Vera Polyakova-Norwood, an instructional desiger, worked with a nursing faculty member to create a syohronous role play experience for nursing doctoral students. They found that in an on-line program, students developed many skills: dealing with text, making multi-media presentations etc. but they were not especially adept at live handling of oral questions as they would be expected to handle as graduates. So they developed an assignment asking the nurses in teams to develop a persuasive presentation and defend it to a management team. Using adobe connect (we have umconnect) students could see one another and the instructor and could be called on to defend their proposal. This is a useful adjunct to on-line programs related to the need to demonstrate verbal proficiency.