Learn How To Make Mobile Apps: FREE Charles Sturt Uni Online Short Course

Got a great idea for an app or game? It’s easier than you think to get started. Australia’s Charles Sturt University will soon kick off its next open online course. Learn to write/release apps across iOS, Android and Windows via five weeks of after-hours webinars and 12 hours of structured work. By the end, you’ll be able to build your own app and earn a certificate after passing the final exam. Join 2,400 students who’ve already registered free. Here’s what you need to know.

Fun fact: Mobile app development accounts for 9.4% of Information and communications technology (ICT) jobs in Australia and this figure is still growing.

This short course will introduce students to PhoneGap, an open-source framework which allows you to write code once, and deploy across the mobile platforms mentioned above.

PhoneGap (owned by Adobe since 2011) lets you develop apps using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript and port those apps to all the major mobile platforms. Prior web development experience is ideal, but the truth is you can pick that up along the way.

You’ll even learn how to integrate a phone’s GPS, compass and camera hardware.

Read the course schedule here.

The short course will run over 5 weeks in November and December 2014 with lectures being delivered via weekly after hours webinars. Recordings of the webinars will be available for when you’re unable to tune into the live lecture stream. In-between the webinars, you will be asked to complete 10-12 hours of study.

Week five’s exam will be a timed, open book test that you will sit at your computer.

Those who pass our exam will receive a certificate of achievement for the short course,
from IT Masters and Charles Sturt University.

Register for free right here.

Your instructor is Steve Gregory. A software developer for the past 20 years, he began his career as a Research Scientist at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre at the University of Qld, before working in London and Silicon Valley in the startup scene during the dotcom boom. After a successful buyout by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, Steve moved back to Australia where he formed his own software development company. Steve is passionate about sharing knowledge and has been an industry based, part time university lecturer since 1999.

The free course is self-contained, but also actually a subsection of an upcoming subject in Charles Sturt University’s brand new Master of Mobile App Development which opens to enrollments in March 2015. Serious remote education, on your schedule.

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