20 Years of e-Learning

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There has been a great deal of innovation happening in the e-learning industry over the last two decades with new developments in technology shaping our future in every aspect. While previous learning strategies consisted of a vast amount of knowledge that the learner was expected to master and remember for quite some time, these days the trend goes towards small learning nuggets e.g. just-in-time and on-the-job learning with the focus on real-time performance of the learner.

IMC has been part of those worldwide e-learning developments and is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. Starting out as a university spin-off at the University of the Saarland (Germany) in 1997, the company has come a long way since its early days and is today represented around the world, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Romania, the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Building long-lasting relationships with clients from all industry sectors by providing tailor-made e-learning solutions, IMC has made its mark with no signs of slowing down. With the significant growth in the APAC region (offices in Melbourne, Singapore and Auckland) over the last years due to high demand for learning technologies, performance support and e-learning content and the adaptivity of IMC and its solutions to that specific market, the company’s focus on that region has contributed strongly to the company’s overall bottom-line.

While IMC’s expertise in learning technologies, training strategy and e-learning content is mostly represented in corporations and public authorities to train staff, management and external stakeholders with extended enterprise solutions, demand for e-learning in schools and universities is on the rise to prepare students for the working world after graduation. All e-learning solutions aim for a smooth digital transition with adaptivity, interactivity, personalisation and predictive analytics - taking more into account than replacing a face-to-face seminar with an e-learning module. “The importance in this context is the e-learning content and its professional preparation”, says CEO of IMC Christian Wachter. “The focus on both sides, the learning technologies and e-learning content build a strong foundation to assist companies, plus public and educational institutions.”

Analysts predict that the e-learning industry will grow worldwide to 240 billion US Dollar in 2023, compared to 165 billion in IMC’s anniversary year, giving the e-learning expert the opportunity to shape the future of that industry.1