moodle?

To learn how to use Moodle, there are several options.
1. You can attend the Instructional Design Center’s “Get Started with Moodle” workshops on Sept. 14, or Sept. 21 at 1pm in ASB-020. Register for Workshops.
2. Quick-start Moodle Tutorials for new users are recorded and available on the IDC web site 24/7.
3. For individual assistance in person, contact the Instructional Design Center at 201-684-7103 to arrange for an individual training session. Or, skilled student aides are available for walk-ins for most hours at the Instructional Design Center room ASB-020.

How will instructors email students enrolled in their courses?

There are three options to email students:

  1. Use Moodle Quickmail. Watch the video tutorial on Emailing Your Students Through Moodle .For assistance contact or stop by the Instructional Design Center in ASB-020, 201-684-7103
  2. Use Web for Faculty – See the guide for how to Access Your Students’ Email Lists by Class Using Web for Faculty.
  3. Use Connect – See the Guide for Mass Messaging Students. For questions email connect@ramapo.edu
How will conveners email students in their majors and minors?

Conveners should use Connect. See the Connect Guide for Mass Messaging Students.  For questions email connect@ramapo.edu

How will graduate program directors email students in their programs?

You will be using the standard email system. You will be receiving more information and training.

How will deans email students in their schools?

Deans should use Connect. See the Connect Guide for Mass Messaging Students. For questions email connect@ramapo.edu

If I am responsible for sending official broadcast targeted announcements to student populations, how will I do that?

You should use Connect. See the Connect Guide for Mass Messaging Students.  For questions email connect@ramapo.edu

If I am responsible for sending official broadcast targeted announcements to faculty or staff populations, how will I do that?

You will be using the standard email system. You will be receiving more information and training.

I used the My Ramapo/Luminis Groups feature for communicating with committees or other groups, what will replace that?

G Suite contains the following components that support similar functionality available at https://g.ramapo.edu

  • Google Drive for sharing multiple files or folders – attend the workshop Nov. 16 at 1pm in ASB-020.
  • Google Docs for collaborating on or sharing a single file
  • Gmail for setting up and emailing groups
  • Google Calendar for shared calendars
  • Google Sites for integrating these features into a web site

If you need assistance, stop by the Instructional Design Center in ASB-020 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.