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Self-portrait William Van Zyl - Picasso Style: 'Extravagant Thoughts.' Credit: William van Zyl (2018). Tayasui Sketches. 

William Van Zyl (picture taken2017).

Endeavor Teacher Fellowship: Teacher profile

Short Bio:

William was born in South Africa and lived in the R.S. A. for most of his life. He was trained as a secondary school teacher and attended The University of the Free State, Rand Afrikaans University, and the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has been a secondary school teacher for most of his working career and taught Technical Drawing, Graphics, Building Construction, and Design and Visual Communication.  

He immigrated to New Zealand many years ago. He has been studying at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) for the past 6 years. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Education and a Masters in Education in 2014. His teaching position is HOD Technology at a secondary school, where he has been teaching Design and Visual Communication to junior and senior high school students for several years now.   

Some of his academic interests are Open Education, Global Development Education, Philosophy of Education, Open Education Resources, Creative Commons Licenses, Sustainable Architecture, Biomimetics (ask nature how), Design and Visual Communication, Peer-to-Peer Collaboration (P2P), Digital Learning and Teaching Technologies.

An Endeavor Fellowship was awarded to him (Ministry of Education NZ/Royal Society of NZ) in 2012. The area of study for the Fellowship at Waikato Uni (host) was 'Exploring Sustainable Architecture and Biomimetics in Teaching DVC'. Title- Sustainable Architecture:Investigating new sustainable materials and renewable systems. See the fellowship page for details:

Secondary School Study Award was given to him in 2016 by the Ministry of Education (Teach NZ). It included a one year full time study for the year 2016 away from work. William used the time to prepare a Literature Review (dissertation): 

Openness: Exploring the conceptualisation of Peer-to-Peer Learning Technologies in NZ Higher Education.


Openness: Exploring Conceptualisations of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Collaboration and Peer Learning in New Zealand Higher Education.

Interests & Hobbies:  

Hobbies: Writing, boating, flying model airplanes, mountain/road cycling, and photography.  

Ebooks and Resources available for download.