Multimodal Interaction in Professional Contexts 3 ECTS

The aim of the course is to develop interaction skills with a special focus on linguistic accessibility. The aim is to give an introduction on how to facilitate communication and promote linguistic accessibility when working with people whose access to interaction is challenged due to, for example, problems in hearing or whose linguistic resources are marginalised in the society (e.g. sign language users). The course is directed towards people whose profession entails encountering people from varied backgrounds, and who, therefore, need wide-ranging interaction skills.

During the course, the student becomes acquainted with a multimodal view of interaction and examines the utilization of the concept in different working environments. Multimodal interaction competence is based on an understanding of the multichannel and multimodal nature of interaction: meanings are conveyed by both verbal and non-verbal means (e.g. gestures, eye contact and images).

The student practices observing interaction situations and harness a range of interaction methods people use in order to understand and be understood.

This course is suitable foe everyone who is interested in interaction from a point of linguistic accessibility. Multimodal interaction in Professional contexts offers a wide view towards the concept of interaction. This course offers new kind of tools to improve interaction skills.

Student can work independetly. Course offers wide range of different kind of assigments for example discussions with other students, lessons, quizes and written assigmens. The course is divided into sections which each take on a different focus on the topic. We recommend that you go through the topics in numerical order. However, it is possible for you to build your own path through the course topics.

Why Study at Humak Open University of Applied Sciences?

Humak University of Applied Sciences operates in the whole of Finland and is the country’s biggest educator in the following fields: youth work, organizational work, work community development, adventure and outdoor education, cultural management, and interpreting and linguistic accessibility.

Humak has about 2000 degree students and about 160 experts in various positions. Finland’s unique open university of applied sciences system and Humak’s extensive online training make high-quality academic studies available to everyone with affordable costs regardless of students’ background. Thousands of students take advantage of our wide selection of online courses every year.

Studies Open University of Applied Sciences
Method of instruction Online course
Study period 12.09.2022 – 19.08.2023
Schedule and teaching methods Self-paced online course. Assignments should be completed by 19th of August. The course can be completed for example in 10 weeks with 8-10 hours of work weekly.
Registration period 1.8.2022-22.05.2023 at 23:59:00 (EET)
Contact person Lena Segler-Heikkilä (
General information Contact Open UAS student administration for matters regarding registration, payment, certificates:
tel. +358 29 451 9230


Intended learning outcomes

Student will be able to

  • explain the concept of multimodality,
  • identify different modes and channels of communication,
  • demonstrate understanding of how the multimodal view on interaction can be used to influence the interaction in the workplace,
  • identify how to develop one’s own skills in terms of multimodal interaction skills.

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