- Chris Spielvogel
Chris Spielvogel is Founder of Flip Learning, a leading expert on digital gaming and learning, and Associate Professor of Communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Chris’s research has appeared in international journals in the fields of digital media, gaming, and learning, communication studies, and American history, while his recent book, Interpreting Sacred Ground: The Rhetoric of National Civil War Parks and Battlefields (University of Alabama Press, January 2013), examines the public memory of the Civil War. Chris’s innovations have been funded by a variety of foundations and agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Institute of Education Sciences. He is also the author of Valley Sim, a massively multiplayer simulation on the Civil War that has been featured on C-SPAN2, Education Week, Campus Technology Magazine, and a variety of other national news outlets.
- Laura Ginsberg Spielvogel
Laura Ginsberg Spielvogel is Co-Founder of Flip Learning and an expert in the fields of public anthropology, digital humanities, and gender and women's studies. She has created a web-based, role-playing simulation on Japanese culture, where students play characters in a fictional wedding between a Japanese women and an American man, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including awards from the Kauffman Foundation and NEH. Laura was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University (2010-2011) and was named Faculty Fellow by the Lee Honors College at WMU (2012). She has published a book, entitled Working Out in Japan: Shaping the Female Body in Tokyo Fitness Clubs (Duke University Press, 2003), as well as articles in The Electronic Journal of Communication, Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, The International Journal of Learning and Media and a series of works of creative non-fiction.
- Ben Routson
Ben Routson is Lead Developer for the Flip Learning platform and has over 6 years of experience building custom applications using OOP PHP for startups and enterprise environments and leveraging the latest MVC Frameworks (Symony2, Zend, SIim) while using many cutting-edge tools to speed the development processes (Doctrine2, notORM, composer, GIT, SVN, github, bitbucket). Ben has integrated custom applications with both self-built RESTful APIs as well as popular APIs (Facebook Graph API, Twitter API, Twilio API, Yahoo API), utilizes Agile/Scrum and extreme programming methodologies, and uses a variety of project management tools like Jira, Greenhopper, Bamboo, Basecamp, Pivotal Tracker, and Version One.
- Steve Miller
- Joe Davenport
Joe Davenport is Director of Digital Media for Flip Learning and has over 10 years of experience developing documentaries, advocacy films, and educational videos. A talented illustrator, animator, writer, and filmmaker, “Joe D” has produced and edited documentaries for public television, short films about conservation, and numerous videos for Florida nonprofits, along with Flip Learning’s numerous digital assets.
- Kate Hunter
Kate Hunter is a Marketing and Faculty Outreach Associate for Flip Learning, and recently graduated from Kalamazoo College with degrees in English and Psychology. Her senior thesis, comprised of original and ‘found’ poetry, was centered around the life and death of a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska in 1993, and more widely on the implications of identifying as transgender in the rural Midwest. Kate’s previous experience includes an internship at a nonprofit immigration law firm, as well as previous positions working with multiple digital platforms, such as QuickBooks, SPSS Statistics, and AbacusLaw.