Hi! I’m Mike Simpson
I’m an educator and designer from Toronto. I work in colleges and private schools, work with students as a tutor, and develop e-learning and teaching resources.
I created this micro-site to showcase my work in education and training. I have a passion for combining my teaching with design work, and in these pages you’ll find blog posts, and links to pages and projects.
I’m a multidisciplinary teacher and designer and the proud founder and designer of Ancestry Project. I teach in different areas including ESL/TESL, and Design-Media (websites, video and media production). As a trainer I’ve worked with social and immigrant service agencies.
One of my proudest achievements was winning the TESL Canada award for Digital Teaching or Learning Resource in 2017. Another accomplishment was teaching After Effects online at Centennial College this spring. Software instruction is quite different when it’s not face to face, but I made use of virtual meetings and screen recordings to connect with my students.
I believe in life-long learning; In fall 2016, I completed the E-Learning Certificate at the University of Toronto. In spring 2021 I enrolled at Centennial College in the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE) certificate program.
These days I am developing an online community and e-learning project that is related to my work as an art and design instructor.
I’m available for hire or just for a chat – get in touch! Cheers!
Professional Experience and Skills Summary
Teacher and trainer in colleges and non-profit sector for 20 years
Writing and editing, curriculum design
Graphic design, media, e-learning
Expertise with software: Microsoft, Adobe CC, LMS for online courses, WordPress
E-Learning Certificate, University of Toronto, 2015-2016
Design-Media Diploma, Centennial College, 2009-2011
TESL Certificate, CCLCS Toronto, 2001-2002
Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1989-1992
Teaching, training, presenting
Computers and software (Office, Adobe CC design media incl. Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere)
Education tech (LMS, Blackboard, Brightspace, Moodle)
Event design and coordination
AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS
Award for “Digital Teaching or Learning Resource (website, software)”
TESL Canada for AncestryProject.ca, 2017
Presentations including TESL Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Durham conferences from 2012 to present (View list)
Thank you for stopping by and visiting my portfolio!
If you have some time I invite you to peruse my site and read some blog posts.
Thank you for joining me here. Very excited to announce the publication of my education and e-learning portfolio. I've been teaching and training for many years and though I've created portfolio sites before this one feels very special. 20-year Anniversary in Teaching...
Want to learn about Canada? Interested in Canadian culture and history? Check out my resource! All of my students have access to materials like Canada Road Trip. I will give you a PDF with reading, questions and activities and provide you with MP3s so you can complete...
I stumbled upon an interesting article about the "Word of the Year: for 2021 and I wasn't surprised what it was: vaccine. "Vaccine" was on the lips of millions, and eventually into the arms of millions too, including me and my family in Toronto, Canada. It was on the...