Non Verbal and Mediated Communication

Non Verbal and Mediated Communication

This assignment will expose you to forms of communication other than language.  Be sure to read chapter 6 of the textbook before completing the assignment.

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Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:

  • Identify nonverbal elements of message formation.
  • Describe the nonverbal differences between face-to-face and computer-mediated communication.




  • Textbook: Communication in the Real World:  An Introduction to Communication Studies

Background Information

Many of us do not consider all the elements that make up the nonverbal message. Your body, your vocal elements (paralanguage), and the channel you use to send your message are all elements that contribute to nonverbal messages.  Social media, texting, and email are examples of the channels you might use to communicate, and all are components of computer-mediated communication, one of the most prolific communication channels in contemporary messaging.  This discussion will encourage your consideration of the impact of communicating through technology.


  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Review Chapter 4 in Communication in the Real World:  An Introduction to Communication Studies.
  3. Perform an Internet search of the term “computer-mediated communication” and cite the source.
  4. Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following prompts:
    1. Describe and illustrate two key elements or examples that define nonverbal communication based on your textbook reading.
    2. What nonverbal elements DO NOT exist in computer-mediated communication? So, how do we express our nonverbals in cyberspace?  This should best be answered from your Internet source.


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