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Initiative Design-CT Successfully Concludes: Leaving a Legacy of Innovative Digital Education

The Design-CT Erasmus+ initiative, which embarked on the mission to redefine digital education in schools, proudly announces the successful culmination of its journey in July of this year. This remarkable initiative has not only achieved its objectives but has also left an indelible mark on the world of education, empowering educators, and enriching the learning experiences of students of all ages.

Saarbruecken, September 2023

The final consortium meeting convened at the imc headquarters in Saarbrücken, Germany, marked a poignant moment in the project's history. It was an occasion to celebrate the project's significant accomplishments, engage in reflective discourse on the path traveled, and formally conclude this transformative chapter.

 

Design-CT has been nothing short of revolutionary, providing educators with a comprehensive platform that amalgamates an extensive array of resources while fostering an environment that nurtures creativity. Through the provision of diverse digital tools, resources, and innovative teaching methodologies, this initiative seamlessly integrated technology into classrooms, elevating the learning experience for students across various age groups.

 

As the final meeting in Saarbrücken facilitated a collective reflection on the impact of Design-CT, participants candidly shared not only their successes but also the challenges they encountered. It was a moment of growth and learning, underlining the invaluable experiences gained during this pioneering journey.

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Rola Saygeh, research project manager at imc

Rola Sayegh, project lead and research project manager at imc, is very pleased with the project outcome and says:

“Design-CT unleashes everyone’s digital creativity, with interactive digital content created in less than 10 minutes! It is indeed an overdue AI-supported solution, especially designed for schools, teachers, and learners.”

While the Design-CT project has formally concluded, its legacy lives on through the platform available at www.design-ct.eu. This platform continues to be an invaluable resource for educational institutions, providing educators with ongoing access to a rich library of diverse digital resources and to an AI-supported authoring tool, the imc Express. Furthermore, it offers a series of training modules carefully tailored to educators at every level, catering to their varying levels of digital proficiency.

 

Finally, the consortium is thrilled to announce that this is not the end of the road. The Design-CT project serves as a springboard for the forthcoming "Open Teach C-Hub" project, set to launch in the upcoming school year 2023-2024. Building on the successful legacy of Design-CT and Open Teach (a European project promoting open educational resources and practices), this next venture will continue to push the boundaries of digital education in schools, empowering educators to thrive in the digital age.

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About the Design-CT project

Design-CT is a European project that supports teachers of all grade levels and digital competencies profiles to become creators and designers of their own digital and blended learning lessons. The Design-CT ecosystem offers a smart authoring tool supported with integrated didactical kits including, pedagogical templates, learning scenarios, apps, tools and resources to help teachers easily create their digital lessons and activities. The ecosystem offers design support and recommends learning content, so that teachers focus their time and effort on what they do best… guide their students’ learning journey. For more information, please visit the Design-CT website.

 

 

About the Consortium

Five partners from Germany, Portugal and Greece form the Design-CT consortium:

  • imc information multimedia communication AG – imc, Germany
  • Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia – NUCLIO, Portugal
  • Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea Savva AE – EA, Greece
  • Verein zur Förderung moderner Lernsysteme – Lernwelt, Germany
  • Grundschule St. Ingbert Südschule - Südschule, Germany
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Excellent onboarding: Brandon Hall Group presents Silver Award to imc Learning and ALTANA

The Brandon Hall Group, the leading provider of Excellence in Human Capital Management, has announced the winners of the "Awards for Excellence" in the category "Talent Acquisition Awards 2023". imc won with its global onboarding programme for the ALTANA Group.

Brandon Hall 2023 Silver Award

Saarbruecken, August 2023

A uniform onboarding programme for all: this was the goal with which ALTANA approached imc. The ALTANA Group develops and produces high-quality, innovative specialty chemical products in four divisions. Headquartered in Wesel, Germany, ALTANA has 48 production sites, 63 service and research laboratories worldwide and employs around 7,000 people.

 

In order to communicate the overarching goals and values of the ALTANA Group to employees from all divisions, imc has developed a uniform company-wide onboarding programme for ALTANA. In addition, there is a specific onboarding for managers.

The survey results collected by ALTANA show that the project was highly successful: On a scale of 1 to 5, the global onboarding was rated with an above-average 4.3 points, the leadership training with a very good 4.0 points.

 

For the Brandon Hall Group's international panel of industry experts, a demonstrable business impact is of central importance. Other assessment criteria include:

  • Alignment to their business need and environment
  • Program design, functionality, and delivery
  • Adoption, integration, user experience, innovation, and creativity
  • Overall effectiveness, impact, and measurable benefits

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Brandon Hall Group is a research and analyst firm, with more than 10,000 clients globally and nearly 30 years of delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations around the world through research and tools each and every day. More about the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards.

 

 

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer receives Rudolf Diesel Medal

Honored for "Most Successful Innovative Achievement" as a Pioneer of Modern Architectures for Information Systems

Saarbruecken/Augsburg, July 14th, 2023

On July 13, 2023, the Rudolf Diesel Medal, the oldest and most prestigious innovation award, was presented to Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer in Augsburg in the category "most successful innovation achievement". He was honored as a visionary and entrepreneurial implementer of modern architectures for information systems.

The Rudolf Diesel Medal has been awarded since 1953 in memory of the innovator Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine. The Rudolf Diesel Medal honors individuals for special achievements in the field of invention and innovation culture.

 

Famous recipients include Wernher von Braun as a rocket pioneer, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach as pioneers of automotive engineering, Conrad Zuse as the inventor of the computer, the founders of SAP AG, and several Nobel Prize winners.

 

The justification for the award of the medal states, among other things: "The ARIS concept, developed by August-Wilhelm Scheer around 1990, is a framework for optimizing business processes. The software product ARIS Toolset for modeling and optimizing business processes, developed by his company IDS Scheer AG, became one of the few internationally successful software products made in Germany. The ARIS concept simultaneously provided a theoretical foundation for the success of the process-oriented enterprise software that has shaped corporate information processing over the past 30 years."

Diesel Medal Prof Scheer 13.07.2023

l.t.r: Prof. Dr. Alexander J. Wurzer; Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer; Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Dr. hc Dieter Spath

As a pioneer of modern architectures for information systems, Prof. Scheer founded other successful companies under the umbrella of Scheer Holding after the sale of IDS Scheer AG, such as the process consulting company Scheer GmbH, imc AG as a leading software company for learning technologies and the software company Scheer PAS GmbH for a software architecture of the "Composable Enterprise". All companies are internationally oriented. As a driver for innovation through application-oriented research, Scheer founded the non-profit "August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute for Digital Products and Processes".

 

"The Rudolf Diesel Medal is a very special honor for me. It is a recognition of the path I have taken as a scientist and entrepreneur. My drive has always been to successfully turn ideas from my research into products and services. This still drives me today."

 

Prof. Scheer's latest book, "Composable Enterprise", outlines the architecture for the digitized enterprise of the future.

About Scheer Holding

Scheer Holding supports and manages the merger of innovative and technology-oriented companies in one network. Scheer GmbH, imc AG and Scheer PAS Deutschland GmbH as established companies are the driving forces for the start-ups in this network.

 

August-Wilhelm Scheer, professor for business informatics, inventor of the ARIS concept and successful entrepreneur since the foundation of IDS Scheer AG, established Scheer Holding GmbH as a network of high-growth IT companies. Process expertise, high quality, innovative strength and focus on customer benefits characterize products and services. The close exchange with science and research additionally increases the innovative power of the individual companies and opens up new markets. As the sole shareholder of Scheer Holding, Scheer holds significant stakes in the network companies. Investments in start-up companies are made while at the same time emphasizing the entrepreneurial power of the start-up management.

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92% Of Employees Prioritize Learning and Development: The Big Upskill Is Here

New research by e-learning provider imc Learning reports that 92% of employees consider training a deal breaker if choosing between two potential employers, amid a growing trend of employees expecting employers to offer better opportunities for learning and development.

London, June 2023

imc Learning, a leading European e-learning provider, commissioned ‘Research Without Barriers’ to conduct a study that investigated employee satisfaction in connection with continuing education offerings.

 

The trend, which was sparked by the major societal shift in personal and professional priorities post-pandemic - also known as the Great Resignation or Great Reshuffle - is now being billed as ‘The Great Upskill’.

 

The Great Upskill is a natural evolution of the Great Resignation, as people seek greater fulfilment and engagement with their working lives. Aside from a greater expectation of flexibility, employees now want to work for employers that help them to enrich their working experience through ‘upskilling’, training, personal and professional development, and by creating engaging career paths for the short, medium and long term. They want to achieve more, know more and generally be more engaged with the work they are doing - a move away from the traditional approach to benefits, which focused heavily on short term perks, like free fruit.

 

imc research has found that 52% of employees had left a role due to lack of personal or professional development opportunities. Interestingly in this context, 48% of employees have not received training in the last 12 months. The importance of creating pathways early for talent, and following through with them, can reduce the overall staff turnover, keep employees engaged, and help to nurture and retain talent in the long term.

 

"We've seen the right enterprise learning strategies and e-learning technologies have a direct impact on both staff retention rates and overall employee job satisfaction, particularly among our larger multinational clients." says Russell Donders, Director of International Market Development at imc.

Russell Donders

Russel Donders, Director of International Market Development at imc

Russell Donders has worked in the Learning Technology space for over 20 years and has helped countless global enterprises design and implement robust integrated learning ecosystems, including LMS, LXPs, and content management solutions.

 

Russell is currently imc's Director of International Market Development and responsible for the company's international growth. He nurtures key partnerships with imc clients to help them take their corporate learning to the next level.

A very considerable 86% of employees would remain with their current employer for longer if they were offered frequent L&D opportunities.

 

The trend isn’t only affecting junior team members.  Among managers, 22% now say they do not receive enough training in their current role. This finding chimes with the Great Resignation trend of an average of 20% of the workforce looking for new roles in 2022. In fact, 78% of managers would remain with their current employer for longer if they were offered frequent L&D opportunities. A clear development pathway is therefore key to retaining and nurturing senior team members - and now essential amid the recent talent scarcity concerns.

 

While economic conditions may influence some businesses to tighten their belts, the rise in demand for well-rounded and tailored training opportunities across all levels doesn’t come at the expense of business interests. Quite the opposite as 81% of managers’ report a positive impact from training on their business bottom line.

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With more than 25 years experience, 12 international locations and 400 employees, imc is the leading full-service provider for digital training.

 

Experts in the fields of technology, e-learning content and strategy work hand in hand to provide holistic and customized e-learning solutions - worldwide.

 

Founded by IT-pioneer Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer, imc today supports over 1.300 commercial enterprises, government organisations and educational institutes with over 10 million learners around the world in planning and implementing professional and bespoke trainings solutions.

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imc on Training Industry's Watchlist of Top Custom Content Companies

Training Industry ranks 2023 Top Custom Content Development Companies: imc on Watchlist

Training Industry today announced the publication of its 2023 Top Custom Content Development Companies List. The purpose of the annual ranking is to help buy-side organisations find the right training partners. imc is on the 'Watch List' – and the only provider ranking both for its LMS and custom content offerings.

2023 Watchlist custom content training industry

25 May 2023

Training Industry is the most trusted source of information on the business of learning. The US analyst firm publishes an annual ranking of the Top Custom Content Development Companies. This year, imc made it onto the Watch List.

 

Training Industry continually monitors the training marketplace for the top providers of custom content. Each year, it compiles a list based on a thorough analysis to help organisations find the most suitable training partners. The assessment criteria for the list include the capabilities and services of leading content development providers. These are companies offering a diverse range of learning content and a variety of content development services.

The selection for inclusion in this year's Top Custom Content Development Companies List (and Watch List) was based on the following criteria:

  • Breadth and quality of content developed, and services offered
  • Industry visibility, innovation, and impact in the learning services training market
  • Client representation
  • Business performance and growth

 

Sven R. Becker

Sven R. Becker, Board Member imc

Speaking about imc's recognition, Sven R. Becker, Board Member and head of imc's Custom Content, says: "We are thrilled to have made it into the Top Custom Content Companies Watch List. It proves that our company objective - to make sure training does not feel like training - has paid off.

 

The announcement is a great motivation for us to achieve even more in future. I'd like to thank everyone at imc and our customers for their trust in undertaking exciting learning journeys with us."

Further information

Training Industry's full 2023 Custom Content Development Companies Watch List is available to view here: Full list.

 

If you would like to know more about imc's custom content offering, please click here: Custom content.

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Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer receives honorary doctorate from Widener University in Philadelphia, USA

Honored as a visionary in modern business process management

Saarbruecken/Philadelphia, May 11th, 2023

Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer received an honorary doctorate from Widener University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 10th, 2023. This is his third honorary doctorate. He is being recognized as a thought leader in modern business process management and an innovation driver for flexible and resilient business models. The award was presented as part of this year’s graduation ceremony for Widener's graduates. In addition, Prof. Scheer was asked to hold the commencement speech for the young academics.

The ARIS architecture and method developed by Prof. Scheer have been used for many years in the Business School of Widener University and are also the subject of many lectures. The ARIS architecture plays a particularly important role in the master's program "Business Process Innovation".

 

Prof. Scheer was very pleased about the prestigious award: "I have been in close contact with Widener University for many years, which focuses on business process management in research and academics and emphasizes international networking. I perceive it as a great honor to now be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa by Widener University."

 

In his speech, he emphasized the importance of teamwork, the different roles of team members and how these roles may change with the experiences of professional life. He ended his remarks by advising the graduates to always recognize their abilities and use them until the end of their lives. Offering them the credo of his life as they are about to launch their careers, he closed with "Never get retired!"

 

The university now known as Widener University was founded in Delaware in 1821. In 1862, it moved to Pennsylvania. Since 1972, it has been known as Widener University. Widener consists of four campuses with the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Widener's graduate programs include business, education, engineering, nursing, social work, physical therapy, and clinical psychology. In addition to its award-winning research, the university places a special emphasis on application-oriented education.

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About Scheer Holding

Scheer Holding supports and manages the merger of innovative and technology-oriented companies in one network. Scheer GmbH, imc AG and Scheer PAS Deutschland GmbH as established companies are the driving forces for the start-ups in this network.

 

August-Wilhelm Scheer, professor for business informatics, inventor of the ARIS concept and successful entrepreneur since the foundation of IDS Scheer AG, established Scheer Holding GmbH as a network of high-growth IT companies. Process expertise, high quality, innovative strength and focus on customer benefits characterize products and services. The close exchange with science and research additionally increases the innovative power of the individual companies and opens up new markets. As the sole shareholder of Scheer Holding, Scheer holds significant stakes in the network companies. Investments in start-up companies are made while at the same time emphasizing the entrepreneurial power of the start-up management.

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imc celebrates to recive Strategic Challenger at the Fosway 9-Grid
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2023 Fosway for Digital Learning

Fosway Study: imc Learning once again recognized as a 'Strategic Challenger' in the 2023 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning

The Fosway 9-Grid™ 2023 for Digital Learning evaluates providers of digital learning content. imc consolidates its position as a Strategic Challenger.

Saarbruecken, March 2023

Fosway Badge for Strategic Challenger 2023

Fosway Group, Europe's #1 HR industry analyst, has published its latest analysis of the Digital Learning market, the 2023 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning. Once again, imc's recognition as a Strategic Challenger confirms its strong positioning in the Fosway 9-Grid™ for the fifth year in a row.

According to Fosway, Strategic Challengers offer solutions that cover a broader range of services and are solid and reliable partners in digital learning solutions.

 

Sven R. Becker, Vorstand imc AG

Sven R. Becker, Member of the Board, imc Learning

Sven R. Becker, member of the imc Executive Board, is pleased with the strong positioning in the ranking:

 

"Having already been named a Strategic Challenger for our Learning Management System (LMS) in February, the content provider ranking now also confirms our course. As a full-service provider, we strive for the best possible quality in all areas to ensure comprehensive customer support at the highest level.

So, we are naturally delighted that we are the only provider to be named twice in the Strategic Challenger zone by Fosway Group analysts - for both our learning platform and our individual learning solutions."

Becker announces that imc will increasingly act as a strategic partner for its customers in the future: "We see this recognition as confirmation of our efforts to provide holistic support for our customers. That's why this year we will also continue to expand the service of our custom learning unit in the area of strategy and expand our portfolio."

“Fosway research shows that partnering with vendors is an important part of digital learning success,” said David Wilson, CEO, Fosway Group. “imc’s customer orientation and strong partnering has helped clients deliver significant impact, helping consolidate its position as a Strategic Challenger on the 2023 9-Grid™for Digital Learning.

2023 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning

The Fosway 9 Grid with imc as Strategic Challenger

About the Fosway 9-Grid™

Fosway Group is Europe's #1 HR Industry Analyst. The Fosway 9-Grid™ provides a unique assessment of the principal learning and talent supply options available to organisations in EMEA. The analysis is based on extensive independent research and insights from Fosway's Corporate Research Network of over 250 organisations, including BP, HSBC, PwC, RBS, Sanofi, Shell and Vodafone.

Visit the Fosway website for more information on Fosway Group's research and services.

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imc AG continues its expansion in the USA

Germany’s imc AG expands North America business with new location on U.S. East Coast

Christian Wachter, CEO imc; Tim Treman, Business Development Manager imc

Saarbruecken, February 2023

At the start of this year, imc announced the opening of an additional international location -- on the east coast of the USA. The new location continues the Saarbruecken, Germany-based e-learning provider’s growth trend of the past few years and further expands its global presence.

 

It will enable imc to provide its existing customers in North America with a more personal experience. It will also allow the company to base support people for new customers directly in the American market.

 

For Christian Wachter, Chair of the Executive Board of imc AG, the new location is a logical next step. “We already have a lot of customers and partners in the USA,” he said. “We know our product portfolio is a good fit for the American market, so we felt it was important to establish another location to take our activities there to the next level.”

 

Wachter also likes his company’s chances of sourcing suitably qualified staff locally: “We won’t have to start from scratch, because we’ve already managed to find high-calibre candidates for a number of positions locally. The US labour market offers a lot of talent for us. I am looking forward to having a strong, growing local team, and hence to the new energy and fresh ideas that team is certain to bring to our entire organisation.”

 

Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer, the founder and president of the supervisory board of the Scheer Group, of which imc is part, supports imc’s growth initiative in the USA. “For the Scheer organisation, 2023 is all about growth on the North American continent,” he said. “imc AG will now join Scheer GmbH in establishing an important new branch office on the U.S. East Coast.

 

The USA is a highly attractive market for imc AG because it is both a major crossroads for global companies and the world’s biggest market for e-learning products. I have no doubt that imc AG, being a leading e-learning specialist, will do extremely well there.”

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2023 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems: imc achieves Strategic Challenger Position

Independent HR analyst, Fosway Group, has presented its latest study on learning systems. The imc Learning Suite is listed as a Strategic Challenger and demonstrates a high level of sophistication and scope.

Saarbruecken, February, 2023

Fosway Badge Strategic Challenger 2023

Europe’s leading HR analyst Fosway Group has published its latest study on learning systems. The imc AG is listed with their Learning Management System imc Learning Suite (ILS) as a Strategic Challenger for the first time.

According to Fosway Group, Strategic Challengers offer higher potential solutions, and have greater capabilities in terms of their depth and breadth than most other solutions in the market. These solutions are able to handle the complex needs of large, enterprise customers.

 

"The continued digital transformation of learning is being driven by rapidly evolving organisational requirements," said David Wilson, CEO, Fosway Group. "Congratulations to imc for moving into Strategic Challenger position on this year's Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems. This reflects the company’s focus on innovation to meet the changing needs of large, complex customers."

Christian Wachter

Christian Wachter, Board Member imc

Christian Wachter, CEO of imc, is pleased with the top ranking:

"Being recognized as a Core Leader for Learning Systems in the Fosway 9-Grid™ with our LMS is of course another incentive.

The strategic enhancements in the areas of Learner Experience, User Generated Content and Learning Analytics will certainly help to improve the product's potential and continue on the path to becoming a Strategic Leader."

2022 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems

2023 Fosway 9 Grid Learning Systems

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Fosway's full report, including all survey figures and information, can be found here.

More information about Foway Group can be viewed here.

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imc receives TISAX® security label

Since this year imc AG carries the TISAX® (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange) label. TISAX® is an information security assessment which concerns a large part of the suppliers and service providers of the German automotive manufacturers and their subsidiaries.

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Saarbruecken, January 2023

imc has successfully completed the TISAX audit to facilitate the exchange of information and data with customers in the automotive industry and to ensure their security. Every company that receives sensitive information from customers, such as VW, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Daimler or their subsidiaries, must in practice be certified according to TISAX. Thus, TISAX has become a relevant competitive factor.

 

Roman Muth, Director Cloud Solutions & Architecture, is pleased that imc's efforts in the field of information security are now visible at a glance: "The TISAX label offers us the opportunity to compare our security standards with our customers quickly and easily from now on. The good preliminary work that my team has done in this area has contributed significantly to our ability to meet the requirements of the Information Security Assessment (ISA)."

 

The Information Security Assessment (ISA) is a set of requirements for information security based on key aspects of the international standard ISO/IEC 27001. It is used by companies both for internal purposes and for audits of suppliers and service providers who process sensitive information from their respective houses.

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