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Brian G. Burton

EDUCATION

University of Missouri-Columbia

2008 – Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Dissertation topic: Collaboration and the use of three dimensional interface within a virtual learning environment and the impact on communication and learning: a case study.  Advisor: Dr. Barbara Martin.

Missouri State University

Completed 22 graduate hours in Computer Information Systems.

1999 – Masters of Science in Secondary Administration.
Completed Seminar research on Differences in Utilization of Technology between Large, Medium, and Small Schools in Missouri.

Abilene Christian University

1992 – Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, Certification in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems; Graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Secondary Education and Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science; Abilene, Texas.

 

EXPERIENCE

Burton’s Garden of Schools
5/99 to present

Headmaster/owner. Beginning in 1999 my wife and I began an online school to provide educational support for home-schooled children. My responsibilities included oversee faculty, curriculum development, website, and technological innovation to improve online educational experiences for K12 students.

Abilene Christian University
8/07 to present

Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas; Teaching courses in Human-Computer Interface, Networking, Network Security, Programming, Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Intermediate Digital Entertainment, Massive Multiplayer Online Game Development and iPhone/iPad/Android Programming. Developed new major and minor in Digital Entertainment Technology in the fields of Game Development, Game Engineering, and Digital Media Production.  Sponsor of Digital Entertainment & Education Developers student organization. iPhone Fellow researching collaboration using mobile devices.  iPad Optimist project leader – Developed Apple iPad application for university newspaper. Named teaching faculty of the year – College of Business/iSchool, 2010 and received the Dean’s award for outstanding research, 2011.

Missouri State University
6/97 to present

Served in various capacities over a fourteen-year period at Missouri State University, each position requiring greater responsibility.  I initially was hired as staff to manage a campus computer lab. I soon began teaching adjunct courses for the Computer Information Systems department.  Upon completion of my master’s degree I was brought on as a full-time lecturer in Computer Information Systems.  While working on my doctorate, I assist the College of Education complete their NCATE accreditation by creating the first of its kind online accreditation website.  After successfully completing NCATE accreditation, I returned to full-time faculty as an Assistant Professor on the West Plains campus where I served as the Distance Learning Coordinator, created and co-chaired the Computer Graphics and Programming degree, chaired the Computer Science/Computer Information Systems department and taught courses in Computer Graphics and Programming, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.  Since leaving Missouri State University, I have maintained a close relationship and occasionally teach online graduate courses for the Computer Information Systems department.  A specific break down of responsibilities follows:

8/04 to present -Adjunct Clinical Graduate Faculty of Computer Information Systems, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Teaching courses in Business Information Systems, Networking fundamentals, Database, Web Design, and graduate courses in Management Information Systems and MBA seminar/thesis course.

12/03 to 12/07 -Assistant Professor/Department Chair of Computer Information Systems/Computer Graphics & Programming/Computer Science/Distance Learning Coordinator, Missouri State University – West Plains, Missouri; Teaching courses in Introduction to Storyboarding for Movies and Games, Graphics Programming I, Graphics Programming II, Introduction to Programming, Windows Programming, Advanced Visual Basic, Java, Flash, Computer Operating System, Network and Data Communications, and Server Operations, and Security and Maintenance.  Created and supervised new degree program in Computer Graphics & Programming department. Provided faculty development and training in distance learning.  Developed and maintained a completion program for students to continue their Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems at the MSU-West Plains campus.

11/01 to 11/03 -Web Coordinator for College of Education, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Collaborate in the design, development and construction of the Professional Education website. Assisted in the organization of accreditation documents and responsible for the development of electronic files in accordance with NCATE Unit Standards, DESE standards and institutional guidelines. Responsibilities also include teaching educational technology courses at the Springfield and West Plains campus.

8/99 to 5/02 -Lecturer for Computer Information System, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Teaching courses in computer literacy, spreadsheets, Introduction to Programming, Windows Programming, Advanced Visual Basic, Introduction to COBOL, Computer Operating System, Network and Data Communications, and Information Systems Capstone courses

6/97 to 5/98 – User Support Specialist, Computer Services, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Supervise and maintain an open campus computer lab.  Duties include upgrading and maintaining computer systems, training and supervising lab assistants, maintaining and training on assistive technology, and assisting students, faculty, and staff in using computer systems.

 

Republic R-III School District
6/98 to 8/99

Director of Technology, Republic, Missouri.  Supervise, direct, coordinate and maintain computer infrastructure for Republic Schools. Duties include supervising employees, training students, planning for future technology trends, maintaining network, servers, and computer systems. Train Faculty and Staff in the use of computers. Assist the Superintendent in planning for future needs. Assist in writing and facilitating grants.

Lake Country Christian School
7/93 to 6/94, 7/95 to 5/97

Computer Coordinator and teacher of Computer Literacy, Computer Applications, and Advanced Placement Computer Programming, Ft. Worth, Texas; Designed and implemented a K-12 computer literacy program, teaching students, teachers, administrators and the community in all aspects of using computers. Developed and implemented internet presence for the school system.

Anderson Christian School
6/94 to 6/95

Computer Coordinator and sixth grade teacher, Anderson, Indiana; Designed and implemented 3rd through 6th grade computer literacy program.

 

Ball State University
1/87 to 4/90

Installation and Maintenance Group Leader, University Computing Services; Oversaw the operations of the Computer Installation and Maintenance areas. Duties included the supervising of a 30 member team in the installation and maintenance of over 14,000 microcomputers and related equipment; Maintain programs necessary for day to day operations; Developed ongoing training for staff and students; Assist with the maintenance of the wide area network; Muncie, Indiana.

 

SUPPORTING DATA

Over twenty-five years programming experience in various languages including: ASP, Visual Basic, C#, COBOL, Flash Actionscript, FORTRAN, HTML, Java, LUA, Pascal, php, and Objective-C.

 PUBLICATIONS

Burton, B. G. (in development, January 2012 release) More mobile app development with Corona. Burtons Media Group, Abilene, Texas.

Burton, B. G. (in development, Winter 2011 release) Game development with Corona SDK: Cross-platform game development for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.  Burtons Media Group, Abilene, Texas.

Burton, B. G., Martin, B.N., (Invited, Accepted) student engagement and the creation of knowledge within a 3D virtual learning environment. In Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education., Ed. S. D’Agustino, IGI Global Publishing.

Burton, B. G. (2011) Beginning mobile app development with Corona.  eTextbook.  Burtons Media Group, Abilene, Texas. ISBN 978-1-937336-02-8

Burton, B. G. (2011) Mobile app development with Corona: Getting started. Burtons Media Group, Abilene, Texas. ISBN 978-1-937336-00-4.

Burton, B. G. (2010) Unity Mobile Generation Education Giveaway. Peer-Reviewed Grant. First Round winner.

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N., Thomas, D. (2010) Collaboration and the use of three dimensional interface within a virtual learning environment. In Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends in Education., Ed. S. D’Agustino. IGI Global Publishing. ISBN 978-1-616-92854-4

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N. (2010) Learning in 3D virtual environments: Collaboration and knowledge spirals. Journal of Educational Computing Research, Vol. 43(2) 259-273.

Burton, B. G., Pybus, K., Lewis, S., Wiggins, M. (2010) Mobile distribution methods for journalism and mass communication.  Mobile Learning Fellows Research Grant.

Burton, B. G. (2009). Collaboration within three dimensional learning environments:  The impact on student success. VDM Publishing. ISBN 978-3-639-17355-0.

Burton, B. G. (2008). Collaboration and the use of three dimensional interface within a virtual learning environment and the impact on communication and learning: a case study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri – Columbia.

Burton, B., Chin, J., and Chin, M., (2007) Classical Epistemology in CIS: A Model for Teaching Programming Logic through Marketing. Global Education Journal, Vol. 2007, Issue 1, pp 24-49.

Burton, B.G. (1998) Differences in utilization of technology in Missouri between large, medium, and small school districts. Masters Seminar paper.

PRESENTATIONS

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N., Robbins, J. (2011) Creation of knowledge and student engagement within personal learning environments. ReLIVE11 Conference, Milton Keynes, England.

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N., Mhlanga, F. S., Robbins, J. (2011) What are the Practices and Challenges of Teaching Mobile Computing at the University Level? American Educational Research Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Brothers, M., Burton. B.G. (2011) Serious games in education, Undergraduate Research Festival. Abilene Christian University

Burton, B. G. (2011) Panelist on mobile applications in journalism. Texas Associated Press Conference, Tyler, TX

Burton, B. G. (2011) Gaming on the go: mobile game development. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Invited Presentation

Burton, B. G. (2011) Panelist on teaching mobile computing courses. ConnectED, Abilene, TX.

Brothers, M.C., Burton, B.G. (2010) Serious games in learning environments. Ronald E. McNair National Research Conference. Lake Delevan, Wisconsin

Burton, B. G., Martin, B.N. (2010) iPhone in the Classroom. Missouri Distance Learning Association Conference, Springfield, MO.

Burton, B. G., Mhlanga, F.S. (2010) Best practices: Teaching mobile computing: practices & pitfalls.  Ed-Media Conference of AACE, Toronto, ON.

Kight, B., Burton, B. G. (2010) Developing the Optimist ipad project. Undergraduate Research Festival. Abilene Christian University.

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N., (2010) Collaboration and the use of Mobile Devices. American Educational Research Association Convention, Denver, CO.

Burton, B.G., Martin, B. N., (2010) Collaboration and 3D Virtual Environments.  American Educational Research Association Convention, Denver, CO.

Burton, B. G., Mhlanga, F. S. (2010) Experiences and direction in teaching an undergraduate course in mobile computing. Southwest EduCause Convention. Austin, TX.

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N., Thomas, D. (2009) Collaboration and the use of three dimensional interface within a virtual learning environment. Presented at American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N. (2009) Using mobile technology for collaboration. Presented at ConnectEd,  Abilene, TX

Burton, B. G., Martin, B. N. (2008) The Use of Three Dimensional Interface within a Virtual Learning Environment and the impact on Student Collaboration and Knowledge Creation. Presented at ReLIVE 08, Milton Keynes, England.

Burton, B. G. (2007) Served on a panel discussion on the educational uses of immersive environments at FuturePlay. Toronto, Canada.

Burton, B., Huff, J. (2007) Development of a gaming degree. Presented at Illinois Online Conference.

Burton, B., Chin, J. (2007) Inclusion of Game concepts in Introductory Programming Courses. Presented at Illinois Online Conference.

Chin, J., Burton, B., Chin, M. (2006) Logic concepts in CIS: a marketing example. Presented at Illinois Online Conference.

Media Appearances

KTXS News (Mar. 3, 2011) “100% Job Placement For Game And App Design Students” http://bigcountryhomepage.com/search-fulltext?nxd_id=349046.

KTXS News, (Feb. 15, 2011). “ACU Offers New Course About Application Development” http://bigcountryhomepage.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=342956.

KTXS News (Apr. 6, 2010) “ACU Launches First Student Paper on iPad” http://bigcountryhomepage.com/search-fulltext?nxd_id=233495.

ACU (Apr, 2010). “The Optimist is first to publish on iPad.” http://www.acu.edu/promise/innovative/ipad_optimist.html

Professional Organization Membership/Service

American Educational Research Association – 2011 to present

ReLIVE – Academic Committee – 2011

Missouri State University – West Plains Advisory Board – 2010 to present.

AACE – 2010 to present.

Association of Computing Machinery – SIGGRAPH – 2005 to present.

International Game Developers Association – 2005 to present.

New Media Consortium – 2007 to present.

The International Arab Journal of Information Technology, Technical Committee – 2009 to present.

Reviewer for Journal of Educational Computing Research – 2009 to present.

Reviewer for Journal of Virtual World Research – 2009 to present.

Reviewer for IGI Global– 2009.

Advisory Director’s Board – Franklin Publishing – 2008 to present.

Reviewer for First International Conference on Networked Digital Technologies (IEEE co-sponsor) – 2009

FuturePlay Conference – Program Committee – 2008, 2010.

International Society for Technology in Education – 2004 to 2007.

Missouri Distance Learning Association – Board Member, 2003 to 2007.

United States Distance Learning Association – 2004 to 2007.

 

Achievements / Awards

Dean’s Outstanding Researcher of the year – College of Business Administration – 2010-2011

Unity Mobile Education grant – 2010

Classroom Teacher of the year – College of Business Administration – 2009-2010

Mobile Technology Fellow – Abilene Christian University – 2008-2009, 2010-2011

Honors College Research Grant – Abilene Christian University – 2009

Cisco CCNA Instructor certified.

Missouri Teacher Certificate in Secondary Administration.

Texas Teacher Certificate in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems.

Graduated Cum Laude from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.

Member of Alpha Chi Honorary Fraternity.

Member of Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Fraternity.

 

University Service

McNair student mentor – 2010-11

iSchool Recruitment Committee – 2010 to present

iSchool Student Outcomes/Accreditation Committee – 2010 to present

iSchool Graduate Programs Committee – 2010 to present

iSchool IT undergraduate Program Committee – Chair – 2010 to present

iSchool Distance Learning Committee – Chair – 2010 to present

College of Business Student Life Committee, ACU – 2009 to present

Admissions Advising Committee, ACU – 2008 to present

Faculty Admissions Committee, ACU – 2008 to present

Distance Learning Committee – Chair, MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2007.

Distance Learning Coordinator, Missouri State University – West Plains, 2004 to 2007.

Information Technology Committee – member, MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2007.

Safety & Parking Committee – member, MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2007.

Faculty Evaluation Committee – member, MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2007.

Faculty Handbook Revision Committee – member, MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2007.

Instructional Technology Advisory Subcommittee – member, MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2007

Online Services Committee – member, MSU – West Plains, 2005 to 2007.

Representative for SMSU – West Plains on Distance Education Task Force – 2004 to 2005.

Representative for SMSU – West Plains at Missouri Legislative Roundtable on Distance Learning – 2004 through 2005.

Capstone Development Committee – MSU – West Plains, 2004 to 2005.

VESTA Program. Assisted with data collection and distance learning for VESTA Grant.  2004 to 2005.

e-Portfolio training for College of Education students, Southwest Missouri State University – West Plains, Spring, 2004.

NCATE/MoDESE Leadership Team, December, 2001 to November 2003.

Webmaster for NCATE accreditation and College of Education, December, 2001 to November, 2003.

Member of the Committee to Develop Student Portfolios for the PEU, August, 2002 to November, 2003.

Member of College of Education Technology Committee, July, 2002 to November, 2003.

 

Local/Community Presentations

Regularly present at campus events on mobile application development, mobile research, and distance learning, including at ACU Connections events on Mobile Learning initiative.

Burton, B. G., Lewis, S., Pybus, K., Wiggins, M (2010) Romancing the app: How four faculty members and 12 students from three departments moved the Optimist to the iPad in 60 days. Presented for Faculty Enrichment, ACU.

Burton, B. G. (2009) The use of three-dimensional interface within a virtual learning environment and the impact on student collaboration and knowledge creation. Presented for Faculty Enrichment, ACU.

Burton, B. G. (2008) The call for Christian leadership in digital entertainment. Presented at Summit, ACU.

Burton, B. G., Childers, J., Dickson, K. (2008) Talking Pictures – How to Podcast – 2008.

Burton, B. G. (2008) Digital entertainment: getting ready for the future.  Presented at Abilene High School.

Burton, B. G. (2007) Panelist on discussion of podcast delivery of course content.

Burton, B., Huff, J. (2007) Computer Graphics & Programming, it’s all about the game.  Presented  to Waynesville Technical Academy.  Waynesville, MO.

Burton, B., Huff, J. (2007) Computer Graphics & Programming degree, where we are going. Presented  to Friends of the Garnett Library. West Plains, MO.

Burton, B., Huff, J. (2005) Career opportunities in Computer Graphics and Game Programming. Presented  to regional high school counselors at Missouri State University – West Plains.

Burton, B., Huff, J. (2005) Multiple presentations to regional high schools about the Computer Graphics & Programming degree at Southwest Missouri State University – West Plains.

Burton, B. (January, 2005) Pedagogy for Online Learning. Presented to SMSU – West Plains faculty for faculty development.

Burton, B. (Sept. -Oct, 2004) Using Camtasia for Distance Learning. Presented to SMSU – West Plains faculty for faculty development multiple times.

Burton. B. (Aug. 2004) Introduction to Camtasia for Distance Learning.  Present to SMSU- West Plains faculty at faculty development.

Burton, B. (2004) Instructional CD for SMSU – West Plains Distance Learning Students.  CD was distributed to over 200 students at attending online courses at the West Plains campus.

Burton, B. (2004) Career Day at Norwood High School. Norwood, Missouri.

Burton, B., Craig, C., & Hough, D. (2003) NCATE/MoDESE Accreditation Visit. Presented to various University and Community groups in preparation for NCATE/MoDESE accreditation visit.

Burton, B. & Eslinger, K. (2003) Educational Administration in Ava, Missouri. Presented to Educational Administration, Southwest Missouri State University

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