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Jacques du Plessis, PhD

Jacques du Plessis, PhD

Associate Professor & Executive Committee Chair

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

Associate Professor
Executive Committee Chair


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 has been on the faculty at SOIS since 2003, teaching courses related to multimedia, instructional design and digital competencies. His research includes Web technologies in the following areas: learning web tools for blind students; improvement of early math education; Web-based open courseware for foreign language learning ( He is currently writing a book about the macro objectives of education. In  Fall 2010 he launched the first online foreign language course at UWM. As president of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, he is focused on improving the financial sustainability of less commonly taught languages, and eventually to reduce the number of languages that remain less commonly taught. Almost 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.