Brent Simpson

Brent Simpson

Work experience

Work experience
2005 - 2007

Interface/Interaction Designer, Instructional Technologist and Researcher

eXe Project, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Tairawhiti Polytechnic

The eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) is an Open Source project funded by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. I helped develop the original grant proposal for the University of Auckland and have since been involved in all aspects of the conceptual and architectural design, web design and programming, interface/interaction design, as well as support, and resource development and training. This project is on its second round of funding and is currently sponsored by AUT and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. I am currently co-authoring a report for the NZ government around issues of sustainability for Open Source projects in higher education as well as beginning work on establishing the eXe team as a non-profit organisation for the research and development of open source projects for the New Zealand education sectors.

2003 - 2006

Instructional Technologist / Web Developer

Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning, University of Auckland

Technical advisor to staff and faculty on technological solutions for eLearning. Designed and developed web projects for distance education courses, as well as tutorials for the University Library; authored technical white papers; consulted with faculty on current trends in educational technology. Advised on technological directions of University Learning Management System (Cecil). Was one of the first bloggers at the University of Auckland; authored over 200 posts on educational and technological issues in relation to higher education. Assisted director on a variety of grant proposals.

2001 - 2002

Programmer/Analyst (Webmaster)

Psychology Department, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Redesigned and developed the Psychology Department web site (PHP); developed and implemented XML solution for faculty page authoring and administration. Implemented an open souce Helpdesk system for IT Support department and faculty and staff. Provided Linux support when required.

1997 - 2000

Information Specialist

Digital Information Literacy Office, University of Texas at Austin

Lead designer of the Texas Information Literacy Tutorial. Site designer for Undergraduate Library Web site and the Digital Information Literacy Office web site. Assisted with the design, organization, scheduling and instruction of Electronic Information classes; including Internet research, basic HTML, online database searching. Provided reference service as required in Undergraduate Library.





Information Architecture

Possibly the most underrated skill set any web developer can have.

Linux / Open Source

I am primarily a Linux user and so therefore use a wide range of Open Source software.


Javascript / JQuery

Mostly use JQuery now as a toolkit for more interactive interfaces.

Podcasting / Audio Editing

Mostly editing audio using Audacity and processing mp3 and ogg files.