Classroom Salon is NOT a course management system. However, it encourages instructors to rethink how we use course management systems today. A course management system is a content repository that is designed to help manage your class. Some course management systems contain tools to manage learning, but they are difficult to use. Our view of a traditional content management system is that they are designed from a top-down perspective. That is course > Units > Content ==> Users etc
On the other hand, Salon is designed from a bottom-up perspective to make learning content more interactive and easy to use. With a content-centric architecture, Salon can keep track of all the learning that occurs in the context of a specific media. In other words, we encourage instructors to think of why and how a specific media element (document or video) is used in the course, and build interactive exercises (as a new layer) in the context of the media.
Using Salon folders, the rich media can be aggregated into meaningful units. Most instructors use salon as their only platform. But some instructors take advantage of familiar course structure available within standard course management systems and use Salon in conjunction with course management systems.