Prof receives software grant from Corona Labs

Posted September 30, 2013

Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor in the School of Information 
Technology & Computing (SITC), has received a software grant valued at 
nearly $18,000 from Corona Labs of Palo Alto, 

“Corona is incredibly easy to learn and use, and has allowed us to create 
high quality cross-platform apps for both Apple and Android devices in a 
fraction of the time,” says Burton.

Burton first learned of Corona SDK several years ago, 
while searching better, more robust tools to teach mobile computing classes 
where students learn to make apps for Apple and Android smartphones and 

After using Corona SDK for a short time and noting the lack of educational 
materials in the field of mobile computing, Burton decided to write a 
textbook about mobile development using Corona SDK. Writing the textbook 
allowed Burton and the SITC to develop a working relationship with Corona 

In October 2012, business and SITC students from ACU visited Corona Labs 
during a trip to 
Silicon Valley. This trip provided students with great insight into 
start-up culture and cultivated a persistent passion for technical 

“We’re pleased to offer this grant to provide more opportunities for 
students at ACU, as they continue to impress us with their creativity and 
innovation in app development," says David Rangel, COO of Corona Labs. 
“Teaching institutions around the world, from the Academy of Art in San 
Francisco to the University of Bedfordshire in the UK, have relied on 
Corona SDK to teach mobile development."

Corona SDK, will be used in SITC curriculum for classes in mobile computing 
and game development, including an online dual credit course on mobile 
application development this spring.

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