IMC is a privately owned company established in 1997. In terms of size and revenue, IMC is today Europe’s largest learning management solution provider with the most comprehensive portfolio of e-learning-related products and services. With its products, the Learning and Talent Management System CLIX, the tools for authoring and content recording, and the Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) LIVECONTEXT, IMC offers its clients a wide range of solutions for all business processes in training and education. Also, IMC provides professional services covering the whole value chain of content design and production as well as consulting and managed learning services helping clients to (re)organize their learning processes and to select, implement, adapt and integrate suitable software systems and technologies.
Together with its national and international partners, IMC investigates new trends in learning technologies and creates prototypes of new learning software. IMC works on new learning, social and mobile technologies together with many other research parties and has rich experience of participation in and managing of national and international research projects, starting with activities in PROLEARN (Network of Excellence in Professional Learning), PROLIX (PRocess-Oriented Learning and Information eXchange), PROWIT (Process Collaboration Platform), ROLE (Responsive Open Learning Environments), MIRROR (Reflective Learning at Work), Software-Cluster, and many others.
In Go-Lab, IMC is responsible for the Dissemination and Exploitation work (WP9) and is involved in the development of the Users Communities (WP6) and Go-Lab Technical Infrastructure (WP4).
Responsive Open Learning Environments (ROLE) is a European collaborative project with 16 internationally renowned research groups from six EU countries and China. ROLE technology is centred on the concept of self-regulated learning supporting (lifelong) learners in constructing their Personal Learning Environments according to their learning goals, experiences, and preferences. ROLE provides a psycho-pedagogically sound framework for supporting individual composition of learning services and learning tools and resources and allowing users to plan their learning process, search for the resources independently, learn and then reflect on their learning process and progress. ROLE aims at empowering each user to generate new tools and functions according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience.
In the ROLE Project, IMC AG developed (among other tools) the ROLE Widget Store providing a repository for education related applications (widgets) to create flexible Personal Learning Environments based on open technologies. This includes a wide range of tools, support in finding applications for a specific learning goal (e.g. by a community, automatic recommenders, and predefined compilations of applications), as well as simple mechanism to add widgets to a PLE. Widgets allow flexible mash ups by providing, on the one hand, a small set of functionalities and on the other hand, the possibility to communicate with other widgets. [D. Dahrendorf, D. Dikke, N. Faltin (2012): Sharing Personal Learning Environments for Widget Based Systems using a Widget Marketplace]
The ROLE Widget Store contains more than 100 learning applications, as well as several predefined sets of applications (so called widget bundles) that can be directly added to the user’s learning environment. Both W3C and OpenSocial specifications are supported; the widgets can be added to various CMS, PLEs and LMS, such as Moodle, Liferay, CLIX, Graasp, and Sandbox. Comprehensive search and recommendation functionalities, such as filtering by categories and learning domains, as well as a mash-up recommender are available. This allows users to easily select learning applications to support their particular learning goals and to make the learning process more individualised in terms of tools and content, as well as more motivating and efficient.