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 Dr. James Njenga

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Department of Information Systems
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: BSc (Computer Science) (Nairobi),  MCom (UWC),  PhD (UWC)
Tel: 021 959 3243
Fax: 021 959 3522


 James Njenga is a recognized authority in Information Systems, mainly information systems education. His
experience has been built through critical and empathetic engagement with people – mainly his students – for
over 10 years. This experience is grounded research and training in complex, diverse and dispersed
environments. This has made James be very dynamic, flexible and adaptable and able to thrive in a fast-
paced environment.
He is continually working with students and in community projects mainly in the areas of digital innovation for
social inclusion, as well as the creation of digital enterprises for social inclusion.
He is also an e-learning consultant under the name eLearning Fundi.
James' Research interest is in Digital Innovation, Digital enterprises, Business Intelligence, Educational
Technology (e-Learning), Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Open Educational Resources (OERs).(OERs).


  • Peer-reviewed publications

    Njenga, J. K (2017) Socio-cultural paradoxes and issues in e-learning use in higher education Africa, Globalisation, Societies and Education, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2017.1390664


    Njenga, J. K and Fourie, L. C. H (2010) The myths about e-learning in higher education, British Journal of Education Technology, 41(2):199–212, DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2008.00910.x


    Stoltenkamp, J., Kies, C and Njenga, J (2007). Institutionalising the eLearning Division at the University of the Western Cape (UWC): Lessons Learnt. International Journal of Education & Development using Information & Communication Technology 3(4): 143-152 

    Book Chapters

    Njenga, J. K & Fourie, L C H. (2011) Here and Now or Coming in the Future? eLearning in Higher Education in Africa. In Bowdon M & Carpenter RG. Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models and Practices, IGI Global: 286-298 

    Njenga, J. K. (2017) E-Learning in Higher Education. In Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions, edited by JC Shin and P Teixeira, 1–6. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_323-1.

    Conference proceedings

    Njenga, J.K., Rodello, I.A., Hartl, K. and Jacob, O. (2017) Identifying Opportunities and Challenges for Adding Value to Decision-Making in Higher Education Through Academic Analytics. In Á. Rocha et al., eds. Recent Advances in Information Systems and Technologies: Volume 2. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 474–480. Available at:

    Baelden, D., Van Audenhove, L., Grove, W., Njenga, J., Craffert, L. and Stroeken, K. (2016) ‘UDUBSit. A location-based mobile application for the University of the Western Cape a living lab approach in support of participatory ICT4D’, in 2016 IST-Africa Week Conference. IEEE, pp. 1–10. doi: 10.1109/ISTAFRICA.2016.7530627.

    Njenga, J., K. and Fourie, L., C., H. (2008) eLearning adoption conceptual framework: the link between eLearning characteristics and adopter’s characteristics, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on e-Learning University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa 26-27 June 2008 pp. 337-346

    Stoltenkamp, J., Njenga, J. K & Kies, C. (2007). Building Training Networks for a Free eLearning System, Proceedings of the IST-Africa Conference, Maputo, Mozambique, 9 - 11 May 2007

    Njenga, J., K and Bytheway A. (2006). Using Developmental Research to Design a Web-Based Instructional Design Subsystem, Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable ICT Capacity in Developing Countries, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 6 - 9 August 2006

    Njenga, J., K and Bytheway A. (2006). Using Developmental Research to Design a Web-Based Instructional Design Subsystem: Report on the Software Design Process, Proceedings of the Conference on Information Technology in Tertiary Education (CITTE), Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 20 September 2006.

    Technical Reports

    Baelden, D., Van Audenhove, L., Fourie, L., Njenga, J. K., Debandt, A., Manolache, A., Vekov, D. & Adams, R. (2014) Zone-IT: A location-based & community oriented mobile application for the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  Results from the needs analysis and co-design study, 44p. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2053.8243​​

  • Njenga, J. K and Fourie, L. C. H (2010) The myths about e-learning in higher education, British Journal of Education Technology, 41(2):199–212, DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2008.00910.x





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