Instructor Takes Steps To Enliven Online Class

Take a class that's boring in a lecture hall. Put it on the Internet in the form of lines of dull text scrolling silently across a computer screen. Then watch it lull even the most dedicated students to sleep.

That's why Libby Roeger makes an extra effort to put some appeal into her online courses. She wants to be sure that students have some fun as they learn, whether in class or online.

Ms. Roeger, an instructor at Shawnee Community College, in Ullin,