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Jacques du Plessis, PhD

Jacques du Plessis, PhD

Associate Professor

611310 School of Information Studies
Office:NWQB 3482
Phone:(414) 229-2856
Fax:Fax(414) 229-6699
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Jacques du Plessis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & IST Program Director


Ph.D., 2002, Utah State University (Instructional Technology)
M.A., 1992, Brigham Young University (Linguistics)
B.A. 1989, Brigham Young University (Linguistics)


Jacques du Plessis, Associate Professor did his PhD at Utah State in Instructional Technology and since 2003 has been teaching courses related to multimedia and instructional design in the School of Information Studies. He researches Web technologies in the following areas: to improve access and learning to students who are blind; to improve early math education; to improve foreign language learning on the Web. He is currently writing a book about the objectives of education. Starting in the Fall 2010 he will teach the first online foreign language course at UWM. One of his long term objectives is to develop a Web framework to teach less commonly taught languages and eventually to reduce the number of languages that are less commonly taught. Every year he leads a group of students on a study abroad to his native Africa.

Courses Taught

430 Multimedia Product Development

Study Abroad - South Africa

632 Microcomputers for Information Resources Management

670 Instructional Technologies

891 Multimedia

Sample Publications

Du Plessis, J. (2007). The future of learning objects. In Koohang, A. & Harman, K. Learning Objects: Theory, Praxis, Issues, and Trends, pp. 585-608. Santa Rosa, California: Informing Science Press.

Du Plessis J.C. (2008). "From food silos to community kitchens" - Retooling African Libraries. The International Information and Library Review, 40(1), 43-51.

Xiangming, M., Jordan, J., Jeong, W. & Du Plessis, J. (2009). Towards a combined approach to metadata in corporate knowledge management: A Case Study of GE Healthcare. Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, 8(3), 189-200.

Du Plessis J.C. (2009). Instructional objectives: The journey versus the destiny perspective. Perspectives in Education. 27(3), 258-65.