MODE - Multimodal Methodologies for Researching Digital Data and Environments
Principal Investigator: Professor Carey Jewitt
MODE developed multimodal methodologies for social scientists, providing systematic ways to investigate all modes of representation and communication in digital environments.
MODE activities were organized around five thematic strands:
- Collection and analysis. How to gather, produce, select and analyze digital data?
- Transcription. How to represent digital data in different modes and media?
- Mixed methods. How to combine multimodal methodologies with other concepts and frameworks?
- Time and space. How can multimodal methodologies help investigate time and space in digital environments?
- Body. How can multimodal methodologies help investigate the body in digital environments?
MODE had a programme of research that included projects such as ‘Digital technologies in the operating theatre’ exploring the potential and use of digital data for professional and educational purposes, and ‘Researching embodiment with digital technologies’ investigating the body in digital environments in secondary school.
MODE delivered a programme of training and capacity building activities for social science researchers. These activities included public lectures, seminars, data workshops, training courses and online activities.
Impacts (March 2013)
- The 6th International Conference on Multimodality (6ICOM). 200 international delegates were welcomed from a wide range of disciplines, with a mutual interest in looking beyond language and examining multiple modes of communication, such as images, writing, sound and gesture. The 125 paper presentations made at the conference represented the full range of ways that multimodality has been taken up and explored a variety of contexts: Health, education, art, business and media, with papers on topics such as multimodality, media and arts; multimodal texts and interaction in learning environments; multimodality and workplace learning; multimodal texts and interaction in second language acquisition and English as a foreign language; digital technologies, and gesture and talk. Through this rich mix of papers from around the world, the conference realised its aim - to contribute to moving forward the field of multimodal research and to help connect the diverse community of scholars working within it.
- 'How do surgeons learn to operate?’ Public Engagement Event at the London Science Museum’s DANA Centre, 20/2/13. The aim of the event was to facilitate dialogue between social scientists, surgeons and the public about surgical education. The event was fully booked, attracting more than 70 people. It was organised by the team members of MODE’s research project Digital Technologies in the Operating Theatre. Operations were re-enacted, and, drawing on the research project, the event explained exactly what surgical trainees and their supervisors say and do as the trainee applies the scalpel inside a patient to ensure that the trainee does no harm to the patient.
MODE was based at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London. For further information please see the MODE website.