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This website contains some of the resources of William van Zyl as a writer and post graduate student . His writing covers many genres, and he has a wide interest. His writing includes: stories (novel), poetry (English and Afrikaans), commentaries & articles,  Design and Visual Communication, STEM Education, he provides teaching resources/lesson/plans/ and ideas, and writes about some Christian aspects of life. See for details. Design and Visual Communication work/resources are shared on this site (secondary school). A range of STEM- and STEAM Education (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) e-books are available at Five House Publishing. Of his academic work (APA Style), dissertations, and some resources of his some interesting things about the author and his activities are shared here. Links to all his publications are provided.  

Academic work: 

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). 

  Visit Five House Publishing to view the resources and e-books:


This publishing website was established in 2017 to provide a platform for publications to be downloaded at a minimal cost. The e-books and resources are only recently published and contains new and someupdated work. As mentioned, it covers many genres. Definitely worth investigating! 


Above image: Golden Plover Nest & Eggs UK). Credit 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?Also, consider the function of the nest and the eggs? How could this information be used to inform sustainable architectural design? How could our understanding of the bird and its nest assist us to provide a sustainable habitat for these birds in an urban or densely populated area?  

Animal Architecture is an exciting new area of sustainable architecture, and some references are made to this field of study on this website.


Above image: Satin Bower Bird Nest. Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0,

Like all bowerbirds, the satin bowerbird shows highly complex courtship behaviour. Mate choice in satin bowerbirds has been studied in detail. Males build specialized stick structures, called bowers, which they decorate with blue, yellow, and shiny objects, including berries, flowers, and plastic items such as ballpoint pens, drinking straws and clothes pegs. As the males mature they use more blue objects than other colours. Females visit these and choose which male they will allow to mate with them. In addition to building their bowers, males carry out intense behavioural displays called dances to woo their mates, but these can be treated as threat displays by the females. Could be use the information on the satin bower bird (nesting, decoration techniques, & eggs) to inform new sustainable architectural practice? Think about shape and form, colour combinations, and more?

The environment, the ecology, and  bio-diversity on earth plays a vital role in the quality of human and animal life. 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.  

Introduction to the author and his work.

Welcome to this website where you will find e-books, resources, research information, academic papers, and Design and Visual Communication (DVC) information .William Van Zyl is a secondary school Design and Visual Communication (DVC) teacher, and on this website shares some of his experiences, expertise, research, and resources. Included also are resources as a post graduate student in Education. He is a Master's graduate from Waikato University (New Zealand). He is a prospective future PhD student. 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. He includes sustainable architecture, bio-mimetics, and many more aspects in his DVC design work. 

Open EducationGlobal Development Education. & Peer-to-Peer Collaboration (P2P) are areas in the wider education genre which explores 'openness, development, collaboration, & 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, and more. 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. Digital platforms, computer networks, artificial intelligence, and algorithms are areas which are touched on in the academic work. See the P2P website link for more details below. The academic work also includes areas like the gifted and talented, Technology Education, Design and Visual Communication. Learning Technologies are following the digital trends. Many new areas - in an educational context - are explored. For example crowd sourcing, and hacking (positive connotation) are relatively new collaborative processes which are used very is co-constructed collaboratively. For example, 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-t-peer practices in a very broad sense. This website is a knowledge commons and it is collaboratively developed by the P2P community. Michel Bauwens founded the website P2P some years ago, and this work has flourished since. 

Link to the P2P Foundation website (P2P Collaboration):