Micheal Van Wyk

University of South Africa

Micheal van Wyk is a Full Professor of Economics Education, an NRF-rated researcher, and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School for Teacher Education, College of Education, University of South Africa (UNISA). He is a qualified professional teacher, teaching both in primary and secondary schools. He has more than 18 years of teaching, research, and supervision experience at higher education institutions. He has published eighty-nine journal articles as well as numerous conference proceedings, book chapters, and books. He has supervised many doctoral and master’s degree students. Dr. van Wyk is a flipped instructional designer researcher in open-distance e-learning (ODeL) research. He is the recipient of the 2013 Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research, UNISA, and the 2018 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for his groundbreaking research on the e-portfolio as an alternative assessment approach in teacher education in the College of Education, UNISA. One of his recent articles entitled, “Students’ Perceptions of the Flipped Classroom Pedagogy in an Open Distance e-Learning University,” was voted the best scholarly publication by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal and was consequently awarded the 2020 International Award for Excellence for Research by the Common Ground Research Network, University of Chicago, USA. In 2023, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research from UNISA. Dr. van Wyk currently serves on journal editorial boards and vetting panels. He is the associate editor for Heliyon: Education. As a highly-rated scientist, esteemed scholar, and motivational speaker, Dr. van Wyk received the 2022 Medal of Honor from the Education Association of South Africa for his contribution to teacher education. He serves as a mentor for the Open and Distance Learning (ODL), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) project entitled the “ODL Practitioner Research Training and Mentorship Initiative.” His research interests include flipped pedagogy, technology-integrated teaching and learning strategies, social media tools for the classroom, e-portfolios, Afrocentric-Indigenous pedagogy and research methodology, cooperative learning, and economics education.

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Rapid advancements in technology have had a significant impact on teaching and learning. Globally, we have experienced an increase in innovative pedagogies and disruptive learning spaces, which have transformed teaching and learning. Tremendous changes in educational innovations and methods have emerged over the last century, such as Open Educational Resources (OER), Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC), open resources, blended learning, and virtual reality (VR). Technology in Learning brings together in one single text the basic rudiments of technology integrated into teaching and learning in a manner that would assist the university postgraduate students, emerging researchers, and postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in the planning, designing, conducting as well as reporting on technology.

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