Skip to Main Content

Communication: Home

Honeycomb Navigation

Click the honeycomb to navigate between all six transferable skills guides! Click the flame icon to navigate to the Rasmussen University Web site.

Illustration of the six Transferable Skills

Click to view the Critical Thinking guide Click to view the Digital Fluency guide Click to view the Information Literacy guide Click to view the Ethics & Professional Responsibility guide Click to view the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion guide Click to view the Communication guide Click to view the E-Resources guide

What is Communication

Communication is defined by Rasmussen University as “Displaying competence in writing, reading, and oral communication; understanding of non-verbal language.” What does this mean? Communication involves being able to express an idea clearly through written, verbal, and nonverbal means or media. To be successful in this expression, the message must have a purpose and appeal to an audience.   Other features may be involved to help impart the message including appropriate selection of visual aids, specific and clear word choice, effective body language, and accurate punctuation and grammar. Successful communication occurs when the message is received and understood the way the person intended it to be. Overall, the key to effective communication is to engage the audience and successfully convey the message.

Communication Steps


Click the link here to see classroom activities centered on written communication, verbal communication, and nonverbal communication.

Classroom Activities

The Power of Powerless Communication

TEDx. (2013, March 31). The power of powerless communication: Adam Grant at TEDxEast [Video file]. Retrieved from

First Impressions

Trudeau, M. (2014, May 5). You had me at hello: The science behind first impressions [Audioblog post]. Retrieved from

Wearable Communication

TED. (2011, March). Kate Hartman: The art of wearable communication [Video file]. Retrieved from

10 Great Ted Talks on Communication

Click on the image above to view the webpage