James Oigara

Associate Professor

Ed.D – Educational Theory and Practice. Binghamton University, SUNY
M.A. Geography - GIS and Environmental Geography. Binghamton University, SUNY
B.Ed. Secondary Education, Social Studies Education. Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

oigaraj@canisius.edu 3703 Office: CT 1105

James N Oigara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Canisius College. Dr. Oigara teaches courses in Teacher Education including Methods Courses for pre-service elementary teachers and Physical Geography. His primary research interests include integration of emerged and emerging forms of technologies into classroom instruction to enhance active learning. His current research focuses on improving higher education or university teaching through mobile tools. He also has an interest in utilizing geospatial tools like Global Positioning System (GPS), Virtual Reality (VR) and Geographic Information System (GIS) to teach social studies education. Dr. Oigara has published over twenty journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings on educational technology. He is a coeditor of a premier reference book Promoting Active Learning through the Flipped Classroom Model. Dr. Oigara is a co-director of the Tanzania summer cultural immersion program where students are exposed to Faith, Culture and Education on the Slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


  • NCSS Award - Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
  • Library of Congress (LOC) Grant – Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS)
  • SMARTer Kids Foundation PREP Grant - Preparing teachers for SMART boards
  • Esri GIS Sponsored Grant – Teaching with geospatial technology (GPS)


Ferguson, J. & Oigara, J. (2017). Ipads in the classroom: What do Teachers think? International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE) 53.

Oigara, J. (2017). Integrating virtual reality tools into classroom instruction. In Handbook of Research on Mobile Technology, Constructivism and Meaningful Learning. IGI Global, PA, USA.

Keengwe, J. Onchwari, G., & Oigara, J. (2014). Promoting active learning through the flipped classroom model. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA.

Bojinova, E. & Oigara, J. (2013). Use of clickers in higher education. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 25(2), 14-29.

Oigara, J. (2013). Integrating technology in teacher education programs. In Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration. IGI Global, PA, USA. PP 28-43.

Oigara, J. & Bojinova, E. & (2011). Teaching and learning with clickers: Are clickers good for students? Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects 7: 169-184.