Interpretation is Social
Reimagine your course. Make course documents and videos socially more engaging and effective. Drive your pedagogical strategy using data visualization and analytics.
Classroom Salon is one of the most tweeted brands last year. Join Classroom Salon today. Find us at Twitter @classroomsalon
July 15, 2014
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
Now you can access classroom salon on your mobile device. Simply point your phone, ipad or tablet browser to All your salon activities are now accessible on the go. Respond to each other and build communities, all from the convenience of your mobile device.
Sept 20, 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
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
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 a recent study at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Prof. Anja Blecking used Classroom Salon technology is an integral part of modern education and has long been used to facilitate student access to course material like textbooks and homework sites. This chapter introduces technology that combines the qualities of a social media application and analytical functions that can be utilized to assess student engagement and learning through textual annotations. This chapter also explores the possibilities the platform offers to increase student success in large preparatory chemistry classes through content-focused student interaction and formative instructor feedback
July 1, 2015
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
About Salon

In 2008, Professors Ananda Gunawardena a Computer Scientist, and David Kaufer, a humanist, teamed up to build a platform to understand how students engage with course documents and videos, both individually and socially. The work was based on years on research on text analysis, machnine learning, learning sciences and human computer interaction research. The goal of the platform was to enable interaction in the context of documents and videos using annotations. The platform then aggregates, analyze and present visualizations of user annotations to understand "hotspots" of content that then becomes the focus on conversations and learning. It is an ideal platform to use for flipped education.

Salon is used by over tens of thousands of invitation only teachers and students all over the world. The tool is used in many ways that was never imagined in 2008. That is the innovation in Salon.

Integrating Salon to your course is easy. You create a salon, add members, post documents and videos, and invite members to annotate content. You can even email or embed salon activity links in your webpage. Salon aggregates all annotations into density and semantic "hotspots". There is no reason to wonder if students read the material before/in/after class. Salon gives you 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. Since you have the option of keeping salon transparent, you or other students can respond to questions. There is no need search for an answer or wonder what the question is all about. It is all there in the context. Salon is discipline independent. 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 or training, K-12, higher education, or even corporate training, you need classroom salon. Embed/integrate salon activity links to your existing course environment.

Email for a free instructor or student registration code. It is easy to adopt but yet very powerful

The Team
Interaction Design

Technical Lead

Publisher Dev.
Ananda Gunawardena
David Kaufer
Alex Cheek

Openarc Systems, LK
Aaron Tan
Rupinder Paul Khandpur
Aditya Bandaru
Dev Doshi
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 through next generation learning innovations grant, Heinz Foundation (through Carnegie Tech. Transfer), Innovation Works and i6 innovation grants.