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Product innovations

Always up to date with the imc Learning Suite product innovation

At the core of imc's innovation philosophy is its commitment to invest approximately 25% of the Learning Suite revenue back into research and development. The core outcome of this investment sees imc customers benefit in the form of frequent innovation packs that are made available four times per year.

 

Our innovation packs introduce a range of new features, performance updates, and enhancements to existing functions. The frequency of the updates helps ensure imc remains at the forefront of learning technology and that our customers are future-proofed with the latest innovations in technology-supported learning. In addition to innovation packs, standard patches deliver minor updates and fixes every four to six weeks.

imc Learning Suite product innovation

Standard innovation patch cycle

Our innovations are not only driven by state-of-the-art research findings on process and tool optimisation within the L&D field, but also by customers' direct requests that we collect via different communication channels. This feedback helps us ensure that our products adapt to industry developments and emerging needs.

 

 

Unlike many other enterprise LMS providers, the imc Product Management team reviews customers' requests and selects those that will then become new features of the imc Learning Suite in one of its future innovation packs, thus allowing customers to help shape the standard product while reducing customisation maintenance costs.

 

 

One thing is for sure when partnering with imc: the knowledge that imc will never rest on laurels of past performance and will continue to work with its customers globally to evolve its solutions and meet the real-life learning requirements of tomorrow.

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Latest updates and innovations

Innovation Pack v. 14.19

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Innovation Pack 14.19 enhances existing functionalities by introducing a range of exciting developments. Highlights include refining course previews and streamlining media uploads along with facilitating the seamless integration of third-party training courses in the imc Learning Suite thanks to the new Generic Content Importer. Additionally, monetizing content is now even easier with the update of our Shopify integration. Click below to discover more details on the key highlights.

Full course previews 

IP 14.19 improves the user experience for administrators and tutors during the creation or editing of courses. For example, they have now the ability to preview exactly what learners will see, including the course itself and various components such as media, links, files, news, and the library.

 

These enhancements simplify the process of ensuring that the course description and its components are comprehensive, accurate, and pertinent for the learners.  In addition, the ability to review and verify these elements contributes to the creation of high-quality course descriptions. As a result, they foster increased trust among learners in the courses being offered and ultimately enhancing the overall learning experience.

 

Benefits 

  • Easy group creation and member assignments. 
  • Ensure the high quality of course content. 

Easy Media Upload 

With this IP, course administrators and tutors can effortlessly add multimedia file, generic files, or links to the course through a click on the “Create” button and the drag & drop functionality.

 

The imc Learning Suite automatically identifies the corresponding media type and loads the corresponding meta tag fields. In addition,  administrators can then then further enrich, save, and publish the content.

 

Furthermore, you can now see the content directly in the content step of the Easy Course Creation manager.

 

This flexibility speeds up course creation and management significantly.

 

Benefits 

  • Course administrators or tutors can create content directly without needing to use the course manager. 
  • Quick and easy content provisioning. 
  • Eliminates concerns about using correct media types.  

Generic Content Importer 

IP 14.19 fosters organizations aiming to transform the imc Learning Suite into a comprehensive platform for managing all their learning activities. The Generic Content Importer helps you achieve this goal by facilitating the import of courses from third-party content providers.

 

Administrators can select an available service connector, configure it, and import the desired courses. As before, content is displayed in the imc Learning Suite’s catalogue. Note that you will need a separate license with the third-party content provider.

 

We designed the initial connector for Pluralsight, an online education company, and we plan to continually expand the range of connectors based on customer demand. If a specific third-party provider is not available, you can ask us for a custom connector

 

To make the content accessible to learners,  simply add the content to courses and catalogues and assigned the learning to learners – just like any other course in the Learning Suite. As learners complete the courses, the imc Learning Suite stores the results, which you can use for reporting and further processing.

Benefit to learners

Learners benefit from a seamless learning experience, being able to quickly search, find, and access their training content regardless of its origin. In addition, they can track and monitor their progress within the Learning Suite without having to switch to external platforms.

 

The availability of external content in the imc Learning Suite combines the advantages of two worlds in a single platform, ensuring an enjoyable user experience for both learners and administrators.

 

Benefits 

  • Connect the imc Learning Suite with a range of 3rd Party Providers to import and distribute external content to your learners. 
  • Learners can easily access and track external content within a single platform, the Learning Suite.

Shopify Integration 

Shopify is a powerful eCommerce tool that facilitates the purchase of courses and learning paths in the imc Learning Suite. Simply select the courses via the catalogue, and the checkout and billing process will be handled through Shopify.

 

Starting with this IP, you can connect the imc Learning Suite to multiple Shopify shops. This is beneficial if you are selling courses and learning paths through different providers and across different brands, topics, themes, and regions.

 

It also lets you bill for content in multiple currencies, for example, English training courses in the United States through a US provider in US dollars, and German training courses in Germany through another provider in euro.

 

For learners, this translates to a better experience as they can focus on the content they are interested in and enjoy a seamless checkout process.

 

Benefits 

  • Expand your market presence by creating as many shops as needed alongside your default store. 
  • Connect different providers to your Shopify shops and offer courses and learning paths to different target groups and customer segments.
  • Enhance your customer experience by clearly differentiating purchases from different Shopify shops in the shopping cart.
  • Improve your checkout process to ensure customers do not abandon it.

Further important updates 

Each innovation pack encompasses numerous smaller enhancements. Here are some of the key updates we have included in IP 14.19: 

 

  • Administrators can utilize batch processing to simultaneously change classifications (i.e., course category and sub-category) to one or more courses, significantly enhancing the efficiency and convenience of course management.  
  • We have extended the ‘manage staff enrolment page’ for course templates and learning paths to include two new settings for cancelling a learning path. 
  • In addition, we have made several minor improvements to metadata displayed on tiles, ensuring the consistent display of tooltips and more descriptive naming of attributes. 
  • In the Learning Analytics Module, administrators will now see the progress percentage as a separate column in the learning path reports for content-driven learning paths. 

For more information, please contact us.

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Innovation Pack v. 14.18

Innovation Pack 14.18 had a real focus on delivering improvements to existing functions by introducing many exciting enhancements. Highlights include updates to on-the-job training in courses to enable collaborative group work, better flexibility in accredited certification management and ongoing enhancements to the Learning Analytics module including an ability to create reports directly within the LMS. 

Encourage collaboration with group-based learning 

The completion of On-the-job training tasks within a course had always been performed individually with each participant required to complete their own tasks. Now with IP18 course tutors or trainers are able to split participants into working groups to complete on-the-job activities training as a team.    

 

Benefits 

  • Easy group creation and member assignments. 
  • Time-saving review and evaluation process. 
  • Create opportunities for social learning and collaborative working. 
  • Foster group engagement through communication. 

 

Certification 'Grace periods’ provide improved flexibility 

The Certifications module is used to track progress for accredited certifications where employees need to achieve a minimum amount of training points or hours in a set time period. Previously the time period has been rigid, but now with ‘grace periods’ it is possible to move certification points or hours achieved to an older period; this provides flexibility in cases where certification points or hours are awarded post when they were actually achieved. Additionally, there are updates for certification set reporting and audit logging. 

 

Benefits 

  • Flexibility to ensure accurate awarding of points and hours. 
  • Improved reports provide better insights to certification sets. 
  • Ease of administration to adjust incorrectly awarded points/hours.  

 

Further important updates 

Each innovation pack contains many smaller innovations and here are some of the more important updates contained in 14.18: 

 

  • The Power BI Learning Analytics module continues to evolve with a new Effectiveness Check reporting dashboard showcasing valuable data on training impact. Furthermore, is the now the ability to create new reports directly from the LMS without heading to Power BI which not only saves on time, but also Power BI licences.  
  • Supervisors, Tutors and Administrators are now able to Preview the Courses with a view matching that of learners. 
  • Prerequisite status displays are now available to the learner, their supervisor and course tutors to identify where prerequisites are not yet met for enrolled participants. 
  • Multi-approval workflow updated with the ability for approvers to enter a priority rating for the approvals to better guide the decision of subsequent approvers in the process. 
  • Gamification update with Experience Tracks display a more user friendly to display of level details and profile pictures on leader boards. 
  • For customers wanting use own Outlook 365 for email there is a new Authentication method instead of the stand SMTP out. 
  • Course tile configuration now allows administrators to add custom meta tags and arrange meta tags on course tiles; this includes client specific configuration in a multi-client system. 
  • Target positions and classification fields provide administrators or supervisors the ability to designate a specific target job profile for a learning object and add a classification using meta tags. This is especially useful in the Easy Course Creator where classifications were previously not possible to add. 

For more information, please contact us.

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Innovation Pack v. 14.17

Innovation Pack 14.17 introduces many enhancements with highlights including updates to the Power-BI Learning Analytics add-on, an eEasy media uploader direct within Channels and a brand- new multi-step approval process with unlimited steps. Click below to discover more details on the key highlights. 

Until IP17, the imc Learning Suite had supported up to two levels of approval for training self-enrolment requests, e.g. typically the requestee's supervisor and the training administrator. In the case of some high-stakes training this would often lead to additional approval steps being handled offline, without the history being tracked in the imc Learning Suite. Depending on the customer, a comprehensive multi-step approval can require approvals from a direct supervisor, an area manager, a rostering administrator, and cost administrator prior to a final approval by the training administrator.

 

Values delivered

  • Configure multiple approval steps for enrolment requests with the multi-step Approval Workflow Manager.
  • Pre-define approval reasons for each single step to speed up Approval or Decline
  • See the history of all steps in the multi-step approval process.
  • Conduct complete approval process within the LMS.

Benefits

  • Easy creation of any number of workflow steps.
  • Decision support by providing approval history including reasons.
  • Quick approval and full control of approval workflow.

Other important improvements

Each innovation pack contains many smaller innovations and here are some of the more important updates contained in 14.17:

  • Channels update to allow easy media upload directly in the Channel without back-end access to the Media library.
  • Learning Analytics (Power BI), new Feedback Evaluation reports and improved self-service.
  • Updates to Learning Path and Course
  • My Staff update for Supervisors to have more options available and better visibility of their staff in the catalogue views.
  • A combined Courses and Learning Path panel to simplify the learner dashboard.
  • Job Profile completion forecast view is assigned when courses delivering Skills are completed.
  • Update of description areas to Ck Editor version 4 which has many formatting benefits.
  • Simplified staff enrolment workflow for managers.
  • The number of Learning path notification options have been increased significantly.
  • The Access rights restriction functionalities have been improved to allow an even more granular group specification of rights for tasks such as editing or creating courses.
  • Pre-booking notifications have been enhanced, so that course administrators can send even more detailed information about the courses to the learners.
  • Via the new MS Exchange integration, it is now possible in the iLS resource manager to view availability of rooms or spaces listed in a company-wide resource management system in addition to those already added into the imc Learning Suite.

For more information, please contact us.

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Innovation Pack v. 14.16

Innovation Pack 14.16 focused on introducing many smaller updates to existing functions with some key highlights including role-based dashboards for the Power-BI Learning Analytics add-on, a new learner/supervisor calendar view and many improvements to Learning Paths. Click below to discover more details on the key highlights.

Learning analytics

Using the navigation, it is possible to configure role-specific Learning Analytics dashboards. This ability to have their own dashboards will allow users to select more relevant reports based on their user role.

Values delivered

  • The user is able to quickly access and monitor selected reports and dashboards.
Reports and dashboards view

A new 'Feedback Collection Analysis' report was introduced to evaluate the feedback collection and submission of courses.

 

Values delivered

  • The reporter has enough data to evaluate how courses perform and, in turn, increase learner satisfaction.
Learner feedback

A simplified calendar view of training schedules

The introduction of a new calendar enables learners to see and launch their upcoming scheduled trainings in either a day/week/month/year view.  A version of the calendar is available to supervisors allowing them to view the training calendars of their staff.

 

Values delivered

  • Training-based view: Lists learning paths and courses for scheduled training with training name and type. It is possible to access the course progress report of a training from here.
  • User-based view: Shows learners and their training schedule for trainings that are requested, confirmed, on the waiting list, enrolled, in progress, or completed.

Several filters enable drill down on both views.

Other important improvements

Each innovation pack contains many smaller innovations. Here are some of the more important updates contained in 14.16:

 

Improvements delivered

  • Learning Paths: Faster initial asynchronous load, mail monitor to view related emails, automatic cancellation workflow, plus some design updates.
  • Baidu map integration, which is popular in Chinese markets.
  • Linking of Skills to External courses.
  • Update to the SCIM API for user provisioning to fully support RFC7644 adherent systems.
  • Zoom virtual classroom integration using LTI1.1.

For more information, please contact us.

Innovation Pack (V14.15) - Learning Analytics

Innovation Pack 14.15 brings the new Learning Analytics add-on. Find out how to boost your learning strategy and enhance your company's success through learning data.

Innovation Pack (V14.13) - Channels

With Innovation Pack 14.13, we release a brand new add-on: Channels. Get to know our new add-on for self-directed learning and a new learning experience.

Innovation Pack (V14.12)

Innovation Pack 14.12 brings a lot of new possibilities with the Shopify connector.

Innovation Pack (V14.11)

Innovation Pack 14.11 brings many small improvements with a big effect.

Innovation Pack (V14.10)

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Innovation Pack (V14.9)

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Innovation Pack (V14.8)

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Innovation Pack (V14.7)

The new update for the imc Learning Suite includes a better overview of acquired successes for learners, the brand new 180° course feedback and a wish list for courses.

Innovation Pack (V14.5)

Innovation Pack 14.5 stands out with new integration capabilities and an improved learning experience. Discover the Microsoft Teams integration and new features like advanced reporting functions, new options for prices and currencies or new self-services.

Innovation Pack (V14.4)

With this innovation pack, the Learning Management System sports a smoother skill management, an enhanced location structure and a new option to integrate LinkedIn Learning content. We have summed up the most important information for you.