Jacques du Plessis

Associate Professor


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 2002. His research includes Web technologies in the following areas: Online learning tools for blind students; improvement of early math and music education; and open courseware for foreign language learning (http://www.afrikaans.us/). He is currently writing a book about the macro objectives of education. In the Fall of 2010 dr. Du Plessis launched the first online foreign language course at UWM for Afrikaans, his native language. Since his tenure as president of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, he has focused on online models of teaching less commonly-taught languages at universities to improve financial sustainability. The aim is to reduce the number of languages that remain less commonly taught. He frequently leads study abroad groups to his native South Africa. He serves on the boards on two high schools and is an evaluator of character education in Wisconsin. At SOIS he teaches the following courses: Multimedia, Multimedia Product Development, Instructional Technologies, Information Security, Web Development, and Genealogy.

Courses Taught

430 Multimedia Product Development
497 Study Abroad - South Africa
670 Instructional Technologies
678 Multimedia
691 Hypertext Markup Language
691 Cascading Style Sheets
783 Survey of Information Security
Afrikaans 101 and 102

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.

Jacques du Plessis' CV