Digital technologies are profoundly changing society in ways that create significant challenges and opportunities for social scientists. MODE aims to develop methodologies that look beyond language to allow social scientists to study how people behave and interact in contemporary digital environments. It will provide systematic ways to investigate different forms of communication used in digital environments:

  • what people say, write, draw
  • how they use lay out and navigate through rooms, websites and other spaces,
  • how they use their hands and other parts of their bodies to interact with computers, devices and other people in face-to-face encounters.

It will conduct two research projects on how people use new technologies in different digital environments. One research project is located in an operating theatre, where screen technologies are used to look inside people's body cavities, and another one in learning environments where mobile technologies, Geographic Information System technologies and touch screen interactive tables are used to facilitate learning.

Mode will offer a program of innovative research and Training and Capacity Building activities including seminars, lectures, introductory courses and summer schools, and online discussion and support for social scientists from a range of academic disciplines, government, private sector organisations and the public sector.



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The Sage Handbook of Digital Technology Research

Editor: Sara Price Date: 20 August 2013 Book

The Handbook of Multimodality (2nd Edition)

Editor: Carey Jewitt Date: 01 October 2013 Book

Mobile learning in the majority world: A critique of the GSMA position

Author: Niall Winters Date: 01 August 2012 Book chapter

Multimodal social semiotics: Writing in online contexts

Author: Myrrh Domingo Date: 08 February 2014 Book chapter

Tangibles: Technologies and interaction for learning

Author: S Price Date: 01 August 2012 Book chapter

Multimodal methods for researching digital technologies

Author: C Jewitt Date: 01 August 2012 Book chapter

Gesture beyond conversation

Author: J. Bezemer Date: 01 August 2012 Book chapter

Communication in the operating theatre: A multimodal perspective

Co-author: Terhi Korkiakangas Date: 23 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Doing video research on online/social media : methodological issues and a case study on YouTube

Author: Elisabetta Adami Date: 21 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Doing video research in school classrooms

Author: Andrew Burn Date: 21 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Multimodal transcription

Author: Diane Mavers Date: 21 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Analysing video data : theoretical and methodological approaches

Author: Jeff Bezemer Date: 21 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

analyzing texts in the context of their use

Author: gemma moss Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Introduction, origins, scope and key concepts

Author: Carey Jewitt Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

what is multimodality?

Author: Carey Jewitt Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

A multimodal approach to examining ‘embodiment’ in tangible learning environments

Co-author: Sara Price Date: 12 February 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Analysing gesture, body posture and action in digital learning environments

Author: S Price Date: 28 September 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Interacting bodies : multimodal resources for the organisation of social interaction

Author: Lorenza Mondada Date: 22 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

‘Errors’ in children’s drawing and writing

Author: Diane Mavers Date: 22 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

“How many lap choles have you done?” A linguistic-ethnographic take on counting surgical experience.

Co-author: Jeff Bezemer Date: 01 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Using Multimodal Analysis in Investigating Digital Texts: The Case of Food Blogs,

Co-author: Elisabetta Adami Date: 19 June 2013 Conference paper/presentation

A multimodal approach to examining 'embodiment' in tangible learning environments

Co-author: Sara Price Date: 07 February 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Interview Approaches to Researching Embodiment

Co-author: Sara Price Date: 27 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Meaning and meaning-making: a social semiotic multimodal approach to contemporary issues in research

Author: Gunther Kress Date: 23 May 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Interview Approaches to Researching Embodiment

Co-author: Sara Price Date: 29 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
30 September 2011
End date
24 April 2015
Grant holder
Professor Carey Jewitt
Co-applicants
Dr Rosie Flewitt
Professor Roger Kneebone
Dr Diane Mavers
Dr Sara Price
Dr Neil Selwyn
Professor Gunther Kress
Dr Jeff Bezemer
Dr Myrrh Domingo
Professor Andrew Burn
Grant amount
£911,654.15
Grant reference
RES-576-25-0027
Discipline
Education
Grant type