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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