Phase 1 Discussion Board
Deliverable Length: 2 Parts: See Assignment Details

Reminder: Initial Discussion Board posts due by Wednesday, responses due by Sunday

Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Wednesday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Sunday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

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In today’s technological world, people spend quite a bit of time sending information via social networking sites, instant messaging and e-mail as alternatives to traditional face-to-face and voice-to-voice communications; however, communication is a two-way activity.

Study the classic communication model here.

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

Discuss with your colleagues your ideas on how the classic communication model applies to today’s e-communication techniques. Include the following in your discussion:

  • What is the role of the sender and receiver or encoder/decoder in e-communication today?
  • How do you decide what type of communication tool to use?
  • What do you consider when selecting an e-communication channel in a professional environment versus a social environment?
  • What are some of the things you anticipate from the receiver or decoder side of the model today? For example, a speedy response via instant messaging or the lack of spontaneity when using e-mail versus traditional face-to-face discussions may drive the type of sender tool you use.


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