Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper represents a pattern in the development of the state of practice in distance learning in rural Oklahoma in the computing sciences. It will describe a series of projects called ROCCA (Rural Oklahoma Collaborative Computing Alliance). ROCCA is an umbrella alliance for multiple projects in Rural Oklahoma designed to significantly increase the number of underrepresented graduating high school seniors that will pursue degrees in the computing disciplines. Rural isolation in Oklahoma is a problem for quality in all areas of Math and Science and in particularly the computing sciences. The economic base with the exception of agriculture and its support is very weak. The area discussed in this paper covers 12000 square miles. The selected school districts are representative of the broader problem in rural Oklahoma of finding teachers and resources to provide a minimum math and science preparation for college much less a focus on computing sciences. Involved school districts will range in size from 86 to 500 students K-12.
Moseley, W. & Raoufi, M. (2006). ROCCA : The Rural Oklahoma Collaborative Computing Alliance. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 468-473). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).