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This website contains some of the resources of William van Zyl as a post graduate student . It includes the titles of his dissertations and some resources of his future post graduate studies. Design and Visual Communication work/resources are shared on this site (secondary school). Additionally, some of his books, future books, articles, and some other interesting things about him and his activities are shared here.

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The website includes a range of educational related resources  like Open Education, Global Development Education, Neoliberalism, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Education, Peer Learning, Gifted and Talented Students, Technology Education, DVC (Design and Visual Communication), Biomimetics, Sustainable Architecture, 3-D printing, and more. Some references to the experiences of William are included to highlight  aspects of his career (photographs with captions). 

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Above image: The American robin (Turdus migratorius) bird nest and eggs. Could the colors of the nest and the color of the egg be used in sustainable architecture and practice? Considering the aesthetics, how could the texture and contrast be used in sustainable architectural design?

Animal Architecture is a new movement and some references are made to this relatively new field of architecture on this website.

Above image: Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) bird eggs. The Chaffinch is the commonest wild British bird. The nest is a cup made of plant material with down, spider's webs, moss, lichen, bark and wool in the mix. The Chaffinch can have 2 broods a year; 2-6 eggs in a clutch. The eggs are pale blue with a small amount of brown spotting at the base of the egg. The female builds the nest. Could we use this information about the structure and insulation of this nest to inform our next sustainable architectural design ideas?

The environment, the ecology, and  bio-diversity on earth plays a vital role in the quality of human and animal life in the every day hustle and bustle. How we think about ourselves in the environment and our co-existence with other species are crucial to establish harmony, balance, and a sustainable  future.

Above image: ArtScience Museum in Singapore.  About the ArtScience Museum: The breathtaking structure designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie is not only  an artistic inspiration, but it also promotes environmental sustainability. Embracing a spectrum of influences from art and science, to media and technology, to design & architecture. The ArtScience museum features over 4,600 square meters of galleries to inspire visitors of all ages, walks of life and from shores near and far. Source: Flickr (William Cho).     

Photograph taken by William Cho, Flickr.

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Introduction to this webspace    

Welcome to this website where you will find resources, research information, academic papers, and Design and Visual Communication (DVC) information on many aspects. William Van Zyl is a secondary school Design and Visual Communication (DVC) teacher and he will share some of his experiences, research, and resources. Included also are resources as a post graduate student in Education.  Dissertation: 'Openness: Exploring the Philosophy of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning Technologies'.

Design and Visual Communication is a subject that focuses on  visual illustration techniques which are directed by a design brief. The brief could contain an architectural or a product design brief. 

Open Education and Global Development Education are areas in the wider education genre which explores 'openness, development & open education resources'. It also touches on the development of education by considering the global context  of education and the possibilities for development within specific learning and teaching areas. The Philosophy of  Education is the 'theory' behind all thinking and decision making we do as educators, planners, politicians, curriculum developers, etc.   Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Collaboration is an area which has developed over the past years and has impacted the way we think about teaching and learning. See the P2P website link for more details below.  Learning Technologies are following the digital trends and many new areas are explored and developed. For example crowd sourcing, and hacking (positive connotation) are relatively new collaborative processes which are used very successfully-almost every minute of the day now-to discuss, collaborate and create  new knowledge/products, etc.. The website Wikipedia is being built at the very moment collaboratively  by everyone who has an interest and has the means to access the world wide web. 

Philosophy of Education: Every  teacher has a set of related beliefs--a philosophy of education--that influences what and how students are taught. A philosophy of education represents answers to questions about the purpose of schooling, a teacher's role, and what should be taught and by what methods.

Peer-to-Peer collaboration: The P2P Foundation is an international organization which focuses on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices in a very broad sense. This website is a knowledge commons and it is collaboratively built by the P2P community. Michel Bauwens founded the website P2P  some years ago and this work has flourished since. 

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