eMadrid: R&D Network on educational technology in the Region of Madrid (S2013/ICE-2715)


How Electronic Learning and Social Reading Merges to a New Learning Experience
Monday, 05 November 2012




Volker Zimmermann (IMC)


There are four big forces coming together that change the paradigms how we will learning in the future: (1) With upcoming interactive e-books, reading and learning in the classroom using internet technology enable new instructional design principles, but also simplify the life of pupils and lecturers. Both aspects together will increase acceptance for learning technology and enable a major growth in this area. (2) Cloud technologies enable the ubiquitous use of learning material either in classroom, at home, in private learning settings or in group learning scenarios. (3) Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones enable an easy access to learning material, the user interfaces simplify and allow children as well as professionals and elder people to access learning from anywhere. (4) Social communities enable a social learning experience, as learning is mainly a social process. All these 4 big forces are realized in learning applications in which e-Books stand at the core of the learning process. Within the seminar, examples and best practices are shown, also how to create e-books and how to use them in different online and classroom course scenarios.



Author's Biography

Volker Zimmermann

Dr. Volker Zimmermann, born on 3 December 1967, is co-founder of IMC AG. As Member of the Executive Board he is responsible for International Sales, New Business (Research and Innovation) and HR. Volker Zimmermann studied business administration at the University of Saarland and at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He wrote his dissertation, which was awarded "summa cum laude", in 1998 at the Institute for Business Information Technology (Head: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer) of the University of Saarland on the issue "Object-oriented business process management". In 1999, he was awarded the dissertation prize of the Institute for Empirical Economics in Saarbruecken. Zimmermann has written several books and more than forty other publications. He has extensive experience in the fields of web-based training and e-Learning, also based on the results of academic research.


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