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Introducing VenU™ Pages

Our clients have been clear over the years – they want a customized online learning environment for their employees, customers and channel partners. The latest version of our LMS, VenU Connect™, does just that. We’ve leveraged our cutting-edge functionality and combined it with the latest social learning trends to take virtual engagement to a whole new level. Our new Pages functionality allows administrators to create public or private group, course and event pages. This in demand functionality allows administrators to:
  • Simply and easily share content on any topic with users.
  • Generate momentum and create a call to action for upcoming training events.
  • Link the page to a course for required training or create a public page for general informational purposes.

Like, Follow and Share

An intuitive interface for most, users can like, follow and share pages to increase activity and encourage others to participate.

Banners and Icons

Administrators can add custom banners and icons to distinguish and further brand pages.

Share Media

Page creators can share images, documents and videos to the page by posting to the feed or attaching the images to media blocks.

New Pages Block

New block for the user’s home page that allows them to opt in and out of pages, as well as alert them of new updates to the pages since last login.

Flexible Configuration

Special page permissions can be configured when building a page, to determine who can view/join the page.

VenU clients who would like to explore VenU Connect™ further should contact their dedicated project manager. Not a VenU client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544

  Ryan Anderson   Jul 03, 2019   News   0 Comment   Read More

Don’t Overlook Performance Support

As discussed in a previous post, digital communication dominates every aspect of personal and professional life. This influx of information requires learning professionals to employ new strategies to combat learning loss and boost retention, therefore, performance support has become paramount.

Performance support is, essentially, providing the necessary tool for a learner to complete a job or task at the moment of need. It is vital that learners receive continued support beyond an initial training event – that’s where performance support becomes critical. Our clients have found that leveraging content management tools like our Content Library to put this information in the hands of learners is increasing both efficiency and productivity.

Below are some performance support examples and how they can be used to support your learning initiatives:


Although certainly not a new concept, infographics continue to be a favorite tool of eLearning professionals because of their ability to make complex information easier to comprehend. The visual element of an infographic is more engaging – learners are more likely to “skim” lengthy articles and miss critical information. Whenever you need to communicate a smaller amount of communication quickly – consider an infographic.


How-to videos are becoming an increasingly more common tool used by eLearning professionals to instruct on a wide variety of topics. The ability for users to quickly find, navigate and replay content gives them a powerful way to access information when they need it. Integrations with YouTube and Vimeo make it simple to share these videos from within the LMS. Additionally, virtual training sessions and meeting minutes can be recorded and shared this way as well!

Interactive PDFs

PDFs remain a performance support staple. However, clients are now leveraging interactive features to engage learners as well. Bookmarks allow for ease of navigation within the document. They appear in the Bookmarks tab on the left side of the Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader window and jump to a page, text, or graphic in the exported PDF file. Video links and sound clips can also be added into a document, or you can link to video files hosted elsewhere on the web.

Clicking on a hyperlink jumps to a different document hosted elsewhere or to an external website. A cross-reference refers readers from one part of your document to another in the PDF file. Cross-references are useful in documents such as user guides and reference manuals!

Performance support tools can also include FAQs, process maps, checklists and more. VenU clients rely on a number of built-in communication tools, the Content Library and more to put these important job aids in the hands of learners quickly and easily. VenU clients who need assistance leveraging the LMS to deliver Performance Support tools should reach out to their dedicated project manager. Not a VenU™ client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544.

  Ryan Anderson   Jun 12, 2019   News   0 Comment   Read More

VenU Connect™ v7 and VenU Connect NOW™

VenU Connect™ v7 and VenU Connect NOW™

Today, VenU eLearning Solutions announced it’s development of the next generation in eLearning solutions – VenU Connect™ v7 and VenU Connect NOW™. Based on the latest web app technologies, VenU plans a beta release this year with feature enhancements launching in early 2020.

“The idea for VenU has always been to solve critical business problems with technology and to wrap them with professional services to ensure they are executed successfully,” said VenU President and CEO, Tom Doty

VenU Connect NOW™ is a synchronous communication platform, enabling companies to communicate and deliver timely information to their employees and external audiences. The ability to measure participation and effectiveness is groundbreaking. As part of this initiative, VenU has made a significant investment and has enhanced its development team with professionals from the IP telephony and online messaging space. The next generation VenU Connect™ LMS and VenU Connect NOW™ will be unlike anything available on the market today.

“We believe it will be an industry disruptor. We are thinking big and outside the box to create the best new eLearning products”, Doty added.

About VenU: VenU is an eLearning company based in Atlanta, GA whose digital solutions are used by Fortune 500 companies around the world. VenU’s Learning Management System is the culmination of 15 years of development by some of the industry’s leading application designers and developers. The extensive suite of features and functionalities that exist within the platform today are derived from real-world requirements driven by our clients. We’re proud to present a world class learning solution that continues to evolve with the cutting edge of technology.

For more information about how VenU’s suite of eLearning solutions can benefit your organization, Please contact Tasha Mahurin at, 865-207-0207. Or, visit us online at

  Ryan Anderson   May 28, 2019   News   0 Comment   Read More

Traditional Conversion

Traditional Conversion

One of the most frequent questions clients and prospective clients ask is – how do I convert traditional training to online training with a reasonable budget?

Whether the business objective at hand is to streamline the onboarding process for HR, document the completion of mandatory compliance training, track classroom training or update legacy SCORMS – below are some tricks of the trade from our headquarters to yours:

Breakout the whiteboard

For many organizations bringing all onboarding or traditional training online can be a daunting process. We recommend first addressing the business problem at hand and exploring how it can be solved with a digital solution. For many of our clients the initial need relates to increased visibility into training and/or documentation completion – which can often be remedied with the reporting capabilities in the LMS. Often clients need to track compliance training in order to maintain certification. Other times clients simply want to streamline the onboarding process for new hires and eliminate paperwork.

Leverage the tools built-in to your LMS

At the most basic level content must simply be uploaded! Your LMS is likely to have various options for uploading documents and other job aids for learner consumption. V6 features a Content Library for this very reason – clients are using this feature to disseminate compliance documentation, critical sales information, job aids related to brand reinforcement and more. Additionally, there are options for requiring learners to confirm acknowledgement and receipt of documentation – which can then be tracked and reported on through the LMS.

Choose content developers carefully

Many organizations do not have robust learning and delivery teams, so often learning leaders contract instructional design companies to update and restructure content or redevelop legacy SCORMS. This can become an expensive and frustrating process. We recommend considering the following:

  1. Rely on referrals when selecting a vendor. At VenU we’ve worked with a variety of content providers over the last 15 years, and are always happy to provide clients with recommendations.
  2. Learn your LMS’s requirements and capabilities. In some instances, learning objectives can be met without extensive redevelopment of content by simply leveraging the content creation tools within the LMS. If you do find yourself working with a vendor to redevelop SCORMS or other eLearning modules, it’s a good idea to confirm LMS requirements related to versions supported by the LMS and otherwise.
  3. Bridge the vendor gap. Your LMS provider of choice should be more than happy to work with your chosen content provider to ensure any new learning materials you have created or redeveloped are seamlessly integrated into the LMS. Consider a quick virtual meeting to ensure communication between the two.

VenU clients who need assistance in any of these areas should reach out to their dedicated project manager. Not a VenU™ client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544.

  Ryan Anderson   May 09, 2019   News   0 Comment   Read More

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Learning Through Online Training

From social networking to constant mobile connectivity, digital communication dominates every aspect of personal and professional life.

Our clients are leveraging the latest version of our LMS, VenU Connect, to empower learners to collaborate – even within the confines of individual eLearning modules. This type of collaboration provides a human element to online training – even when trainers are not able to meet face-to-face.

Our new course feeds allow learners the opportunity to gain insight from communal knowledge and shared experiences within a moderated group setting in the course itself. And here’s how:

  1. Similar to threads on familiar social media sites, course feeds encourage active user participation and subject matter specific dialogue. While the opportunity to engage other learners provides the user with a remote touchpoint, collaborative learning has also been proven to significantly increase learner retention.
  2. Comprehensive moderation tools allow trainers the ability to ensure that the conversation is appropriate and productive as it relates to the subject matter at hand. This also allows trainers the opportunity to provide additional instruction.
  3. The option to have content pushed to the user’s news feed enables them to remain engaged in the feed even after after course completion. This is proven to increase course traffic and learner dialogue for employee training and increase add-on course sales for customer and channel partner training.

VenU clients who would like to explore VenU Connect™ further should contact their dedicated project manager. Not a VenU client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544.

  Ryan Anderson   Apr 24, 2019   News   0 Comment   Read More

VenU eLearning Solutions elects to join the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework


Due to its global client-base, VenU eLearning Solutions has elected to join the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The program represents a joint effort on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide both U.S. and European-based companies with an opportunity to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States or vice versa. A relatively new initiative, the European Commission confirmed on July 12 that the Privacy Shield Framework was adequate to enable data transfers under EU law.

“Ensuring the security of our clients’ information has been one of our primary focuses for 13 years,” said VenU CEO Tom Doty. “Given the volume of international business we conduct on a daily basis, we immediately recognized the value of this certification.”

The Privacy Shield program is administered by the International Trade Administration (ITA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. To join the Privacy Shield Framework, a U.S.-based organization must self-certify to the Department of Commerce and publicly commit to comply with the Framework’s requirements.

Joining the Privacy Shield Framework is voluntary, however, once an eligible organization makes the public commitment to comply with the Framework’s requirements, the commitment will become enforceable under U.S. law. VenU adds this certification to a list of internal security compliance measures that also includes ISO/IEC 9001 and 27001 certifications from American Global Standards.

For more information on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, visit

About VenU eLearning Solutions: Founded in 2003, VenU develops and hosts Learning Management Systems (LMS) for publicly traded and privately held corporate enterprises –providing both Channel and Talent Management solutions.

  Ryan Anderson   Sep 26, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Massive Open Online Courses


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were first introduced to the eLearning industry in 2008, and became quite popular in 2012. At its core the MOOC was designed to allow open, interactive participation to course materials on the web. Forums provided an opportunity for learners and instructors alike to discuss topics addressed in the online course – allowing peer-to-peer and peer-to-instructor dialogue within what was, at the time, less interactive eLearning.

We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in the concept of collaborative learning amongst our clients at VenU eLearning Solutions recently.

Below are some of the benefits we’ve discovered from the implementation of the collaborative spirit of MOOC’s into an LMS platform:

  • They encourage knowledge sharing among peers. Required forum participation requires the sharing of original thought amongst peers and encourages healthy discussion from topics ranging from brand reinforcement to compliance.
  • Knowledge is retained at a greater capacity when learners draw from their own experience or thoughts.
  • Flexible format allows for more convenient consumption of training – smaller portions of training are delivered to users in a concise manner, followed by a thought-provoking call to action through forum participation.
  • The forum allows leadership to identify motivated employees and gather insight based on the thoughts and knowledge shared during the training, while peer-to-peer knowledge sharing encourages teamwork.
  • MOOC’s are often cost effective. VenU clients have been able to repurpose existing training into this format using built-in content creation tools that exist within the platform.

VenU clients who would like to explore collaborative learning should contact their dedicated project manager. Not a VenU client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544.


  Ryan Anderson   Sep 20, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Developing an Effective eLearning Strategy


Whether your goal is increasing your channel’s product knowledge or ensuring better compliance of your suppliers to regulations and policies, developing an effective eLearning campaign is a critical component of administrating a successful learning management system. With decades of vast experience in providing and managing effective elearning solutions, VenU’s Business Development and Project Management team share some of their insight below:

  • Invest in effective training. While arguably the most expensive component of the process, developing elearning courseware and updating dated training materials will most certainly affect the success of your initiative. Content development is a time-consuming process, so it’s important to remember that many content providers will redevelop legacy content at a fraction of the cost.
  • Promote your training internally. The success of any type of campaign is contingent upon an effective marketing strategy. Take a multi-pronged approach, and promote your initiative through the different communication channels available to you. Remember that mass communication should always target a specific audience and should always lead to action. VenU clients often rely on the integrated mass mailer tool and other communication tools within the LMS to create stylized emails, newsletters, announcements, homepage animations, and HTML formatted site notifications to build excitement for a particular initiative.
  • Make training accessible. In the ever-evolving marketplace, the workforce stays on the go. Therefore, it is more important than ever before that training is accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device – particularly smart mobile devices. Choosing a responsively-designed LMS that offers a robust, yet seamless user experience on mobile devices is paramount. The user interface should be engaging, yet efficient, and easily navigable – content and communications have to flow easily to users regardless of the device used.
  • Incentivize learners. Gamification has been a rising eLearning trend for the last few years. Studies continue to support the evidence that the addition of an incentive into the learning process increases knowledge retention and improves application. If gamification does not fit into your learning culture, consider an alternative incentive for consumption of training – be it through internal acknowledgement, or the implementation of rewards or certification program.
  • Measure results and adjust. No elearning initiative can be successful if it doesn’t provide measureable results. It is important to focus on not just a learner’s outcome, but their activity while consuming training. From the time spent on a particular piece of training to a snapshot of an individual’s learning plan visible, VenU’s robust reporting capability provides stakeholders with the ability to create ad-hoc detailed custom reports along with a full dashboard of standardized reports. This visibility provides you with information that you need to create effective learning plans for individual learners, and to track the success of an entire eLearning campaign. (To learn more about VenU’s approach to BIG Data click here.)

For more information on developing an effective eLearning strategy – current VenU clients should contact their dedicated Project Manager. Not a VenU client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544.


  Ryan Anderson   Jul 28, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

VenU Welcomes Max Herrell

Max HerrellVenU eLearning Solutions is pleased to welcome eLearning industry leader Max Herrell to the VenU team. Herrell will be working closely with VenU on client services and business development initiatives.

“Max will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Tom Doty, CEO of VenU eLearning Solutions. “With more than 20 years of experience, he is poised to make an immediate impact on our business – offering expert insight to VenU clients on the development of their eLearning initiatives, while focusing on new account acquisition.”

Herrell is an expert in the conceptualization of dynamic eLearning projects and training initiatives –which earned him a Brandon Hall Award during his tenure as the Global Manager of Customer Training for GE Transportation. At VenU he will support the company’s business development and client services teams – focusing on account acquisition and consulting on preliminary project management for new accounts.

In addition to 16 years of exemplary work for GE, Herrell is a naval veteran who possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. He looks forward to put utilizing this experience at VenU.

“I look forward to meeting VenU clients and taking the client experience to the next level,” Herrell said.

Please join us in welcoming Herrell to the team!

About VenU:

Founded in 2003, VenU develops and hosts Learning Management Systems (LMS) for large and medium-sized corporate enterprises – predominantly providing Channel Management solutions.

Designed and customized to meet each client’s specific business requirements, the custom-branded VenU Connect™ LMS provides an extremely powerful set of eLearning tools. Built using the latest programming tools and technologies, the LMS employs responsive design throughout its user interface, creating clean webpages and intuitive user experiences that are delivered to “any device – anywhere – anytime.” VenU SCORM Sync™ allows users to leave their office desktop and resume a course on their mobile device – in the same familiar and intuitive user interface. The VenU Connect™ LMS is truly a completely blended learning, communication, social networking, document management, and knowledge sharing solution, all contained and integrated within a single platform.

VenU’s Momentum Program™ is a comprehensive suite of eLearning services, which include dedicated project management, LMS administration and system training, and end-user technical support. VenU’s Momentum Program is used to ensure the success of its client’s eLearning initiatives.

  Ryan Anderson   Jul 13, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

The VenU Approach to BIG Data


Whether you’re focused on compliance, professional development, sales or operations – “Big Data” is the current buzzword taking the eLearning industry by storm. Big Data goes beyond basic pass/fail reporting and provides eLearning professionals with insight into the learner’s behavior while consuming a particular module or training. 

At VenU, we’ve always understood that the success of your learning initiative is contingent upon your ability to drive that success with information collected throughout the platform. Below are a list of ways we continue to make big data work for our clients in the latest release of our enhanced report system:

  • Have training deadlines been thoroughly communicated? Did the email you sent promoting new training material result in content consumed? Our new report home page features side widgets that provide quick, at-a-glance stats regarding current usage trends.
  • For efficient analysis of data – we’ve added a search filter for reports, allowing you to find the information you need quickly, in real-time. Reports can now be customized to provide only the most relevant data – equipping you with the information you need to make confident decisions regarding management and strategy.
  • The heart of Big Data focuses on not just a learner’s outcome, but their activity while consuming training. From the time spent on a particular piece of training to a snapshot of an individual’s learning plan visible in our Course Detail Report, our new report class provides the information that you need to create effective learning plans for the individual – while our Curriculum Report also allows you to track the success of entire learning campaigns with unparalleled detail.
  • Our comprehensive analytics provide insight into the most popular days of the month, the week, day of the week, and hour of the day for site activity – allowing our clients to identify learning trends over time. Information collected from learners such as the most popular browser and operating system give further insight into learner preferences, while popular key words and key phrases help identify online behavior and popular search terms for your platform.

For more information on the latest and greatest – current VenU clients should contact their dedicated Project Manager. Not a VenU client, but want to learn more? Contact us today at 800.596.8544.

  Ryan Anderson   Jun 29, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More