Updates for imc Learning Suite: Improved on-the-job training and learning analytics as well as greater flexibility for certifications
With Innovation Pack 14.18, existing functions of the imc Learning Suite have been optimised. We have summarised the most important new features.
The latest update to the imc Learning Suite, Innovation Pack 14.18, includes some exciting improvements to existing functionality.
Highlights include updates to on-the-job training in courses that now support group work, greater flexibility in managing certifications and further improvements to the Learning Analytics module, including the ability to create reports directly within the LMS.
Encouraging collaboration through group learning
Previously, on-the-job training tasks within a course could only be completed individually. Each student had to complete their own tasks. With IP 14.18, tutors or trainers can organise participants into working groups to complete on-the-job activities as a team.
Certifications: More flexibility with tolerance periods
The certification module documents progress for approved certifications, for which the employee must achieve a minimum number of points or hours within a certain period of time. Previously, this period was fixed. Tolerance periods have now been introduced which allow the points and hours achieved to be moved to an earlier period. This provides the flexibility to recognise points and hours that the tutor was unable to accept until after the certification period, for example because the tutor was ill. Certification reports have also been improved.
If you would like to learn more about Innovation Pack 14.18, please have a look here.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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
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.
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
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, 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
Improve your company success with Learning Analytics
The new add-on for the imc Learning Suite allows to make the success of professional development measurable and visible. This has a direct impact on the success of the company.
Making the success of continuing education visible and measurable has always been a concern for Learning and Development managers. Budget managers primarily see one thing: a high invest. However, how much training employees actually receive and to what extent it contributes to the company's goals and business success has been a matter of speculation until now.
This is exactly where the new Learning Analytics add-on for the imc Learning Suite comes in. Learning analytics applies logic and mathematics to learning data to gain insights that enable faster and better decisions to improve learning outcomes. In doing so, the add-on helps organisations measure the effectiveness of their training and development programmes. Through data-driven insights, leaders can identify skills gaps and understand how employees engage with learning materials.
This sound data can greatly assist in making decisions regarding a company's training strategy and can directly contribute to the company's success. It can also lead to better workplace performance, higher employee satisfaction and a better ROI on training investments.
imc receives eLearning Award for “Adaptive Learning”
The eLearning Journal has awarded imc with the eLearning Award 2023 in the category "adaptive learning". From more than 300 submissions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the jury of the eLearning Journal awards innovative projects with showcase character in more than 50 categories.
Saarbruecken, January 2023
In the category "adaptive learning", the "Digit@l Fitness Check" was awarded, which imc developed together with a German car manufacturer to motivate and empower all employees to participate and actively shape the digital transformation.
The Digit@l Fitness Check is a responsive, quiz-based digital learning module with the aim of arousing interest, motivating, imparting basic knowledge on topics of digitization and providing individual orientation on which learning opportunities are most relevant for an employee. To this end, the learning module uses a specially developed scoring system that provides learners with individual learning recommendations based on their answers. In this way, users can receive targeted and individualized training in line with their learning needs.
Since the training is aimed at all employees, the prior knowledge of the learners varies greatly. One of the challenges for the experts was therefore to anticipate and compensate for the possible overload with the large selection of offers. "The feedback shows that the learners are enthusiastic about the novel form of knowledge preparation," explains Sven R. Becker, Board Member of imc. "The deliberately provocative implementation of a „Fitness Challenge“ fits very well with the client's corporate culture and was particularly well received by younger target groups."
For the 13th time, the eLearning Journal 2022 jury will present the eLearning AWARD. With over 300 project submissions, the interest in the eLearning AWARD was unbroken. In the end, state-of-the-art projects prevailed in 50 categories. If you would like to learn more about the awards, please take a look here.
Read everything about this award winning project here.
WirtschaftsWoche honors imc as best e-learning provider for the third time in a row
The German magazine WirtschaftsWoche has published a ranking of digi-tal education providers. In first place among the best e-learning providers once again: imc Learning.
Saarbruecken, October 2022
With the ranking "Best Digital Education Providers", the German magazine "WirtschaftsWoche" is once again dedicated to the digital education market in Germany this year. In the category "e-learning providers", imc once again achieved 1st place.
Christian Wachter, spokesman for imc's board, is delighted about the renewed award and states: "Digital education and further training have gained enormously in importance in recent years. The shortage of skilled workers, which affects almost all industries, as well as the requirements for companies and organizations in the New Work context will continue to increase the demand for high-quality digital training solutions in the coming years.
We will therefore continue to invest in product innovations in order to continue to support our customers as a reliable partner with the latest technology and state-of-the-art content solutions in the future."
For the ranking, market research institute ServiceValue obtained more than 10,000 user assessments of 111 providers.
imc is ranked as a Top 20 Company for Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Training Industry has selected imc for their list "2022 Learning Management Systems (LMS) Top 20 Company"
Training Industry, the most trusted source of information on the business of learning, has published the latest list of top vendors for learning management systmes (LMS). This annual list is designed to help buy-side organisations in their search for the right training partners. As only German company, imc made it on this year's list of "2022 Learning Management Systems (LMS) Top 20 Company".
Training Industry's goal with these list is to offer a better orientation on the LMS market. Besides a rising number of providers, tools are becoming more complex and more and more features are added. Therefore, the Training Industry continuously monitors the training marketplace, looking for the best providers of LMSs that offer a strong and diverse set of features and analytics.
The selection of this year’s Top LMS Companies List was based on the following criteria:
- Breadth, quality and advancement of features, capabilities and analytics
- Industry visibility, innovation and impact in the learning technologies training market
- Client and user representation
- Business performance and growth
“This year’s Top 20 LMS companies are evolving into a one-stop-shop for all learning technology-related needs. With a focus on program management and learner-focused capabilities, these companies are continuously advancing the learning technologies market,” said Jessica Schue, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “Through innovative features such as artificial intelligence (AI), personalization, interactive content, analytics and more, these companies are able to provide learners and learning administrators with a fully equipped platform.”
Channels: Welcome to the age of self-directed learning
Innovation Pack 14.13 for the imc Learning Suite makes learning more self-determined than ever before
Corporate learning and the learner's expectations are changing fundamentally. Learners no longer want to put up with dull face-to-face teaching and the cramming of theoretical knowledge. "Learning experience" is the keyword, and this means not only the appealing design of learning content and portals, but also a different kind of learning: personalised, informal and above all self-directed.
Therefore imc introduces a new function which puts learning experience in the center: The Channels. Innovation Pack 14.13 for imc Learning Suite allows a totally new way of self-directed learning.
The new channels are topic-based containers that contain learning nuggets on the respective topics. Learners can subscribe to topics and are always kept up to date via email notifications when there is new content.
The look and feel are reminiscent of familiar platforms such as YouTube or Netflix, making it intuitive for all learners. When consuming a Learning Nugget, a playlist of content from the same channel is displayed at the edge of the screen so learners can quickly move to the next Learning Nugget.
If you would like to learn more about Innovation Pack 14.13, please have a look here.