Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data and Environments

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MODE and NCRM logosMODE is a node of the National Centre for Research Methods and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Based at the Institute of Education, University of London, we deliver an innovative programme of research and training on digital data and environments. We are developing multimodal methodologies for social scientists, providing systematic ways to investigate all modes of communication used in digital environments, whether they are sites of learning, work, or ‘social’ sites (e.g. Facebook).

The objectives of MODE are to:

  1. Establish a strategic focal point for the development, delivery and dissemination of multimodal methodologies, training and capacity building;
  2. Set up and carry out research in digital environments to try out and develop new multimodal methodologies;
  3. Provide a coherent program of training and capacity building activities in multimodal methodologies for social science researchers;
  4. Build a social science research community that enhances the UK’s profile and leading position in multimodal methodologies and digital technologies.

Upcoming events/courses


To register for an event, please visit our online registration pages.

More details

For further information about the MODE project and all our events please visit or contact Anna Waring:


  • 17th Jan 2012: Research ethics and informed consent in video research, London Knowledge Lab
  • 23rd Feb 2012: Researching online and mobile interaction and environments: Understanding space, place and time, University of Bristol
  • 14th March 2012: An introduction to researching embodiment in digital learning environments, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • 14th May 2012: Working across disciplinary boundaries, mixing multimodal research methods, and integrating digital resources, Newcastle University
  • 13th June 2012: Multimodal Transcription, University of Sheffield

Training Days

  • 16th Feb 2012: An introduction to multimodal methods for researching digital data, London Knowledge Lab

Data Workshop

  • 10th Feb 2012: Using video to investigate workplace learning, London Knowledge Lab


  • 22nd-24th August 2012: 6th International Conference on Multimodality (6-ICOM), Institute of Education, London

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