Prof receives software grant from Corona LabsPosted 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, Calif.
“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 tablets.
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 Labs.
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 the start-up culture and cultivated a persistent passion for technical development.
“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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