imc information multimedia communication AG


Innovation Labs
Scheer Tower
Uni-Campus Nord
66123 Saarbrücken

Contact Person: 

Nils Faltin


Partner Telephone: 

+49 681 94760

Partner Fax: 

+49 681 9476530

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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).

Showcase: ROLE Project and ROLE Widget Store

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.