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Råman, J. (2022). Multimodal Negotiation for the Right to Access Digital Devices Among Elderly Users and Teachers. In: Alarauhio, JP., Räisänen, T., Toikkanen, J., Tumelius, R. (eds) Shaping the North Through Multimodal and Intermedial Interaction. Arctic Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Multimodal negotiation for the right to access digital devices among elderly users and teachers

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Author: Råman, Joonas1
Organizations: 1Research Unit for Languages and Literature, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-05-31


This chapter examines the multimodal ways in which teachers gain visual and haptic access to the students’ digital devices to solve problems encountered by them. The setting is a digital skills course aimed at the elderly. Depending on the nature of the problem, and the teacher’s epistemic status, the problems were resolved in two possible ways: (1) through instructional demonstrations (2) through problem-solving. Demonstrations were utilized when the encountered problem was treated as a learnable, while problem-solving was engaged when the problem was treated as a solvable. In cases of learnables, the teachers first sought to resolve the issue via multiple modalities which would allow the student to remain in control of the device. If these modalities proved unsuccessful, the teachers would resolve the issue through an instructional demonstration and accompanied rapport-building turns at talk. Solvables were resolved in a more direct way by the teacher taking immediate control of the device.

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Series: Arctic encounters
ISSN: 2730-6488
ISSN-E: 2730-6496
ISSN-L: 2730-6488
ISBN: 978-3-030-99104-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-99103-6
Pages: 67 - 93
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99104-3_4
Host publication: Shaping the north through multimodal and intermedial interaction
Host publication editor: Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka
Räisänen, Tiina
Toikkanen, Jarkko
Tumelius, Riikka
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
6121 Languages
6122 Literature studies
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: Use of this Accepted Version is subject to the publisher’s Accepted Manuscript terms of use