Interpretation is Social
Classroom Salon is a document and video annotation platform that provides deep insights into individual and group learning using data visualizations and analytics.
Classroom Salon will present a special session at Flipped Learning Conference in Learn how Salon can be your tool to implement "flipped classrooms".
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June 23-25, 2014
HP Catalyst Academy is a new institution that offers short courses to introduce classsroom innovations a largeteacher audiences. The courses will offer free certification to teachers. Learn how Salon can be your tool to implement "flipped classrooms" in the Catalyst Academy course.
April 15, 2013
Aaron Sams, founder of the flipped learning network presents flipped learning at Three Rivers Technology in Education Conference. Learn how Salon can be your tool to implement "flipped classrooms".
Nov 15, 2012
A WORDLE! This wordle is produced from over 33,000+ annotations made by students taking Anatomy and Physiology class at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Spring 2012. An amazing insight into what students are thinking, collectively! More to come!
May 20, 2012
As educational content moves increasingly digital, one of the big pushes is to rethink highlighting and margin notes. On the downside, these capabilities are seen as table stakes. If students can’t do with their digital textbooks what they can already do with their analog textbooks, then that’s a step backward. On the more!
May 7, 2012
Neuroscience is finding that today's multitasking digital media environment is changing students' brains, in positive and negative ways, and will transform teaching, education and learning. Explore how the Internet affects students' brains, focus and behavior; how apps, video games and social networks are being used to rethink learning, teaching and interventions; and how new cognitive computer games can improve student learning, memory, attention, reading, math and science skills. read more Your browser does not support this audio format.
Mar 06, 2012
In the Media
Herb Simon, a Nobel Laureates from Carnegie Mellon was a proponent of good teaching. Recently CMU estaablished a new Simon initiative to support data driven education. Classroom Salon together with Pittsburgh Science and learning Center and Eberly Center for learning were among the projects showcasing their innovative next generation learning projects. We believe that analytics must play a major role in the future of education. Read more...
November 01, 2013
An article co-written by English Professor David Kaufer and his CMU research collaborators Ananda Gunawardena (Computer Science), Aaron Tan (CS), and Alexander Cheek (Design) was one of the top downloaded articles in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication in 2011Full article.
JUNE 27, 2012
Apple's entrance into ebook market may provide a boost to one area company trying to get off the ground. Full article.
JAN 27, 2012
Classroom Salon, a social networking application developed by Carnegie Mellon researchers enagages students in online learning communities and effectively tap into collective intelligence of groups...
SEP 30, 2011

In a recent study at Princeton University, classroom salon data from Prof. Miles McCrimmon Class was used to analyze specific connections among salon users. The data was analyzed using Docuscope and several other techniques. The results were presented at a Princeton University researchh symposium.
May 1, 2014
In a recent study funded by Gates Foundation, conducted at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with over 1000 test subjects and analyzed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) the following findings were highlighted. In Biology, Classroom Salon use predicts the points earned by students for performance on course work and adds .04 explanation of variance to the overall model. Classroom Salon is also positively related to engagement in lecture in Biology 35% said other students helped their thinking
Feb 1, 2013
The goal of Classroom Salon is to bring some of the benefits of social media—the expression of personal identity and community—to writing classrooms. See the full paper.
JAN 1, 2012
In two studies with 699 people, working in groups of two to five, we find converging evidence of a general collective intelligence factor that explains a group’s performance on a wide variety of tasks. See the full paper.
NOV 15, 2011
How Does it work?

Classroom Salon is a new kind of a learning management system. It is developed by two professors from Carnegie Mellon University, Ananda Gunawardena a Computer Scientist, and David Kaufer, an English Professor. Today it has become a comprehensive platform to "flip learning on its head". Today, Salon is used by over tens of thousands of invitation only teachers and students all over the world.

Salon is an innovative, smart, social and data driven learning platform. It is like facebook, twitter, blackboard all combined elegantly into create a new kind of a learning system. Unlike a standard course management system, salon is designed from a content-centric point of view. All activities in your course are centered around interactive content. Your course documents and videos in salon can be annotated with location or frame specific markups. Salon software can aggregate all markups to show where students are having trouble or find interesting things. Instead of presenting trivial facts in class, you can now focus on material that matters. Because Salon is analytics driven, you can use salon to design assessments that really test student mastery of material. Salon gives you comprehensive reports at document/video level, salon level, or individual user level. Using these reports you can reward students, who actively participate in class, who helps other students, or students whose comments have been valued by other students. Classroom Salon contains thousands of public salons that can be adopted in seconds. Adopted salons give you documents and videos that have been used by other instructors. You can use them as they are or simply replace some of them with your own media. Adopted salons can be customized to fit your course needs by adding your own tags, prompts and users.

Classroom Salon is an analytics driven social learning platform. Static Course content becomes dynamic media where students discuss them in the "context". Listen to why analytics is important to make good decisions about your class

Integrating Salon to your course takes only a few minutes. You create a salon, invite members, post documents and videos, and build interactive activities around these documents and videos. Students are then asked to read material or watch videos, make annotations or respond to prompts. Students can perform these tasks in individual mode or in a discussion mode where they have access to other annotations. Salon aggregates all annotations into "hotspots" that shows what paragraphs or video frames students find interesting. You can also use salon filters to understand specific areas of the content that can create interesting discussions in class. There is no reason to wonder if students read the material or watch the videos before class. Salon gives you user analytics like no other. You will know which students are doing the work, where students are having trouble, what topics to cover in class etc. Salon is also an amazing communication tool. Students ask questions about material in its context. You or other students can respond to questions. There is only one place that a student raise a question about course material. It is in the context.

Salon provides an engaging, interactive and data driven platform. You bring the content. Salon's ability to track learner analytics like no other tool makes it an easy choice for thousands of instructors. If you are in education, training, K-12, higher education, or corporate training, you need classroom salon.

Signing Up

If you are an instructor click here to create an account. Use the registration code: "cmu" (no quotes) and
Email to activate your account to receive instructor reports and the ability to create student accounts. If you are a student click here to create an account. Use the registration code: "popcity" (no quotes) and ask your instructor for salon link to join or search for the salon by name. It takes only a few minutes to get started. Salons, documents and videos are reusable

The Team
Interaction Design

Technical Lead

Publisher Dev.
Ananda Gunawardena
David Kaufer
Alex Cheek

Dev Doshi
Aaron Tan
Rupinder Paul Khandpur
Aditya Bandaru
Eric Cheek
Tharanga Gamathige
Elizabeth Keller
Wong Gu Kang
Peter Appleby
Krys Genter
Mohamed Soudy


Eric Cooper
Gary Miller
Randy Harper

Joanna Wolfe (CMU)
John Barr (Ithaca College)
Raja Sooriamurthi (CMU)
Randy Weinberg (CMU)
Ari Lightman (CMU)
Reed McManigle (CMU tech transfer)
Babs Carryer (CMU Olympus)

Classroom Salon is funded by the National Science Foundation, Gates Foundation/Educause in next generation learning innvotations grant, Heinz Foundation (through Carnegie Tech. Transfer), Innovation Works and i6 innovation grants and many of the supporters of Carnegie Mellon University.