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Sevenoaks, UK – 21 May 2009 – An independent study launched today by e-learning and advanced content solutions provider, IMC (UK) Learning Ltd, revealed that although three quarters (74%) of universities have virtual learning environments (VLE) to support teaching and learning, only 14% of lecturers publish their recorded lectures on them.

The survey, entitled ‘Examining e-learning in higher education: perceptions and reality’, asked 125 academic and operational staff in universities, business schools and university colleges their views on e-learning, how it is currently used within universities and the perceptions of its benefits and shortfalls.

The research found that even though a large percentage said their university had a VLE, very few use it to its full effect. Only 16% of the whole sample recorded their lectures, with 14% publishing these to a VLE for students to access at a later date. In addition, only three in ten (29%) of those who use e-learning frequently/always add questions or documents to their lectures and only 15% frequently/always post-edit lectures and content, despite 48% acknowledging that e-learning is popular with students.

Dr Dirk Thissen, managing director at IMC (UK) Learning comments: “Using e-learning to support face-to-face courses can enhance the learning experience of students. Producing content by recording lectures and post-editing or adding documents and questions will add value to the material and can be used to populate a VLE effectively.”

When asked which elements of e-learning respondents found the most useful, three in ten (31%) commented on the automatic synchronisation of recorded data, with the same number stating the combination of video, audio and annotation. Slightly fewer (29%) highlighted the variety of output formats. Smaller numbers pointed to ‘one-click’ publishing to a VLE (19%) and full text search in published recordings (17%) as useful when recording lectures.

Thissen continues: “It is clear from the high number of universities that have a VLE that e-learning is on the agenda at higher education institutions. The issue is how much e-learning is used by lecturers as part of their teaching and learning programmes.

“From the research, the popularity of e-learning among students and academics is clear to see. Despite this, academic staff do not necessarily recognise the productivity and cost saving benefits of e-learning. Rapid authoring tools provide lecturers with a means to record, edit and add documents to their lectures quickly and easily in order to enhance the learning experience of their students.”

For a copy of the ‘Examining e-learning in higher education: perceptions and reality’ report please email or call +44 (0)20 7240 6959

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About IMC (UK) Learning Ltd:

IMC (UK) Learning Ltd is a subsidiary of IMC AG, one of the world’s leading service and technology suppliers of advanced learning and content solutions. Hundreds of companies ranging from multinationals to small and medium-sized companies, as well as public sector organisations, numerous training providers and over 150 universities carry out their training and continual professional development programmes with their employees, students and customers using IMC learning technology applications and services.

With CLIX®, which currently has over 2.5 million users, the rapid authoring system LECTURNITY®, the high-end authoring tool Dynamic Power Trainer®, the electronic performance support system (EPSS) LiveContext® and the Web 2.0 Open Content Community application SLIDESTAR®, IMC offers an integrated approach to comprehensive learning life cycle and knowledge management. The company, which has its headquarters in Saarbrücken, was founded in 1997 by Professor August-Wilhelm Scheer together with Dr Wolfgang Kraemer, Frank Milius and Dr Volker Zimmermann, and has branches in Berlin, Munich and Freiburg, a subsidiary in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and affiliated companies in Switzerland (Zürich), Austria (Graz), Great Britain (Sevenoaks) and Romania (Sibiu).

As well as its core lines of business, IMC (UK) Learning Ltd organises the annual ‘The Art of Learning’ event in London. IMC AG has also organised the annual ‘Learning World’ event since 1999. It also publishes the trade magazine ‘IM Information Management & Consulting’.

Media Contact:

Emily Young
Portfolio Communications Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7240 6959

Date: 21.05.09

Ref: 09-069

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