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Brian Burton, Ed. D.

Associate Professor at Abilene Christian University / Burtons Media Group

Abilene, United States

Researching and teaching VR, AR, & STEM for game, learning, social, personalization, and serious applications. Focused on using VR environments and worlds for online learning and communication.

Associate Professor responsible for leading, developing, and implementing the Digital Entertainment Technology degree at ACU. DET is ranked as a top game development degree by Princeton Review for the past several years. Digital Entertainment Technology comprises game development, animation, and special effects/cinematic. Developed pedagogy and curriculum content for the DET major. Experienced department chair.

Trainer and author of textbooks on game and mobile app development using Amazon Lumberyard, Corona SDK, and Unity.
Author of: "Learning Mobile Application & Game Development with Corona", "Beginning Mobile App Development with Corona", and the "Game Development Fundamentals" series teaching Amazon Lumberyard.

Specialty: Explaining complex technical concepts in easy to understand lessons by creating andragogy/pedagogy, providing vision, leadership, teaching, and training in technology fields such as mobile applications, programming, VR, virtual worlds, game development, and serious games.

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/drbburton

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Texas, USA
Speaking Topics: Future of Learning, Virtual Reality, Serious Games

Brian Burton, Ed. D.Points
Academic185
Author286
Influencer23
Speaker11
Entrepreneur40
Total545

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Digital Entertainment Technology - Game Dev, Cinema, Mobile App, VR/AR, Online Learning, Instruction
Theatre: North America & UK
Media Experience: 20+ years
Last Media Training: 07/09/2018
Last Media Interview: 09/22/2016

Areas of Expertise

AR/VR 52.31
Design Thinking 43.75
Digital Disruption 37.23
Digital Transformation 33.47
Edtech 100
Emerging Technology 51.19
Entrepreneurship 39.73
Future of Work 34.03
Innovation 40.25
Leadership 33.73
Mobility 48.06
Lean Startup 45.05

Industry Experience

Higher Education & Research
Media
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Publications

2 Adjunct Professors
Adjunct Faculty for Digital Media
Lubbock Christian University
May 10, 2019
Adjunct Faculty teaching courses in Digital Media for Lubbock Christian University. Designed and developed online courses.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Edtech, Emerging Technology

Adjunct Faculty for Graduate Computer Information Systems
Missouri State University
May 16, 2014
Adjunct Faculty teaching graduate courses in Computer Information Systems for Missouri State University. Designed and developed an online seminar course as well as courses in MIS, Databases, and Networking

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

7 Article/Blogs
Unity Cinematics Part 4: The Power of Post-processing
MyVRProfessor.com
January 02, 2020
A blog series on how to create real-time CGI/animation using the Unity game engine.
In this article, we discuss the options available in post-processing.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

The Future of Online Learning – The Great Convergence
Burtons Media Group
January 02, 2020
Online Learning is about to experience a convergence of fields. This convergence is being brought about by the advancements in multiple fields: Game Design, Instructional Design, Storytelling, and WebXR.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Edtech, Emerging Technology

Unity Cinematics Part 2: Real-time Animation with Unity
MyVRProfessor.com
December 20, 2019
A blog series on how to create real-time CGI/animation using the Unity game engine.
In this article, we configure Unity to handle real-time animation and camera work.

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Tags: AR/VR, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Unity Cinematics Part 2: Real-time Lighting with Unity
MyVRProfessor.com
December 17, 2019
A blog series on how to create real-time CGI/animation using the Unity game engine.
In this article, we configure Unity to handle real-time lighting for improved performance.

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Tags: AR/VR, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Unity Cinematics Part 1: Creating Real-time CGI with Unity
MyVRProfessor.com
December 16, 2019
A blog series on how to create real-time CGI/animation using the Unity game engine.

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Tags: AR/VR, Digital Transformation, Innovation

How to Install Your Unity Game on Oculus Quest or Oculus Go
MyVRProfessor.com
December 13, 2019
A blog article on how to configure your Unity 3D game and install it for testing on the Oculus Go or Oculus Quest.

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Tags: AR/VR, Edtech, Emerging Technology

Pedagogy for VR
My VR Professor
November 18, 2019
Blog Series on using VR for learning

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Future of Work

5 Books
Creating Multiplayer VR Games with Unity
Burtons Media Group
December 01, 2020
Creating Multiplayer VR Games with Unity walks through the full process of creating an authoritative Client/Server Virtual Reality game.
Using open-source or freely available tools you will learn the process of communicating with a server and handling game events.

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Tags: AR/VR, Design Thinking, Edtech

Beginning Mobile App Development with Corona SDK
Burtons Media Group
February 14, 2020
An eTextbook that introduces to mobile application and game development for people and student who have experience programming but are new to mobile application development.

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Tags: Edtech, Emerging Technology, Mobility

Game design fundamentals with Amazon Lumberyard
Burtons Media Group
July 31, 2018
An introduction to the game development pipeline using Amazon Lumberyard. Teaches 3D modeling, texturing, and game development.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Edtech

Learning Mobile Application & Game Development with Corona SDK
Burtons Media Group
July 01, 2016
Introduction to Mobile Application & Game Development using the Corona SDK. Widely used textbook teaching the fundamentals of designing, programming, and publishing mobile applications.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Disruption, Edtech

Creating Cinema with Unity 3D
Burtons Media Group
January 01, 1970
Textbook on the process of developing cut scenes and film using Unity 3D Game Engine

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

2 Book Chapters
Creation of Knowledge and Student Engagement within Virtual Worlds.
Springer Publishing
July 01, 2013
Using 3D Virtual Environments for learning and teaching. Examines the process of knowledge creation and retention with student engagement.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Edtech, Future of Work

Student engagement and the creation of knowledge within a 3D virtual learning environment
IGI Global Publishing
December 03, 2012
In Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education., Ed. S. D’Agustino

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Edtech

2 Conference Publications
An examination of the outcomes of gamification when used in a university level classroom
American Educational Research Association
February 17, 2020
A research presentation on the impact of gamification in the university classroom.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Transformation, Edtech

The Second Generation of Teaching Mobile Computing: Practices and Pitfall
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
July 01, 2014
Reflections and lessons learned from teaching mobile application development.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Edtech, Future of Work

1 Founder
CEO
Burtons Media Group
January 09, 2009
CEO of Burtons Media Group - a publisher for digital media; games, ebooks, etextbooks, videos, real-time CGI and more

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Lean Startup

3 Journal Publications
The Journal of Literacy & Technology - Guest Issue on Suddenly Online
The Journal of Literacy and Technology
September 01, 2020
Co-editor of guest issue of The Journal of Literacy & Technology covering on Suddenly Online

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Edtech, Future of Work

Learning in 3D virtual environments: Collaboration and knowledge spirals
Journal of Educational Computing Research
February 17, 2020
The purpose of this case study was to determine if learning occurred within a 3D virtual learning environment by determining if elements of collaboration and Nonaka and Takeuchi's (1995) knowledge spiral were present. A key portion of this research was the creation of a Virtual Learning Environment. This 3D VLE utilized the Torque Game Engine provided by Garage Games and a content pack created by BraveTree Productions, LLC. By creating this 3D didactic constructivist virtual environment, conversations were observed for collaborative and knowledge creation elements. Data for this mixed-design case study were gathered through three sources: the 3D virtual environment; a survey created by the researchers; and follow-up interviews. Findings revealed that the five forms of collaboration (Elementary Clarification, In-Depth Clarification, Inference, Judgment, and Application) amplified the knowledge creation process and indeed occurred within the virtual learning environment. It was also determined that all four modes for knowledge creation (socialization, externalization, combination, and internalization) were observed as well.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Edtech

Knowledge creation and student engagement within 3D virtual worlds. International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality
International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality
January 09, 2017
Examined in this 3D Virtual World case study was undergraduate student engagement on a learning task and student creation of knowledge. After creating a 3D didactic constructivist virtual world, student conversations were recorded for analysis using Hara, Bonk, and Angeli’s (2000) engagement framework and Nonaka and Takeuchi’s (1995) knowledge creation theory. The five forms of student engagement augmented the learning process and a complete knowledge spiral was documented, emphasizing the use of the four modes of knowledge conversion. Though limited in time and scope, results further suggest that a highly engaged community of learners was created

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Edtech

2 Media Interviews
Top-ranked Game Design major
KXVA
October 08, 2019
Television interview regarding the game design program that I founded and built being included in the top 50 undergraduate degree programs in the world for the last 4 years.

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Tags: Edtech, Emerging Technology, Innovation

ACU ranked top game design program in Texas
KTXS
October 03, 2019
Television interview regarding the game design program that I founded and built being included in the top 50 undergraduate degree programs in the world for the last 4 years.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Edtech, Emerging Technology

2 Panels
AWS Office Hours: Gamification
AWS Educate
April 22, 2020
Served as an expert panelist on the topic of gamification for K12 and higher education for the suddenly online transition

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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Disruption, Edtech

Ethics in the digital age
Christian Scholar’s Conference
June 07, 2019
A business panel on the impact of technology on ethics and potential implications.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

2 Podcasts
Corona Geek
Corona Labs
November 16, 2016
A weekly podcast on developing mobile applications and games with Corona SDK from 2011 through 2016.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Mobility

Say Something Smart
Corona Labs
August 13, 2015
Hosts Angel Rodriguez, professional gamer and speaker, and Stephanie Whitlow, marketing producer for Reactuate Games, discuss in the ends and outs of gaming with various industry insiders and outsiders.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

3 Professors
Associate Professor of Digital Entertainment and Information Technology
Abilene Christian University
May 10, 2016
Founded, developed, and teach in the internationally ranked game design degree at ACU. Specializing in VR, WebXR, Real-time CGI, and Serious Games.

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Tags: AR/VR, Innovation, Leadership

Department Chair/Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics & Programming/Computer Information Systems/Computer Science
Missouri State University - West Plains
December 14, 2007
Dept. Chair and co-founder of the Computer Graphics & Programming degree at Missouri State University - West Plains, one of the first game design programs in the USA.
Also taught Java, Game Design, Networking, C#, and Level Design.

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Tags: Edtech, Innovation, Leadership

Lecturer of Computer Information Systems
Missouri State University
December 01, 2004
Lecturer teaching Computer Information Systems - Intro to Computer Information Systems, Excel, Databases, Networking, COBOL, Management Information Systems, and Programming

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Tags: Edtech, Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship

1 Speaking Engagement
How to deploy your VR app to the Oculus Quest
CSGC
April 17, 2020
A 'live' tutorial on how to prepare your virtual reality application and sideload it onto the Oculus Quest or Oculus Go.
Presented at the Computer Simulation and Gaming Conference.

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Edtech

1 Video
Making Movies with Game Engies
CSGC Conference
April 18, 2020
A walkthrough of using the Unity game engine to create movies and animated sequences.
At the Unity Unite 2017 in Austin, Texas, Mathieu Muller presented an inspiring video where he created a simple film short in 30 minutes.
Since then Unity has changed a lot. This is a tutorial that updates the process in Unity for Unity 2019.2.
You can see the full blog post that goes into more detail on https://MyVRProfessor.com

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Edtech

2 Webinars
Tips & tricks for the gamification of your class
AWS Educate
April 22, 2020
An introduction to gamification for those who are "suddenly online" and how to incorporate gamification into the classroom and online.
Includes a reflection on the future of online learning and where online education is headed.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Emerging Technology, Edtech

Mobile Application Development
Burtons Media Group
January 01, 2011
Multiple training and speaking events on how to create mobile applications.

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Tags: Edtech, Emerging Technology, Mobility

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Online transition/gamification/learning in virtual environments

Location: USA, UK, NZ, AU, CA or Virtual    Date Available: May 18th, 2020    Fees: Negotiable

Submission Date: April 25th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

Available as a speaker, panelist, or to provide a keynote in the areas of online transition, gamification, learning in virtual environments, mobile app development, and game design

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