Christian & Spielvogel
Flip Learning is a digital publishing and distribution platform that allows instructors, authors, and publishers to invert or "flip" traditional educational content into game-based, interactive learning environments. Our wizard (think Ning) enables content developers and providers to easily create or convert existing resources into multiplayer, role-playing simulations and gamified textbooks.
Our platform allows students to experience their modularized textbooks from two perspectives—one of a student and one of a character in a multiplayer role-playing simulation. Unlike print and retrofitted web-based textbooks that limit a student's role to passive reader, we embed leaderboards, achievement levels, and progress meters to harness the power of collaboration and competition to allow students to apply what they read in imaginative role-play. Our innovative technology visually rotates as students switch from playing a character in a multiplayer simulation to reading textbook material and debriefing with classmates in an online teaching environment. Teachers and professors author, facilitate, and participate in the textbook alongside their students. An instructor or publisher can select from a library of completed simulations or use our wizard to design and upload their own content to create stand-alone simulations, gamified chapters, or fully integrated, interactive e-textbooks.
Christian Spielvogel (Ph.D., Penn State University) is associate professor of Communication at Hope College. His social media projects have been funded from a variety of foundations and associations in the United States, and his research has appeared in international journals in the fields of digital media and learning, communication studies, and American history. He is the author of ValleySim, a role-playing simulation on the American Civil War that was featured in Campus Technology Magazine and Education Week.
Laura Spielvogel (Ph.D., Yale University) is associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at Western Michigan University. She is the author of a book on Japanese culture, titled Working Out in Japan, and is the 2011 recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award at WMU. She has developed and piloted our second prototype, A Marriage of Cultures, which has been used by over 1000 students to date.