One learning objective for Com 100 is to have students explain the essential elements of communication using representative communication models. In a F2F setting this can be demonstrated easily by putting the essential elements of a model on the whiteboard and having students stand by the elements such as the “sender” and “receiver” element. They next model the elements in an interactive process. This semester, I assigned students the same assignment, to diagram a recent conversation they had using a model of communication. Their model had to include the 7 elements representing a real life interaction. However, in the online environment students found this assignment difficult and confusing. The average score for a class of 25 was 72%. Students did not understand the concept and I received scripted monologues of the elements instead of models. This semeseter I added a visual example including an interaction as applied to a model. The visual example increased their understanding, creativity and critical thinking skills. The average score of the assignment this time was 93% for 25 students.