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Innovation Labs

IMC is working in national and international research projects to develop innovations and new products for learning and knowledge management. Thereby the focus lies on the development of new tools and innovative prototypes in the fields of learning management systems, content management, performance support, authoring tools, Web 2.0 applications as well as web-based and mobile platforms.


The Project D-Masterguide targets craftsmen from the construction industry that pursue a training to acquire the master level ("Meister") in the German crafts education system.  They will learn to plan and accompany a building project with digital tools along all phases: to elicit the requirements for a house fassade isolation, research isolation material in the internet, plan the assignment of employees and material for the construction site and document the construction progress with photos. In each phase they will learn to handle digital media, not just consuming it, but actively creating it. This training will be introduced and evaluated in a craftsmen college ("Meisterschule") in southern Germany.

IMC develops for the project the digital learning environment and creates multimedia learning material based on partners' input.

The project is co-funded under the program "Digital media in vocational education" from the German Federal Ministry of Research and the European Social Fund.


Next-Lab is a follow-up project of the successful Go-Lab project, continuing its mission of introducing innovative science teaching methods in numerous schools across Europe. Next-Lab provides a wide range of interactive online tools for inquiry learning in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These tools include remote and virtual science laboratories, as well as inquiry learning applications. For teachers, an authoring software is available which allows them to create inquiry-based learning scenarios for each classroom session and share them with the students. Next-Lab closely cooperates with teacher training institutions in order to integrate the inquiry-based science education approach into the curricula of European teacher training programmes. Compared to Go-Lab, it addresses not only in-service, but also pre-service teachers. Next-Lab increases the target group by also including primary education.


The DEVELOP project aims to create a personalized learning environment (PLE) for career development. It will be used in large and medium size companies with comprehensive career paths. The project is led by Trinity College Dublin and the consortium includes IBM Ireland, IMC and five other academic and industrial partners. The PLE will provide employees with assessment of soft skills (transversal competencies) and social capital to recommend learning opportunities for career development. It will visualize potential career paths to achieve personal or organizational career goals. The PLE will be supported by game-based assessment, as well as social network analysis. Project results will be used by large learning technology vendors and SMEs to enrich their products.
DEVELOP is co-financed by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


At present, around 1.5 million people in Germany suffer from dementia. The disease is not only a burden for those who suffer and their relatives, at the same time it demands a lot from nursing homes and carers.
PflegeCoDe is an ongoing research project all over Germany that aims to support both, people suffering from dementia as well as their carers by providing help coping with the daily challenges linked to the disease.
The main component of the project is the development of a modular coaching app to connect technical, medical and organizational improvements providing support for those suffering, their relatives and carers at any stage of dementia.
In this project, IMC serves as partner for technology and integration being responsible for the development of the coaching app. In addition to a knowledge and progress database with treatment recommendations and the visualization of sensor data collected, the app includes communication tools.
The project receives financial support from the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

The project is currently focused on Germany. Therefore the app will only be available in German.


Technologies like Smartphones, tablet-PCs and head-mounted displays are now so advanced, as far as their suitability is concerned, that it is in principle possible to employ them on construction sites. However, this requires the development of special operating concepts. The new technologies should be usable with minimal distraction during dangerous manual labour under unfavourable circumstances (e.g. rain, cold, dirt). Furthermore, the new user interfaces should be usable by people with little computer experience.

In this project new forms of handling in three application areas should be developed and tested: digital real-time documentation of artisanal labour, support during operating of complex devices and danger warnings on the construction site.

IMC takes part in the development of demonstrators, testing and evaluation of the solutions on the spot and conceives the exploitation concept

The project is partially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


With the upcoming development of products in the area of virtual and augmented reality on the consumer market, this technology also becomes affordable for small and medium sized enterprises. In GLASSROOM, we are going to open up these technologies for a modern way to design professional education in the area of machinery and plant engineering in order to address the challenges of customer services like complex products, high failure costs, and short innovation cycles. This new approach to leaning content aims to be used independently from spatial and temporal conditions.


APPsist aims at developing AI-based knowledge and support system for the smart production that support workers in their interaction with production facilities. Central to the APPsist approach is the use of context information such as machine and production state, process information, and dynamic user behavior, all of which are essential to provide highly tailored and personalized content that is dynamically adapted for different end devices. By filling gaps in qualification, the system additionally supports the continuing education of users in their area of operation.

APPsist does not solely focus on technical aspects, but also includes the capturing and formalization of personal and organizational expertise and the didactical and methodological improvement of the content for assistance and knowledge constructing services. Concepts are created and evaluated in strong cooperation with medium sized enterprises.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and part of the framework program “AUTONOMIC in Industry 4.0”.


The project RHAPSODY aims primarily at analyzing the health and social care systems and infrastructures that are available in 6 European countries to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset dementia (YOD). While dementia is commonly viewed as a health and social problem of old age, YOD is defined by symptoms occurring before the age of 65 years.

In addition, RHAPSODY attempts to improve the management of people with YOD by supporting their carers. The main instrument for this is an educational, web-based, interactive e-learning programme tailored to the requirements of the target population of carers.

RHAPSODY is a multi-disciplinary European project carried out by 8 main investigators from academia and industry as well as a patient and carer advocacy organizations. The project is being co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the EU joint programme JPND.

The project aims at the design and development of an innovative blended learning software solution. Following a demand-oriented learning paradigm, it combines support for self-learning, attendance learning, and collaboration phases within the process of continuing vocational education.


The project aims at the design and development of an innovative blended learning software solution. Following a demand-oriented learning paradigm, it combines support for self-learning, attendance learning, and collaboration phases within the process of continuing vocational education.

The foundation of the system is an intelligent component for the administration and integration of learning material: It supports the annotation of learning objects with goals and competencies of the underlying curriculum. Using these annotations, the curriculum, as well as profile data and user behavior, an annotation component will automatically suggest relevant learning material, in order to guide the learner through the education process. Navigation functionality is complemented by a collaboration and communication platform, which includes both asynchronous and synchronous communication channels. Stimulating community discussions, it offers learners and teachers optimal support in communicative exchange about learning material, facilitates the collaborative processing of exercises, and supports upload and sharing of their own learning material.

The project is being co-financed by the Saarland’s Ministry of Science and Economic Affairs as part of the EFI program.


MasterCraft is a research and development project for small and medium-sized building companies which are setting up and expanding. With MasterCraft, demonstration projects in building companies are used to standardise and electronically support business processes, as well as develop best practice and adoptable eStandard solutions and tools.


In the Software-Cluster IMC works with leading german universities, companies and research centres to create concepts for the enterprise software of the future. IMC develops new forms of performance support. Users receive information and support adapted to their current business process, application and knowledge on a central platform. Users will be enabled to use the platform to share knowledge and help each others to solve problems.

In addition IMC evaluates new software development processes and creates educational offerings on the topics of the Software-Cluster.


The overall objective of MIRROR is to empower and engage employees to reflect on past work performances and personal learning experiences in order to learn in “real-time” and to creatively solve pressing problems immediately. Those reflective learning processes can be applied by an individual person, collaboratively in a team, and also up to organizational scale.

MIRROR will be the first technology-enhanced learning approach that can be used in highly dynamic working situations where no teachers, no formal content, and no explicit knowledge are available. It is based on a conceptual model of holistic continuous learning by reflection, which incorporates the essential ingredients of training critical thinking, awareness of emotions, (collaborative) knowledge construction, creative problem solving, and innovation. Within a so-called “AppSphere” a bundle of real-time, interoperable learning applications is realized that can be used within the collaborative and social work environment of the employees.


The KOMMIT project is pursuing the objective of establishing media training as a relevant qualification in the training chain of ITC careers. The focus is on the promotion of media skills which are required for the expedient and effective use of social and mobile media in everyday vocational life.  With the "Social Navigator Media Training", KOMMIT is developing a software tool which supports the user to correctly select and use the appropriate Web 2.0 instrument and in efficiently managing appropriate measures.

IMC is coordinating the joint KOMMIT project and together with project partners is responsible for the development and testing of the support and training measures as well as for the development of the "social navigator" into an innovative consultancy tool.

KOMMIT is being supported by funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and from the European Union's European Social Fund.


SiWay takes up the results from Go-Lab, develops them further and turns them into a finished product. The SiWay portal, a modern learning environment, combines the scientific online labs with further tools in one portal. An authoring component allows teachers to create their own learning content and via different communication media, an individual coaching of their students becomes possible. Furthermore, an automatic recommendation system shows the students additional learning resources based on their individual knowledge level. The SiWay project is supported by an initiative of the European Union, that has the goal to create examples for modern digital teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The portal will be tested from February 2017 on in four European countries.


The INTUITEL project develops a software application which augments learning management systems with intelligent feedback and recommendation mechanisms. Various information such as the current level of knowledge, age and cultural background of the learner should enable the application to support users of learning management systems (LMS) in a targeted and personalised way with feedback and analysis of previous learning achievements and provide recommendations for further steps. To this end, a LMS supplemented with INTUITEL enables learners to be provided with assistance and support which up to now could only be given by human tutors.

In the INTUITEL project, IMC is working on integrating the INTUTIEL application into the tried-and-tested IMC Learning Suite. INTUITEL is being co-financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme.