Jacques du Plessis
    jacques@uwm.edu • (414)393.8937

A - General Information


1   Formal Education
  1. PhD Instructional Technology. Utah State University. (June 2002). Dissertation: An Introduction to the FIT-C Model: A Triadic Model as a Taxonomical Framework of Context in Education.
  2. MA Linguistics. Brigham Young University. (1992). Thesis: Computer-assisted Vocabulary Learning: A Comparison of Paired-associate Computer Drills and Idiosyncratic Learning.
  3. BA Linguistics. Brigham Young University. (1989). Major: Computers and Languages; Minor: French.
2   Continuing Education
  1. Trained as a Mediator - 40 hour program at the Center for Dispute Resolution, Cardinal Stritch University, 2018.
  2. Faculty College - Scholarship of Teaching, a three-day workshop by UW-System at UW-Richland, 2018.
  3. Trained as a state-wide evaluator for the national schools of character program for character.org, 2015.
  4. Trained as a facilitator in difficult conversations by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, 2013.
  5. Training in PCI Compliance and Information Security, 2012.
  6. ACTFL/ILR OPI Tester Recertification as an Oral Proficiency Interviewer for Afrikaans. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conducted the U.S Government's Inter-Agency Language Round table (ILR) Oral Proficiency Interview training, 2011.
  7. Faculty College - Scholarship of Teaching, a three-day workshop by UW-System at UW-Richland, 2009.
  8. Wood Badge Training - The most advanced training available for Boy Scout Leaders, 2009.
  9. Academic Impressions Online Education Seminar Park City, UT, 2008.
  10. American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages/ Inter-agency Language Roundtable Oral Proficiency Interview Tester - Qualified as an oral proficiency tester for Afrikaans, 2007.
  11. Three-day seminar at UWM. Theme: Difficult Dialogs. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation. This seminar focused on how to conduct difficult dialogs in the classroom, among faculty and within the community, 2006.
  12. Faculty College - Scholarship of Teaching, a three-day workshop by UW-System at UW-Richland, 2005.
3   Academic and Professional Positions Held (chronologically)
  1. President, Association of Genealogy Educators and Schools (2022-2024).
  2. Founding Board Member, Association of Genealogy Educators and Schools (2018-2021).
  3. Governing Board Member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts (2020-2023).
  4. Co-founder of the Disruptive Technologies Lab, School of Information Studies, UWM (2018-present).
  5. Founder of the Wisconsin Smart Cities Alliance (WISCA) (2017-2021).
  6. US Court Interpreter for Afrikaans (2017-present).
  7. Faculty Chair, School of Information Studies, UWM (2015-2018).
  8. Faculty Chair, Zilber School of Public Health, UWM (2015).
  9. President, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2014-2016).
  10. Associate Vice-Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (Interim) at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (2012-2014).
  11. Member of the Advisory Board of the Undergraduate Program of the University of South Carolina. (2012-2015).
  12. Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. (2012-2017).
  13. Elected Member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. (2012-present).
  14. Vice-President, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. (2012-2014).
  15. Director of the Undergraduate Program of the School of Information Studies. UWM. (2010-2012).
  16. Executive Board Member of the National Council for the Teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages. (2010-2016).
  17. Board Member of the Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. (2009-2021).
  18. Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Responsibilities include teaching, research, service, student advising, with oversight responsibility for the computing services at SOIS, and other duties and responsibilities normally expected of the faculty. (2009-present).
  19. Education Advisory Board member of TechSmith, a leading producer of Multimedia software for Education and the Industry. (2008-2012).
  20. Advisory Board Member or the National African Languages Resource Center, Indiana University. (2008-2016).
  21. Supervisor of Information Technology Services for the School of Information Studies. (2004-2010).
  22. Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Responsibilities include teaching, research, student advising, service, and other duties and responsibilities normally expected of the faculty. (2002-2009).
  23. Research Assistant, Department of Instructional Technology, Utah State University. (2001-2002).
  24. Research Assistant, Center for Online Education, USU, Logan, UT. (2001).
  25. Marketing Specialist & Instructional Designer, USU Research Foundation. (2000).
  26. Instructor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. (1985-2001).
  27. LinguaServe, Provo Utah. Owner of a translations services company. (1998-2000).
  28. Localization Engineer Corel Corporation, Orem Utah. Localized the WordPefect Office Suite to Dutch and German and closely worked with the translation teams. (1997-1998).
  29. Software Quality Assurance Manager COMPanion Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT. Alexandria Library Systems. (1986).
  30. Linguist at INSO Corporation, Boston, MA. Worked on writing tools for Afrikaans. (1995).
  31. Linguist at WordPerfect, Orem, UT; Antwerp, Belgium, and Albuquerque, NM. Linguist - Worked on writing tools for European Languages and Afrikaans. (1990-1994).
  32. On-call Translator for Berlitz International, Los Angeles, CA. and MultiLing, Provo, UT. (1986-1997).
  33. Software Developer Flexitutor. Developed a flashcard system for learning foreign languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Afrikaans) (1985-2010).


B - Research, Scholarship, and Professional Activities


1   Articles and Papers Published or Accepted for Publication in Academic and Professional Print and Electronic Journals
(indicate method of selection - e.g., * refereed, ** invited).
  1. ** AGES Board (2022). "Genealogical Education comes of 'AGES' ". Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, XXXVII(4), 9-13.
  2. * 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.
  3. * Du Plessis J.C. (2009). "From Instructional objectives: the journey versus the destiny perspective". Perspectives in Education, Volume 27(3), 258-66.
  4. * Du Plessis J.C. (2008). "From Food Silos to Community Kitchens - Retooling African Libraries". The International Information and Library Review, 40(1), 43-51.
  5. ** Du Plessis, J.C. (2007). "The Spirit of Open Access to Information as a Key Pillar to the African Renaissance". African Information Ethics Conference Report. International Review of Information Ethics, 7(01).
  6. * Du Plessis, J.C. & Koohang, A. (2007). "Securing Learning in Learning Objects". International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 4(2), 197-208.
  7. * Du Plessis, J.C., Britz J.J., & Davel R. (2006). "Slave or sibling: a moral reframing the corporate knowledge sharing community". Johannesburg, South Africa: South African Journal of Information Management, 8(2). Retrieved December 3, 2006 from http://general.rau.ac.za/infosci/raujournal/default.asp?to=peervol8nr2.
  8. * Du Plessis, J.C. (2005). "Learning Objects: Using Language Structures to Understand the Transition from Affordance Systems to Intelligent Systems". Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects, 1, 55-66. Retrieved February 26, 2005, from http://ijklo.org/Volume1/v1p055-066duPlessis.pdf.
  9. * Koohang, A., Du Plessis, J., & Britz, J. (2006). "Learning objects in learning organizations: A knowledge management perspective". International Journal of Management and Decision Making. 7(1).
  10. * Koohang, A., & Du Plessis, J. (2004). "Architecting Usability Properties in the E-Learning Instructional Design Process". International Journal on E-Learning, 3(3), 38-44. Retrieved February 26, 2005, from http://dl.aace.org/16297.
  11. * Eastmond, J. N.; Nickel, T.; du Plessis, J. C.; & Smith, L. (2000). "An Incremental Approach to Implementing a Web Course: The High Points and Pitfalls in North America and South Africa". Mankato, MN: TechTrends, 44(3), 40-45.
  12. * Anderson, E.; Du Plessis, J. & Nickel, T. (2001). "Distance Ed - The Experience between Border Technikon" (Eastern Cape, South Africa) and USU (Utah, USA). Bloomington, IN: Educational Technology Research and Development, 49(3), 118-123.
  13. ** Du Plessis, J. (1987). "Sanctions: An Afrikaner perspective". The Journal of International Studies, Vol 1, Spring 1987. Provo, UT: BYU.
2   Books, Monographs, and Other Publications Published
  1. Du Plessis, J.C. (1996). A Basic German Vocabulary. Provo, UT.
  2. Jarvis, S. & Du Plessis, J.C. (1989). The Plug-in System--Finnish (1989). Provo, UT.
  3. Du Plessis, J.C. & Schultheis, L. (1989). The Plug-in System--German. Provo, UT.
  4. Du Plessis, J.C. (1988). The Plug-in System--Afrikaans. Provo, UT.
  5. Du Plessis, J.C. (1986). The English Speaker's ABC to Afrikaans. Provo, UT.
3   Chapters in Books
  1. Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "Reflection: How Now Shapes the Future - Emerging Trends from the LCTL Trenches". In C. Wang, & L. Winstead (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Foreign Language Education in the Digital Age (pp. 1-8). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0177-0.ch001
  2. Du Plessis, J. C. (2014). "Sustainable Innovation in the Knowledge Sector in the 21st Century". In Mbambo-Thata, B., Raubenheimer, J., & Harris T.L. African Library Summit - The Horizon and Beyond, pp.45-58. Knowres Publishing, Randburg, South Africa.
  3. Du Plessis, J. C. (2007). "The spirit of open access to information as a key pillar in the African Rennaisance". In Capurro, R., Britz, J.J., Bothma T.J.D., & Bester, B.C. African Reader on Information Ethics, pp.173-178. Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  4. Du Plessis, J. C. (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.
4   Papers, Academic Conferences and Presentations
  1. Ponelis, S.R. & Du Plessis, J.C. (2023). "Kunsmatige Intelligensie in die Konteks van HoŽr Onderwys: 'n Twisgesprek oor Tegnologiese Ontwikkelling" (Artificial Intelligence in the Context of Higher Education: Opposing Views about Technological Development). Paper, Symposium of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Pretoria, South Africa. (Refereed)
  2. Du Plessis, J.C. (2022). "Disruptive Innovation - to visualize the public library of the future." Nevada Library Association Conference, Henderson NV (Accepted Paper)
  3. Du Plessis, J.C. & Ponelis, S.R. (2019). "Genocides: Warning Signs and Political Will – Can They be Prevented? Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Conference. DePere, WI. (Refereed)
  4. Du Plessis, J.C. (2018). " 'n Herbesinning van leierskap in wisselvallige toestande" (A reevaluation of leadership in volatile conditions.). Paper, Symposium of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Pretoria, South Africa. (Refereed)
  5. Du Plessis, J.C. (2018). "Pattern Inculcation: Innovation to Improve Language Production" Presentation at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Milwaukee, WI. (Refereed Abstract)
  6. Du Plessis, J.C. (2017). "In wie se hande lÍ die taal se toekoms? 'n Akademiese benadering tot toekomsvooruitskouing" (Who controls the future of the language? An academic approach towards futuristic projections). Paper, Symposium of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Pretoria, South Africa. (Refereed)
  7. Du Plessis, J.C. (2017). "Leadingship: Reframing the Individual's Contribution to Peacebuilding" WIPCS Conference, Milwaukee, WI
  8. Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "The Zoom Level Approach (ZLA) to Designing Self Instructional Language Materials", NASILP Conference, Washington DC. (Invited Paper)
  9. Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "The Future of Afrikaans: LCTLs in the USA", Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosh University, South Africa. (Invited Presentation)
  10. Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "Toegang tot Inligting: 'n Vooruitskouing van Integrasie van Openbare en Akademiese biblioteekdienste gerig as 'n geÔntegreerde akademiese infrastruktuur vir alle primÍre, sekondÍre en tersiÍre onderwys. (Access to Information: A Futuristic Perspective of the Intergration of Public and Academic Library Services, Directed as an Integrated Academic Infrastructure for all Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Education). Paper, Symposium of the South African Academy of Science and Arts, Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Refereed)
  11. Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "LCTL Open Courseware -- Serving the Blind with an interactive audio interface", NCOLCTL Conference, Atlanta, GA. (Accepted Paper)
  12. Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "Online Learning Tools for the Blind", Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Symposium, UWM. (Accepted Paper)
  13. Du Plessis, J.C (2015). "Digital Natives 2.0 - Futuristic Strategies for Less Commonly Taught Languages" NASILP Conference, Washington DC. (Accepted Paper)
  14. Du Plessis, J.C (2015). "Less Commonly Taught Languages - Future Strategies and Designs" LEARN2015, Washington DC. (Invited Keynote Address)
  15. Du Plessis, J.C. & Davey-Castillo, M. & Haak, M. (2015). "Why the 'Big' Picture Matters in Every Course". OPID Spring Conference. Green Lake, WI. (Accepted Paper)
  16. Du Plessis, J.C. (2014). " 'n Aanpassing van Fundamentele Aannames Rakende die Objektiewe van Onderwys." (A Shift in Fundamental Assumptions About the Objectives of Education). Paper, Symposium of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Pretoria, South Africa. (Refereed, Formal paper)
  17. Du Plessis, J.C. (2014). "So, what are the objectives of education?" Presentation given at the Future of Education Reform Symposium. RSCON5. (Accepted Paper)
  18. Du Plessis, J.C. (2013). "Information Ethics - Mainstreaming the Marginalized Among Us." Paper given at the 14th Annual DIS Conference, University of Zululand, South Africa. (Accepted Paper.)
  19. Du Plessis, J.C. (2013). "Reimagining the Future of Higher Education", APPA COnference. Minneapolis, MN. (Invited Plenary Speaker)
  20. Du Plessis, J.C. (2013). "Sustainable Innovation in the Knowledge Sector in the 21st Century, African Library Summit 2013, Pretoria, South Africa (Invited Plenary Speaker)
  21. Du Plessis, J.C. (2013). "South Africa: Fault Lines and Borders - The Roles of Power and Poverty. Paper Given and the Conference of the Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, UWM. (Accepted Paper)
  22. Du Plessis, J.C., Barczyk, E. (2013). "Disruptive Technologies and the Libraries of the Future: Can Libraries be the Drivers in Shaping the Future of Ebooks? Crimea2013, Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine. (Invited Keynote Address)
  23. Du Plessis, J.C. (2012). "Information Policy: Mobiles and Teenagers, a Legal and Social Predicament. 3rd ANIE International Conference on Information Ethics and Social Media. Pretoria, South Africa.
  24. Du Plessis, J.C. (2012). "Open Courseware and LCTLs - Its Time has Come." 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. Madison, WI. (Round Table, Notes)
  25. Du Plessis, J.C. (2012). "Openlanguages.net - A Global Vision for Less Commonly Taught Languages." International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning. (Peer Reviewed)
  26. Du Plessis, J.C. (2011). "Technology and the Library of the Future." Wisconsin Library Association Conference 2011, Milwaukee, WI. (Invited, Practitioners, notes)
  27. Du Plessis, J.C. (2011). "Designing for Open Education." Paper give at the OpenEd2011 Conference in Park City, UT (Invited, Educators, notes)
  28. Britz, J.J., King, P., Maas, B., Du Plessis, J.C. (2011). "Planning for a Digital Future." Paper given at theAnnual Conference of the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, Ill. (Peer Reviewed, Education Administrators, Notes)
  29. Du Plessis, J.C. (2011). "Foreign Language Teaching - It is time to move." Paper given at the 14th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly-taught languages (NCOLCTL), Madison, WI. (Refereed, Educators, paper)
  30. Du Plessis, J.C. (2010). "Openlanguages.net - a global resource for Open Learning on the Web." Paper given at the Third African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference, Gaborone, Botswana (peer reviewed, educators and practitioners, Notes)
  31. Du Plessis, J.C. (2010). "Perspectives on Digitization of Literature." The Workshop on Digitization of Afrikaans and African Literatures. Pretoria, South Africa. (Invited, Practitioners, Notes)
  32. Du Plessis, J.C. (2010). "The Cultural and Political Complexities of Southern Africa." Paper given at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
  33. Du Plessis, J.C. (2010). "Active Librarianship," International Conference on Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies, Gaborone, Botswana (peer reviewed, educators and practitioners, Notes)
  34. Du Plessis, J.C. (2010). "Asynchronous Language Learning: Meaningful Interactivity." Paper given at the 13th annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly-taught languages (NCOLCTL), Madison, WI. (Refereed, Educators, paper)
  35. Du Plessis, J.C. (2009). "Best Practices and Innovation with Screen Capturing for Language Learning." Presentation at Educause, Denver, CO. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  36. Du Plessis, J.C. (2009). "Addressing Peace in the K-12 Curriculum." Paper given at the 7th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. (not refereed, Educators, paper)
  37. Du Plessis, J.C. (2009). "Language learning with Web 2.0 - linking faculty and students." Paper given at the 12th annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly-taught languages (NCOLCTL), Madison, WI. (Refereed, Educators, paper)
  38. Du Plessis, J.C., Britz, J.J. (2008). "Ethical Challenges Facing African Public Libraries." Paper given that the LIBCOM 2008 Conference in Svenigorod, Russia (peer reviewed, educators and practitioners, Notes)
  39. Du Plessis J.C. (2008). "African Languages - Asynchronous Digital Instruction." Presentation given at the yearly National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP) Conference, Washington DC. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  40. Du Plessis J.C. (2008). "Building a Tool Kit for Systemic Peacebuilding and Effective Coordination." Presentation at the Peacebuilding Experts Meeting, UWM. (Invited, Special Interest Group, Notes)
  41. Du Plessis J.C. (2008). "The Future of Education." Presentation to the Milwaukee chapter of the World Future Society at UWM. (Invited, Special Interest Group, Notes)
  42. Du Plessis J.C. (2007). "Teaching Foreign Language Pronunciation Online Asynchronously." Paper accepted for the OpenEd 2007 Conference, Utah State University, Logan, UT. (Refereed, Educators, paper)
  43. Du Plessis J.C. (2007). "Instructional Technology for foreign language teachers." Presentation at the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) workshops at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Invited, Fullbright scholars, Notes)
  44. Du Plessis J.C. (2007). "Best Practices from Camtasia Studio Classrooms." 2007 TechEd Conference, Ontario, CA. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  45. Du Plessis J.C. (2007). "Putting the Genie back in the Bottle : Selecting and E-Mail/Calendaring Solution." Educause, Midwest. Chicago, Illinois. (Invited, Educators, Paper)
  46. Du Plessis J.C. (2007). "The Spirit of Open Access to Information as a Key Pillar to the African Renaissance." International Information Policy Colloquium by the Center for Information Policy Research, UWM, Wisconsin. (Invited, Educators, Paper)
  47. Du Plessis J.C. (2007). "Learning Online? Ok, what about foreign language pronunciation? ... Why do we have to make a mental shift in the expectations of learning outcome?" The E-Learning Update 2007 - A one-day symposium at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  48. Du Plessis, J.C. and Stein, T. (2006). "Podcasts and Screencast with Camtasia Studio." Presentation given at the Conference on Information Technology, Charlotte, NC. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  49. Du Plessis, J.C. (2006). "Teaching foreign languages online: Facilitating creative solutions." Presentation given at the Conference on Information Technology, Charlotte, NC. (Refereed, Educators, Notes)
  50. Du Plessis, J.C. (2006). "Open Learning Environments: Building an International Team to Distribute Development & Provide Instructional Support." Paper given at the OpenEd Conference, Utah State University, Logan, UT. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  51. Du Plessis J.C., Britz J.J., & Lor P.J. (Summer, 2006). "From Food Silos to Community Kitchens" - Retooling African Libraries." Paper given at the Standing Conference for Eastern, Central, and Southern African Libraries, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  52. Du Plessis, J.C. (2006). "Developing a Model for Open Learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages." Paper given at the 2006 Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, in Orlando, FL. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  53. Koohang, A., Harman, K. Du Plessis, J. & Britz, J. (2006). "Knowledge management within the framework of informing science." Proceedings of Knowledge Acquisition and Management Conference, 14. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  54. Du Plessis, J.C. (2005). World Languages: "A Viable Offering of a Less-commonly Taught Language." Paper given at the Meeting Global Challenges 2005 Conference, at Lake Geneva WI. (Refereed, Educators, Notes)
  55. ritz, J.J., Du Plessis, J.C., and Johnson, C. (2005). "Study Abroad Programs: A Reflection on the Educational Experience." Paper given at the Meeting Global Challenges 2005 Conference, at Lake Geneva, WI. (Refereed, Educators, Notes)
  56. Davel, R., Britz J.J. & Du Plessis J.C. (2005). "Slave or Sibling: Reframing the Corporate Knowledge Sharing Community." Paper given at the Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century Conference, at the University of Memphis, TN. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  57. Du Plessis, J.C. (2005). "Open Learning: A Web-based Model for Self-directed Foreign-language Instruction." Paper given at the OpenEd Conference, Utah State University, Logan, UT. (Refereed, Educators, Notes)
  58. Du Plessis, J. & Koohang, A. (2005). "Learning Object: From Conceptualization to Utilization." Proceedings of Knowledge Acquisition and Management Conference, 13, 38-46. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  59. Du Plessis, J.C. & Koohang. A. (2005). "Underlying Open Learning Development-Reflections on Elements of Success in Open Sourcing." Paper given at the OpenEd Conference, Utah State University, Logan, UT. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  60. Du Plessis, J.C. (2005). "Learning Afrikaans Online - What is Possible?" Lecture given at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. (Invited, Educators, Paper)
  61. Du Plessis, J.C. (2005). "How Communication Theory informs Instructional Design." Lecture given at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  62. Koohang, A., Du Plessis, J.C. and Britz, J.J. (2005). "Learning Object Definitions, Metadata, Instructional Design, and Repositories." Panel Discussion: Informing Science & Information Technology Education Conference. Flagstaff, Arizona, 2005. (Refereed, Educators, Notes)
  63. Du Plessis, J.C. Koohang A. (2005). "Building Learning Objects: From Conceptualization to Completion." 13th International Conference of Knowledge Acquisition & Management Conference. Wroclaw, Poland. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  64. Du Plessis, J.C. (2004). "Social Contrasts in South Africa." Lecture as part of the Culture Cafť Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  65. Du Plessis, J.C. (2004). "South Africa Today: Looking at Language." Lecture given at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  66. Du Plessis, J.C. (2004). "The Function of Granularity within Architecture and language as Analogous Environments to Learning Objects." Paper presented at the Instructional Technology Summer Institute, Utah State University, Logan, UT. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  67. Du Plessis, J.C. (2004). "A Descriptive Theoretical Framework of Education - Implications for Instructional Design." Lecture given to the Instructional Technology Graduate Students at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  68. Du Plessis, J.C. and Moitse-Nzeku, M. (2004). Cultural Mediation of Aids-prevention Information." Second African Conference on Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research. Cape Town, South Africa. (Refereed, Educators, Notes)
  69. Du Plessis, J.C. and Moitse-Nzeku, M. (2004). The Aids-V Symbol - A New Strategy for the Prevention of HIV infection." Second African Conference on Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research. Cape Town, South Africa. (Refereed, Health Care Professionals, Poster Presentation)
  70. Du Plessis, J.C. (2004). "The Message Is Heard, But Not Felt: Perspectives on the Persistence of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Southern Africa." Global Studies Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (Invited, Educators, Notes)
  71. Du Plessis, J.C. (2004). "The Core Components of Instruction." University of Pretoria, South Africa. (Invited, Educators, Paper)
  72. Du Plessis, J.C. (2001). "Online Education at USU-What Works and Why? A Survey of Successes in Online Education at Utah State." South African Online Users Group (SAOUG) Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  73. Eastmond, N., Nickel, T., Du Plessis, J.C. and Smith, L. (2000). "An Incremental Approach to Implementing a Web Course: The High Points and Pitfalls in North America and South Africa." Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Long Beach, California. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  74. Recker, M., Olsen, D., Rogers, J., and Du Plessis, J.C. (2000). "Communities of Practice: A Thinking Practices Framework for Instructional Technology." AERA Conference. Louisiana. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  75. Jarvis, S. & du Plessis, J.C. (1990). "Language methodology and text design: What Finnish has taught us." Selected Papers from the Proceedings of the Annual Symposium of the Deseret Language and Linguistics Society, 16, 173-182. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
  76. Du Plessis, J.C. (1989). "Innovative Approaches to Textbook Design." Joint conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) and the International Conference on Computers and the Humanities (ICCH). Toronto, Canada. (Refereed, Educators, Paper)
5   Training Manuals
  1. Du Plessis, J.C. (2008). Southern Africa - A Cultural Orientation. MultiLingual Solutions, Washington, DC. Training materials prepared for US Navy Africom personnel in preparation of deployment to southern Africa.
6   Computer and Cloud Applications
  1. Du Plessis, J.C. and Becker, E. (2018) EARGEAR - Presented the mobile app and Web app research at the UWM Innovators Expo.
  2. Du Plessis, J.C. (2017) Universyl - Presented the product research at the UWM Innovators Expo.
  3. Du Plessis, J.C. and student team (2016-2018). Universyl: A cloud-based student-facing academic program management system. This three tier system empowers students to engage the full range of academic offerings; to then reconcile the all implications (time, money, and course selection) for any specific academic program, and finally to understand the implications of all expectations for any course selected.
  4. Du Plessis, J.C. (2013-2019). EARGEAR: Web-based Audio - An audio based interface drill and practice program. This program in in the advanced stage of development and will serve the visually impaired learner population, as well as sighted auditory leaders in the online environment.
  5. Du Plessis, J.C. (2001). Fundamental Math Incrementation: New Interventions. Based on the research design (https://jacquesduplessis.com/_papers/mathfuture.html) this research is developing apps, and physical instructional objects to test the hypothesis of using triplets in developing automatic recall
  6. Du Plessis, J.C. (2001). Fundamental Sightreading Skills in Music: This research offers a new Intervention based on the research design (https://jacquesduplessis.com/_papers/sightread-of-music.html) this research is developing apps, and physical instructional objects to test the hypothesis of using triplets in developing automatic recall.
  7. Du Plessis J.C. and the development team at the Technical University of Upper Austria at Hagenberg (2012). Grammar Generator - An online grammar generator tool for foreign-language learning.
  8. Du Plessis J.C. and the development team at the Technical University of Upper Austria at Hagenberg (2011). Digital Dashboard - An interactive flash-based tracking system for student grading and performance in online courses on the Web (integrated into https://www.afrikaans.us/afrikaans/home-afrikaans/).
  9. Du Plessis J.C. and Rummerstorfer, S. (2011). Flowtion III - An expansion to the second generation design of the initial interactive flash card system for the Web.
  10. Du Plessis J.C. and the development team at the Technical University of Upper Austria at Hagenberg (2010). Flotion II - A second generation design of the initial interactive flash card system for the Web.
  11. Du Plessis J.C. and the development team at the Technical University of Upper Austria at Hagenberg (2009). Flotion I - An innovative interactive flash card system for the Web.
  12. Du Plessis, J.C. & Pichler, A. (2009). Math Flash Game Version 3 of Math Flash Game to learn incrementation by numbers 1 - 10 is the first version is an audio-only educational game. It serves both the general population, as well as blind students.
  13. Du Plessis J.C. and the development team at the Technical University of Upper Austria at Hagenberg (2009). Math Flash Game Version 2 of Flash educational game to learn incrementation by numbers 1 - 10. The software is a Web-based game and developed by a semester-based team of students at the Technical University of Upper Austria. The software will be deployed as a basis tool for mastery of incrementation of all numbers 1 - 10 in early Mathematics education. This tool represents the designed activity for the treatment group to develop the intended skill. At http://jacquesduplessis.com/uwm/papers/mathfuture.html, the research proposal is found that serves as the theoretical basis for the game. Since this game is build in Flash, it is not supported on a browser anymore.
  14. Du Plessis, J.C. (2008). Flash game to learn incrementation by numbers 1 - 10. The software is a Web-based game and developed by a semester-based team of students at the Technical University of Upper Austria. The software will be deployed as a basis tool for mastery of incrementation of all numbers 1 - 10 in early Mathematics education. This tool represents the designed activity for the treatment group to develop the intended skill. The research proposal, found at Mathfuture, will conclude with quantitative data gathering and will be published upon completion.
  15. Du Plessis, J.C. (2008). Flexitutor for the Web. This software is based on the PC standalone product. It is developed by a semester-based team of graduate students at the Technical University of Upper Austria. The software was deployed on the openlanguages.net environment.
  16. Du Plessis, J.C. (1999). Flexitutor for Windows. This software is used at the university level to teach Afrikaans, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  17. Du Plessis, J.C. (1995). Flexitutor for Mac OS.
  18. Du Plessis, J.C. (1988). Flexitutor for DOS.
7   Instructional Aids
  1. Co-developed and coordinated the development of instructional materials as part of a service learning initiative in the Milwaukee area. The nonprofits include: St. Anne Center, SER-Jobs for Progress, The Dominican Center, YMCA, Indo-Chinese Center, Journey House, Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, and Enrichment Opportunities.
8   Psychometric and Evaluative Instruments
  1. A team approach with Drs Simon Mu and Wooseob Jeong, consulting with GE Medical to develop a knowledge management infrastructure and protocols for several of their product lines. 2006-2008.
9   Research Projects Conducted and Grants Received
  1. UW System Idea Advance Grant (2019). Startup Funds to develop Public Data Block – A blockchain technology to disrupt the traditional notarization process. $25,000.00.
  2. Persistent testing of water (2019). Undergraduate Research Grant for research to develop a public information system regarding lead in drinkable water, using persistent testing of water quality. $1,500.00.
  3. Persistent testing of water (2018). Three Undergraduate Research Grants ($1,500.00 each) for projects tied together around persistent testing of water quality. $4,500.00.
  4. Fundamentals of Math and Alphabetic Literacy (2017). Undergraduate Research Grant. Research and development of new innovations to master fundamental skills in elementary math and alphabetic literacy. $3,600.00.
  5. Team Cyberia (2017). National Science Foundation Mini Grant as a team as part of I-Corp to investigate the customer experience in information flow and dissemination. $2,400.00 with research done on location at ISU, BYU-I, USU and the U of U.
  6. Eargear (2016). Three Undergraduate Research Grants for continued development of EarGear - A browser-based learning environment for the blind (2015-2019). $10,000.00.
  7. Center for International Education/Office for Undergraduate Research Grant for Research in South Africa (2011). $4,000.00.
  8. Learning Technology Center Mobile Apps Development Grant (2011). $2000.00.
  9. CIE Materials Development Grant (2009). $3,000.00.
  10. Co PIs Jeong, W., Mu, S. & Du Plessis, J. (2008). GE knowledge Management Project. $85,000.00.
  11. Center for International Education Course Development Grant, (2005-2006). UWM. $2,000.00.
10   Minor Publications, Book Reviews, Editorials, Blogs, and Interviews
      All the blogs below can be accessed at Wisconsin Alliance
  1. BLOG: Smart Cities – What in the name of progress are we thinking?. February 01, 2021.
  2. BLOG: Smart Cities – PaaS - It is a big deal. November 25, 2020.
  3. BLOG: Smart Cities – Reset our Imagination. November 19, 2020.
  4. BLOG: Smart Cities – The Circular City. November 16, 2020.
  5. BLOG: Smart Cities – Transportation in the City. November 11, 2020.
  6. BLOG: Smart Cities – When will we ban plastic to the landfill?. August 22, 2020.
  7. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart People are Caring People - Fine-tuning the System. August 06, 2020.
  8. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart People, Smart Systems: Eliminate the Them and Us. August 06, 2020.
  9. BLOG: Smart Cities – IoT and Wireless Energy Supply. July 31, 2020.
  10. BLOG: Smart Cities – Plastic Free store in Michigan. June 24, 2020.
  11. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart Cities and the Pandemic - The Utah Report. June 16, 2020.
  12. BLOG: Smart Cities – Covid-19 and Citizen Responses. March 26, 2020.
  13. BLOG: Smart Cities – Responsive Leadership. March 24, 2020.
  14. BLOG: Smart Cities – IoT for Health in the Home. March 18, 2020.
  15. BLOG: Smart Cities – Education in the Era of Smart Cities and Disruption as a Norm. March 16, 2020.
  16. BLOG: Smart Cities – Covid-19 and being Smart. March 16, 2020.
  17. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart City Thinking about Covid-19. March 08, 2020.
  18. BLOG: Smart Cities – Vertical Farming. January 29, 2020.
  19. BLOG: Smart Cities – Transportation. April 13, 2019.
  20. BLOG: Smart Cities – A Bigger Vision. May 27, 2019.
  21. BLOG: Smart Cities – Let's grow HEMP! May 31, 2019.
  22. BLOG: Smart Cities – Health and 5G. June 13, 2019.
  23. BLOG: Smart Cities – The Sails of this Ship. June 24, 2019.
  24. BLOG: Smart Cities – Blockchain and Behavior Change.
  25. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart because we are aware. July 4, 2019.
  26. BLOG: Smart Cities – Ben Green's Book "The Smart Enough City". August 16, 2019.
  27. BLOG: Smart Cities – Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transportation. August 21, 2019.
  28. BLOG: Smart Cities – Amsterdam ‐ Dutch Innovations (Part 1). August 27, 2019.
  29. BLOG: Smart Cities – Amsterdam ‐ Dutch Innovations (Part 2). August 28, 2019.
  30. BLOG: Smart Cities – Amsterdam ‐ Public Exercise Equipment. August 28, 2019.
  31. BLOG: Smart Cities – Amsterdam ‐ Disrupting the Concept of Housing. August 28, 2019.
  32. BLOG: Smart Cities – 360 Economy ‐ Recycling - time for an upgrade in Wisconsin. September 9, 2019.
  33. BLOG: Smart Cities – 360 Economy ‐ Coffee Cups. September 19, 2019.
  34. BLOG: Smart Cities – 360 Economy ‐ Construction Materials. September 23, 2019.
  35. BLOG: Smart Cities – Circular Economy ‐ A new way of looking at the "Bang for your Buck". October 8, 2019.
  36. BLOG: Smart Cities – Plastic in the Smart City. October 16, 2019.
  37. BLOG: Smart Cities – Linear versus Circular: A Fundamental Mindshift. October 29, 2019.
  38. BLOG: Smart Cities – AI and Cities. October 29, 2019.
  39. BLOG: Smart Cities – Traffic Congestion. November 7, 2019.
  40. BLOG: Smart Cities – Green Certification. November 16, 2019.
  41. BLOG: Smart Cities – Infrastructure. November 18, 2019.
  42. BLOG: Smart Cities – The Role of Money in Recycling. November 29, 2019.
  43. BLOG: Smart Cities – Fixing the Bio-degradable Process. November 29, 2019.
  44. BLOG: Smart Cities – Fixing the Security Problem in Hout Bay, South Africa. December 27, 2019.
  45. BLOG: Smart Cities – Vertical Farming. January 29, 2020
  46. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart City Thinking about Covid-19. March 8, 2020.
  47. BLOG: Smart Cities – Covid-19 and being Smart. March 16, 2020.
  48. BLOG: Smart Cities – Education in the Era of Smart Cities and Disruption as the Norm. March 16, 2020.
  49. BLOG: Smart Cities – IoT for Health in the Home. March 18, 2020.
  50. BLOG: Smart Cities – Responsive Leadership. March 24, 2020.
  51. BLOG: Smart Cities – Covid-19 and Citizen Responses. March 26, 2020.
  52. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart Cities and the Pandemic - The Utah Report. June 16, 2020.
  53. BLOG: Smart Cities – Plastic Free Sore in Michigan. June 24, 2020.
  54. BLOG: Smart Cities – IoT and Wireless Energy Supply. July 31, 2020.
  55. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart People, Smart Systems: Eliminate the Them and us. August 06, 2020.
  56. BLOG: Smart Cities – Smart People are Caring People - Fine-tuning the System. August 06, 2020.
  57. BLOG: Smart Cities – When will we ban plastic from the landfill?. August 22, 2020.
  58. BLOG: Smart Cities – Transportation in the city. October 11, 2020.
  59. BLOG: Smart Cities – The Circular City November 16, 2020.
  60. BLOG: Smart Cities – Reset our Imagination. November 19, 2020.
  61. BOOK REVIEW: Du Plessis, J.C. (2019). "Smart World Cities in the 21st Century". Agnes Mainka. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 288 pp. $114.99 (hardcover). (ISBN 978-3-11-057525-5) in the Journal of the Association for information Science and Technology DOI:10.1002/asi.24225
  62. RESEARCH COMPETITION: Khaitan, R. and Du Plessis, J.C. (2018). The Role of Sensors in Internet of Things -- From Fundamental to Applied Research. UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science Spring Research Competition.
  63. RESEARCH COMPETITION: Becker, E. and Du Plessis, J.C. (2017). HTML5 Audio Language Tool for the Blind. UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science Spring Research Competition.
  64. BLOG: Du Plessis, J.C. (2017). "Would I want a jury to make the call?" A reflection on the jury system based on personal experience as a juror. Posted on LinkedIn.
  65. BLOG: Du Plessis, J.C. (2016). "Conflict in the Workplace - Standing back to see our pattern." A analysis of patterns that rise to the top. Posted on LinkedIn.
  66. BLOG: Du Plessis, J.C. (2015). "Infrastructure." A reflection on a journey through the Namib desert, void of any infrastructure and the establishment of infrastructure on a daily basis. Posted on LinkedIn.
  67. Invited Published Seminar contribution to the LitNet forum on Digitization of Literature in South Africa (2011). "Die bemiddeling van 21ste-eeuse navorsing in die Afrikaanse letterkunde: Nabetragting van 'Die digitalisering van NALN se knipselversameling'"
  68. WUWM Public Radio Interview (2008). Interview about the open language network I am building for Afrikaans and other African languages.
  69. INTERVIEW - Milwaukee Public Television. (2006). "The International Forum" Interview about South Africa under President P.W. Botha.
  70. BOOK REVIEW: Du Plessis, J. C. (2003). "Avenues toward Christianity: Mormonism in Comparative Church History," by Christian Gellinek. Published by Global Publications at SUNY Binghamton Publications.
11   Editorials, Reviews, and Interviews of One's Research by Others
  1. African Languages Teachers Association Newsletter (2008). Introducing www.openlanguages.net (now afrikaans.us)
  2. Radio Interview (2008). "UWM Today" Interview about teaching Afrikaans and other African languages online.
  3. Du Plessis, J.C. & Ricigliano, R. (2007). Now free, South Africa still faces many challenges. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial. Available only with subscription at www.jsonline.com.
  4. Die Burger (2006). South African Press about https://www.afrikaans.us.
  5. My research about open learning was published in a CIE publication, and it was the campus highlight on the UWM website on Wednesday, 8 March, 2006.
  6. Radio Interview. (2005). "At Ten" Interview about Service Learning in Milwaukee.
  7. Downes, S. (2004). Blog review of paper on Learning Objects. Online www.downes.ca/post/27 Accessed February, 2023. (also referenced in www.downes.ca/post/7804)
12   Projects
  1. Openlanguages (2004-present). Open learning development for foreign language learning at www.afrikaans.us - The site is dedicated to learning less commonly-taught languages via the Web as an open non-credit asynchronous course. The site has between five and six thousand visits per month, and has been recognized by several major South African newspapers. Many top South African performers and notable poets have donated their creative works to augment the offering. (Exhibited on the Web, publicly available, open access). Languages currently under development: Afrikaans, Korean.
13   Professional Work
  1. Immediate-Past-President - Association of Genealogical Educators and Schools (AGES), 2024-2025.
  2. President - Association of Genealogical Educators and Schools (AGES), 2022-2023. Incorporated as a non profit. The focus: This is the first international academic organization to ground genealogy and family history at academic institutions to promote teaching and research.
  3. Founding Director - Association of Genealogical Educators and Schools (AGES), 2018-2022.
  4. Governing Board Member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts (2020-2023).
  5. Co-founder - SOIS Disruptive Technologies Lab (2018-present). The lab investigates Blockchain technologies, IoT solutions, and Artificial Intelligence.
  6. Founder of the Wisconsin Smart Cities Alliance (2018-2021). A partnership between academics, local government, non-profits and the private sector.
  7. Advisory Board Member ‐ Connected Systems Institute (CSI) (2018-2020). The institute develops models for greater productivity through IIoT technologies.
  8. Founding Member - Die Internasionale Vereniging vir Afrikaans (IVA), 2016. This new organization brings under one umbrella the instructional mission of teaching and learning Afrikaans at academic institutions, both as a foreign language, or as a major, Masters, or PhD program. The IVA has members in Africa, Europe, and the USA.
  9. Haiti Education Project - Consultant, 2016-2018. Focus: Design and deliver a microgrid system with solar and wind energy for the St. Marc's Anglican church and K-12 school in rural Haiti with power and lights, and a computer infrastructure for their educational needs.
  10. Board Member - Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP) Advisory Committee. (2016-2020). We evaluate all applications of schools in Wisconsin as Schools of Character.
  11. Executive Board Member - Governing Board of Directors of the Pathways High School. (2016-2018). This is a project-based public high school committed to innovation in learning.
  12. Wisconsin: Mediator as part of the Mediation Team for the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion (2014-2016).
  13. Governance Board Member, eAchieve Academy Wisconsin (2014-2019). eAchieve is a virtual high school serving the Waukesha School District.
  14. President - The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2014-2016).
  15. Vice-President - The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2012-2014).
  16. Member of the Executive Board - The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2011-2012).
  17. Delegate Assembly Member - The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2009-2011).
  18. Executive Board Member - Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (2009-2020). Most universities in Wisconsin, private and public, are members of the Institute. We promote peace education and scholarship.
14   List Research or Professional Awards, Ranking in Competitions, etc.
  1. National Graduate Student Honor Roll, 2000, 2001.
  2. Stoddard Graduate Scholarship, 2000.
15   Other Significant Research, Scholarship, and Professional Activities, Completed or in Progress
  1. Du Plessis, J.C. (2018). Die Doelstellings van Onderwys: 'n Holistiese Raamwerk." (The Objectives of Education: A Holistic Framework). Submitted for publication to the Journal of Humanities (South African Academy of Science and Arts).
  2. Du Plessis, J.C. (in progress). Afrikaans Learners' Reference Grammar. To be published by the National African Languages Resource Center Press, Madison, WI.
  3. Du Plessis J.C. (in progress). Afrikaans Internasionaal. The textbook will integrate with the AFRIKAANS.US environment as either an ebook and paper book.
  4. Du Plessis, J.C. and Doppelbauer, C. (Dec 2013). The Course Digital Dashboard - Phase II. An interactive environment for students to track progress.
  5. Du Plessis, J.C. and a Senior Class Team at the Technical University of Upper Austria (2011). Phase one of the interactive graph of student accomplishment (Digital Dashboard). (November, 2011). This is an interactive tool to help keep online students on task, especially in online courses.
  6. Du Plessis, J.C. and a Senior Class Team at the Technical University of Upper Austria (2010). Flowtion II. A refined rework of the original Flowtion I design. Currently final post development designs were implemented, Nov 2011.
  7. Du Plessis, J.C. and a Senior Class Team at the Technical University of Upper Austria (2009). Flowtion I. A design to provide online interactivity to factual memorization tasks.
  8. Du Plessis, J.C. and a Senior Class Team at the Technical University of Upper Austria (2008). Open Navigation. A Web-based design to gain information and navigate a physical space via an audio-interface. The future iterations of this will enable those who are blind to explore new physical spaces via the Web.
  9. Du Plessis, J.C. and a Senior Class Team at the Technical University of Upper Austria (2008). Math by Incrementation. A design to teach automation of incrementation beyond counting to expand Math capabilities in young learners. Three versions of this game-based design have been developed, based on the design as outlined here: http://jacquesduplessis.com/uwm/papers/mathfuture.html.
  10. MathFlash Game: The game was then redesigned with the next version to improve on some of the intrinsic weaknesses to this initial prototype.
  11. MathFlash Version 2: The idea was expanded to include blind pupils, and in fact, it was found that the follow-up prototype, has significant benefits in enhancing concentration even for sighted students.
16   Unfunded Grant Proposals
  1. Du Plessis, J.C. (2012). UWM Foundation Grant. Flight Plan: A Comprehensive Courses and Major Advisement Tool.
  2. Stevens, P., Banda, A., Mkandawire-Valmu, L. Du Plessis, J.C., Galvao, L. RGI Grant (2010). Piloting a Participatory, Peer-Based Longitudinal Intervention in Support of Rural HIV-Infected Women in Two East African Countries.
  3. Stevens, P., Banda, A., Mkandawire-Valmu, L. Du Plessis, J.C. (2010). Gates Foundation Grant. Low-Cost Cell Phone-mediated Community-based Group Case Management for HIV-Infected Women: Maximizing Social Networking to foster Selfcare-management, Improve Health Outcomes, and Revolutionize Front-line HIV Care in Rural Kenya.
  4. Ricigliano, R., Du Plessis, J.C. (2008). RGI Grant. Peacebuilding Virtual Collaboration Environment - Co-author of and RGI grant proposal to develop and implement a virtual collaboration environment for vertical and horizontal collaboration in peacebuilding efforts in the international and regional arenas.
  5. Du Plessis J. and Adams S. (2007). Fromkin Grant Proposal. The Residual Effect of Service Learning on Continued Civic Engagement.
  6. Du Plessis J. (2006). Title VI Grant Proposal with the Department of Education - Open Learning on the Web: Afrikaans. This is an ongoing research and development project to develop an open web-based learning environment for the learning of a foreign language. (https://www.afrikaans.us/afrikaans/home-afrikaans/)
  7. Du Plessis J. and Adams S. (2006). Fromkin Grant Proposal - Research on the longevity of change toward volunteerism in students that have participated in Service Learning courses.
  8. Milwaukee e-Health Index - Co-author of an RGI grant proposal to develop an e-health index.
  9. Du Plessis J. (2004). ACADILI - Indexed Academic Public Domain Image Library. Internal SOIS round for a Microsoft grant.


C - Teaching


1   Course Instruction

Semester

Course name

Students

Credit/Level

Fa_02

430 Multimedia Application Development

33

3cr (U)

Fa_02

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

14

3cr (U/G)

Sp_03

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

17

3cr (U/G)

Sp_03

670 Instructional Technologies

14

3cr (G)

Su_03

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

15

3cr (U/G)

Su_03

891 Multimedia Technologies

36

3cr (G)

Fa_03

430 Multimedia Application Development

37

3cr (U)

Fa_03

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

21

3cr (U/G)

Sp_04

430 Multimedia Application Development

16

3cr (U)

Sp_04

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

24

3cr (U/G)

Su_04

670 Instructional Technologies

08

3cr (G)

Su_04

891 Multimedia Technologies

13

3cr (G)

Fa_04

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

16

3cr (U/G)

Fa_04

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

13

3cr (U/G)

Fa_04

430 Multimedia Application Development

35

3cr (U)

Wi_05

691 Study Abroad (South Africa)

14

3cr (U/G)

Sp_05

670 Instructional Technologies

10

3cr (G)

Sp_05

430 Multimedia Application Development

17

3cr (U)

Su_05

670 Instructional Technologies

06

3cr (G)

Su_05

891 Multimedia Technologies

21

3cr (G)

Fa_05

430 Multimedia Application Development

23

3cr (U)

Fa_05

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

41

3cr (U/G)

Fa_05

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

13

3cr (U/G)

Sp_06

430 Multimedia Application Development

13

3cr (U)

Su_06

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

08

3cr (U/G)

Su_06

891 Multimedia Technologies

15

3cr (G)

Fa_06

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

19

3cr (U/G)

Fa_06

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

35

3cr (U/G)

Sp_07

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

25

3cr (U/G)

Sp_07

670 Instructional Technologies

19

3cr (G)

Sp_07

670 Instructional Technologies

11

3cr (G)

Su_07

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

11

3cr (U/G)

Su_07

891 Multimedia

13

3cr (G)

Fa_07

430 Multimedia Product Development

24

3cr (U)

Fa_07

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

09

3cr (U/G)

Wi_08

691 Study Abroad (South Africa)

06

3cr (U/G)

Sp_08

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

25

3cr (U/G)

Sp_08

430 Multimedia Product Development

25

3cr (U)

Su_08

891 Multimedia

13

3cr (G)

Su_08

891 Multimedia

05

3cr (G)

Fa_08

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

12

3cr (U/G)

Fa_08

430 Multimedia Product Development

12

3cr (U)

Fa_08

430 Multimedia Product Development

15

3cr (U)

Wi_09

497 Study Abroad (South Africa)

8

3cr (U/G)

Sp_09

670 Instructional Technologies

12

3cr (G)

Sp_09

670 Instructional Technologies

18

3cr (G)

Su_09

891 Multimedia

09

3cr (G)

Su_09

891 Multimedia

02

3cr (G)

Fa_09

430 Multimedia Product Development

21

3cr (U)

Fa_09

430 Multimedia Product Development

13

3cr (U)

Fa_09

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

19

3cr (U/G)

Wi_10

497 Study Abroad (South Africa)

6

3cr (U/G)

Sp_10

670 Instructional Technologies

25

3cr (G)

Su_10

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

16

3cr (U/G)

Su_10

678 Multimedia

18

3cr (G)

Fa_10

Afrikaans 101 (Global Studies 299)

24

3cr (U)

Fa_10

430 Multimedia Product Development

19

3cr (U)

Fa_10

430 Multimedia Product Development

14

3cr (U)

Fa_10

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

12

3cr (U/G)

Wi_11

497 Study Abroad (South Africa)

8

3cr (U/G)

Sp_11

Afrikaans 102 (Global Studies 299)

13

3cr (U)

Su_11

632 Microcomputer for Info. Resources Mgmt.

15

3cr (U/G)

Su_11

786 Multimedia

17

3cr (G)

Fa_11

Afrikaans 201 (Global Studies 299)

11

3cr (U)

Fa_11

430 Multimedia Product Development

27

3cr (U)

Wi_12

497 Study Abroad (South Africa)

06

3cr (U/G)

Sp_12

Afrikaans 101 (Global Studies 299)

08

3cr (U)

Sp_12

291 Special Topics

15

3cr (U)

Su_12

786 Multimedia

23

3cr (G)

Fa_12

Afrikaans 102 (Global Studies 299)

09

3cr (U)

Sp_13

Afrikaans 201 (Global Studies 299)

04

3cr (U)

Su_14

786 Multimedia

24

3cr (G)

Fa_14

430 Multimedia Product Development

14

3cr (U)

Fa_14

670 Instructional Technologies

24

3cr (G)

Wi_15

497 Study Abroad (South Africa)

07

3cr (U/G)

Sp_15

670 Instructional Technologies

07

3cr (G)

Fa_15

430 Multimedia Product Development

20

3cr (U)

Sp_16

670 Instructional Technologies

07

3cr (G)

Sp_16

691 Genealogy & Family History

14

1cr (U/G)

Su_16

583 Survey of Information Security

15

3cr (U/G)

Fa_16

583 Survey of Information Security

19

3cr (U/G)

Fa_16

430 Multimedia Application Development

25

3cr (U)

Sp_17

691 Hypertext Markup Language

11

3cr (G)

Sp_17

691 Cascading Style Sheets

04

3cr (G)

Sp_17

691 Genealogy & Family History

15

1cr (U/G)

Su_17

678 Multimedia

09

3cr (U/G)

Su_17

583 Survey of Information Security

13

3cr (U)

Fa_17

783 Survey of Information Security

23

3cr (U/G)

Sp_18

240 Web Design I

36

3cr (U)

Sp_18

691 Genealogy & Family History

10

1cr (U/G)

Sp_18

691 Hypertext Markup Language

15

1cr (U/G)

Sp_18

691 Cascading Style Sheets

10

1cr (U/G)

Su_18

583 Survey of Information Security

11

3cr (U/G)

Fa_18

583 Survey of Information Security

22

3cr (U/G)

Sp_19

240 Web Design I

35

3cr (U)

Sp_19

240 Web Design I

28

3cr (U)

Sp_19

691 Genealogy & Family History

24

1cr (U/G)

Sp_19

691 Hypertext Markup Language

13

1cr (U/G)

Sp_19

691 Cascading Style Sheets

10

1cr (U/G)

Su_19

240 Web Design I

19

3cr (U)

Su_19

583 Survey of Information Security

13

3cr (U/G)

Sp_20

240 Web Design I

30

3cr (U)

Sp_20

691 Genealogy & Family History

19

1cr (U/G)

Sp_20

691 Hypertext Markup Language

11

1cr (U/G)

Sp_20

691 Cascading Style Sheets

09

1cr (U/G)

Su_20

583 Survey of Information Security

27

3cr (U/G)

Fa_20

240 Web Design I

28

3cr (U)

Fa_20

583 Survey of Information Security

23

3cr (U/G)

Sp_21

784 Information Security Management

18

3cr (G)

Sp_21

691 Genealogy & Family History

22

1cr (U/G)

Sp_21

691 Hypertext Markup Language

09

1cr (U/G)

Sp_21

691 Cascading Style Sheets

06

1cr (U/G)

Su_21

583 Survey of Information Security

19

3cr (U/G)

Fa_21

583 Survey of Information Security

27

3cr (U/G)

Fa_21

240 Web Design I

34

3cr (U)

Sp_22

240 Web Design I

26

3cr (U)

Sp_22

784 Information Security Management

7

3cr (G)

Su_22

240 Web Design I

26

3cr (U)

Su_22

583 Survey of Information Security

14

3cr (U/G)

Fa_22

583 Survey of Information Security

22

3cr (U/G)

Fa_22

240 Web Design I

27

3cr (U/G)

Fa_22

240 Web Design I

18

3cr (U/G)

Sp_23

240 Web Design I

30

3cr (U/G)

Sp_23

691 Hypertext Markup Language

07

1cr (U/G)

Sp_23

691 Cascading Style Sheets

05

1cr (U/G)

Sp_23

691 Genealogy & Family History

12

1cr (U/G)

Su_23

583 Survey of Information Security

15

3cr (U/G)

Fa_23

240 Web Design I

33

3cr (U/G)

Sp_24

110 Intro to Info Sci & Technology

45

3cr (U/G)

Sp_24

240 Web Design I

40

3cr (U/G)

Sp_24

691 HTML Fundamentals

07

1cr (U/G)

Sp_24

691 Cascading Style Sheets

04

1cr (U/G)

Sp_24

691 Genealogy & Family History

09

1cr (U/G)

Su_24

110 Intro to Info Sci & Technology

46

3cr (U/G)


2   Student Supervision
  1. UWM, SOIS - PhD Dissertation Committee Chair - (2017-2018).
  2. UWM, SOIS - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2017).
  3. Pepperdine University, California - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2017).
  4. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2017).
  5. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2017; 2016).
  6. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2016).
  7. UWM, Communications - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2016).
  8. UWM, College of Education - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2015; 2016; 2016).
  9. UWM, Computer Science - PhD Dissertation Committee - (2015).
  10. University of Pretoria, South Africa - External Reviewer (2007-present).
  11. University of Pretoria, South Africa - External Examiner (2006-present).
  12. UWM, SOIS, Supervise independent research, internships, independent study, and fieldwork (2004-present).
3   Program Development, Implementation, and Management
  1. SOIS - Received $4000.00 seed funding for a new course development for the Information Security track of the Masers of Information Science and Technology (2017).
  2. SOIS - Developed the Information Security Core Course for the new Masters of Information Science and Technology (2015).
  3. SOIS - Developed the Genealogy Course for the Masters of Library and Information Science (2015).
  4. SOIS - Implement a new Masters of Information Science and Technology: Co-Chair (2014-2015).
  5. Study Abroad: South Africa "HIV Prevention - The Information Campaign in the context of culture, socio-economic and gender factors". Offered in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2015.
  6. SOIS-College of Health Sciences Collaboration. On the SOIS team to work out collaboration between Health Sciences and Information Studies. (2006).
  7. BA in Global Studies: Communications - Collaborating with the Center for International Education to integrate SOIS courses into this track. (2003-2004).
  8. SOIS Delegation to SLIS-Madison. Participated in the collaboration talks with the SLIS program at UW-Madison. (2004).
  9. Digital Archiving Explorations - visited with the digital archiving programs at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Ancestry.com and IArchives to understand the current methods used in the field to archive and digitize content. (2003).
4   Organizing colloquia, institutes, workshops, or other programs
  1. Conference co-organizer (2013). The yearly Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Peacebuilding Conference, hosted at the Zilber School of Public Health, UWM.
5   Teaching Activities of Note
  1. Taught the first ever fully online Foreign Language course at UWM, 2010.
  2. Trainer of two cohorts of Fullbright Scholars to the US (2009-2010).
  3. Provided culture training for the US Navy - Africa Command (2008).
  4. Developed the first-ever Study Abroad program at the School of Information Studies, UWM (2005).
  5. Implemented the first podcasting components as part of teaching at the School of Information Studies, UWM (2003).
  6. Introduced the first Service Learning course in the School of Information Studies (2002). This has meant some extra work and time spent with nonprofits in the community to ensure the success of this program. The results have been very satisfying. Numerous multimedia products (including websites, movies, presentations, and instructional software) have been developed for the following institutions: St. Anne Center, SER-Jobs for Progress, The Dominican Center, YMCA, the Indo-Chinese Center, Journey House, and Enrichment Opportunities.


D - Service


1   Membership or leadership in department, school, college, division, university, or system committees and/or task forces.
  1. SOIS - Chair of the Bachelor's of Science in Information Science and Technology Committee (2019-2023)
  2. SOIS - Member of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (2022-2023)
  3. SOIS - Chair of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (2021-2022)
  4. SOIS - Chair of the Research Committee (2023-2024)
  5. UWM - Connected Systems Academic Advisory Board (2019-2021).
  6. UWM - Chancellor's Ad Hoc Investigation Committee - Chair (2017).
  7. UWM - College of Education, Charter School Application Committee (2017-2021).
  8. UWM - Public Relations Committee - Chair (2016-2019).
  9. UWM - Masters of Sustainable Peacebuilding Advisory Committee (2016-2021).
  10. UWM - Libraries Committee - member (2015-2016).
  11. UWM - Ombuds Council Member (2015-2021).
  12. UWM - Faculty Rules and Regulations Committee (2014-2015; 2016-17).
  13. SOIS - Member of the Academic Program and Budget Committee (2015-2022).
  14. UWM - Faculty Senate (2014-2017).
  15. UWM - Co-organizer of the annual 2014 Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference (2014).
  16. UWM - Organizer of the 2013 IT Summit (as CIO).
  17. UWM - Digital Future Initiative (Directing the initiative 2013-2014).
  18. UWM - Emerging Technologies Committee (2012-2013).
  19. UWM - Digital Future Initiative (Co-chair for teaching and learning committee) (2010-2012).
  20. UWM - Enterprise Risk Management Working group (2012-2013).
  21. UWM - Budget Model Working Group (2012-2016).
  22. UWM - Audit team member, E-mail Degradation Investigation (2009).
  23. UWM - Athletics Committee (2010).
  24. UWM - Internationalization Committee (Ad Hoc).
  25. UWM - Search Committee (ad hoc) for Vice-Chancellor for Development (2008).
  26. UWM - Member of the UWM Online Program Council (2006-2014).
  27. UWM - Member of the Information Policy Technology Committee (2006-2009).
  28. UWM - Chair of the Email/Calendar Procurement Team. (2006) - Did a successful RFP to replace the current campus email/calendaring solution.
  29. UWM - Global Studies Advisory Committee (2006-2018).
  30. UWM - Member of the advisory committee for the Center for Cultural Diversity and Global Health (Since 2005).
  31. UWM - Member of the Educational Advisory Committee (2004).
  32. UWM - Member of the Pantherfile implementation team (2004). (ad hoc).
  33. UWM - Chair: Workshop for ICT for Africa (Fall 2005).
  34. UWM - Unit Technology Representative - A campus-wide committee to determine and structure IT decisions for UWM, 2003.
  35. UWM - Member and Chair: Black and Gold Action Team: PantherProf 2003-2005. (ad hoc).
  36. UWM - Member: Black and Gold Committee 2003-2004. (ad hoc).
  37. UWM - Member: Racio-Ethnic Committee 2003-2005 (ad hoc).
  38. UWM - Member: Campus Technology Advisory Committee 2004-2005.
  39. UWM - Member: Campus-wide Content Management Evaluation Team 2004-2005.
  40. UWM - Member: PantherFile (Xythos) Implementation Team 2004-2005.
  41. SOIS - Chair: Undergraduate Program Committee 2009-2010.
  42. SOIS - Member: Graduate Admissions Committee 2005-2007.
  43. SOIS - Member: Search Committee for IR faculty positions (ad hoc).
  44. SOIS - Member: Search Committee for Assistant Dean Position (ad hoc).
  45. SOIS - Member & Chair: Search Committee for Staff Positions (ad hoc).
  46. SOIS - Chair: Computer Policy Committee 2002-2003.
2   Major responsibility for coordination of programs, departments, or centers.
  1. 1. Undergraduate Program Committee Chair: School of Information Studies, 2018-2023.
  2. Executive Committee Chair: School of Information Studies, 2015-2018.
  3. Faculty Chair and Executive Committee Chair: Zilber School of Public Health, 2015.
  4. UWM Curriculum Review Committee, 2012.
  5. SOIS Director of Undergraduate Program, BS of Information Science and Technology, 2011-2012.
  6. SOIS coordinator for the MLIS - MAFL degree program, 2005-2012.
3   Involvement in student activities.
  1. Judge in the Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition, College of Engineering and Applied Science (2018).
  2. Judge in the Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, College of Engineering and Applied Science (2017).
  3. Participated in the SOIS Student Orientation, Fall 2016.
  4. Invited Speaker at the General Student Orientation, Summer 2014
  5. Invited Speaker at the General Student Orientation, Summer 2011.
  6. Invited Speaker at the General Student Orientation, Summer 2010.
  7. Invited Speaker at the General Student Orientation, Summer 2008.
  8. Attended SOIS Student Orientation, Fall 2007
  9. Attended SOIS Student Orientation, Fall 2006.
  10. Attended SOIS Student Orientation, Fall, 2005.
  11. Participated in the Study-Abroad Fair, Fall 2004.
  12. Attended SOIS Student Orientation, Fall 2004.
4   Service and or Membership and Office, or Other Position of Leadership, Held in a Professional Organization
  1. Chair - Research Committee of the Association of Genealogy Educators and Schools (2023-24)
  2. Chair - Publications Committee of the Association of Genealogy Educators and Schools (2023-24)
  3. Member - ALTA, The African Languages Teacher's Association (2007).
  4. Member - NCOLCTL, The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2007).
  5. Reviewer - Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects (2005).
  6. Conducted a workshop, Library Council, Hales Corners, WI. (2005).
  7. Guest Editor - International Review of Distance Learning (2002).
5   Special Assignments for Professional Organizations, and/or Participation at Professional Meetings.
  1. Board Member - South Lincoln County Hospital Foundation Board (2021-2023).
  2. Board Member - Kemmerer/Diamondville WY Chamber of Commerce (2021-2023).
  3. MLIS Outreach to the Intermountain West states (2020-present).
  4. Invited speaker at the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Meeting "The Expanding Role of DNA in Genealogical Research" (2019).
  5. Chair - South African Academy of Science and Arts, Stals Award Selection Committee (2017-2020).
  6. Reviewer of submissions for the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (EISTA) conference (2017, 2018).
  7. Reviewer of submissions for the Association for Information Systems (2016).
  8. Reviewer of submissions for the NCOLCTL Conference (2009-2016).
  9. Trainer (2011) NALRC Workshop for Technology in Foreign Language Teaching.
  10. Trainer (2011) NCOLCTL Workshop for Technology in Foreign Language Teaching.
  11. Member - Global Studies Advisory Committee (2010-2015).
  12. Co-Chair of the Teaching and Learning Group of the Digital Future Initiative at UWM (2010-2014).
  13. Trainer (2010) NALRC Workshop for Technology in Foreign Language Teaching.
  14. Trainer (2009) NALRC Workshop for Technology in Foreign Language Teaching.
  15. Trainer (2008) at the workshop for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants.
  16. Trainer (2007) at two workshops for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants.
  17. UWM representative - Faculty Development Conference in Houston, TX. 2006.
  18. Lecture at teacher training workshop of the Sheboygan School District, 2005.
  19. Chair - panel discussion of the InSITE 2005 Conference in Flagstaff, AZ.
  20. Participant - BadgerNet Meeting, 2005 Green Lake, WI.
  21. Guest Editor - International Review Section of Educational Technology Research and Development, 2001 49(3), 106-125.
  22. Session Chair - 2008 conference of the National Council on the Teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Madison, WI.