A compelling character, in a book or a movie, is a character to which the reader or viewer can relate. This does not imply that the character resembles or is perceived as resembling the reader or viewer but only that some form of connection between them can be made.
Online education is now expanding beyond the boutique and into the realm of mainstream. A recent article in Reuters noted that some 6.1 million students have now enrolled in some type of online program in the US alone. By far it seems that the most popular online degree programs are MBA programs and companies such as 2tor are leading the way in allowing traditional colleges and universities to hit the ground running as it were