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.
If you are an instructor click here to create an account. Use the registration code: "cmu" (no quotes)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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