Course title
Accessibility of Information and Communication

Course description
* The course schedule may change due to the spread of Covid-19. Details will be announced in the first class.
**This course may be cancelled according to COVID-19 situation, as field works, case studies, and simulated experiences will be undertaken in this course.

Disparities in information access between persons who can access information easily and persons who can not causes not only whether you have it but also economical disadvantage and social limitation.
All people have equal rights to communicate with each other where "communication" has a big meaning toward in information society.
However, as for the reality, a technical and/or a social problem block it.
In late years, many efforts for this problem advance in global communities - European, North American, and Asian countries.
In many fields including an industry or the construction business, this issue attracts attention rapidly. Therefore, this issue becomes an important topic for students who are looking for jobs in industrial field.
In this class, we argue this social issues through simulated experience as persons with disabilities, field works, and case studies.
Purpose of class
Students will understand why "Accessibility of Information and Communication" is becoming more important in modern society through discussion, field works, case studies, and simulated experience.
Goals and objectives
  1. Students will understand disparities between "information haves" and "information have-nots"
  2. Students will understand concepts of universal design, barrier-free, and accessibility in information
  3. Students will understand "accessibility" in terms of not only technical model but social and human rights model
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction
Why "Accessibility" is important ?
Concept of Barrier-free
Understand syllabus 30minutes
Review of the class 90minutes
2. Concept of Universal Design
Comparison between UD and Barrier-free
Other terms such as Design for All,
Preparation of the class 60minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
3. Human behavior and Affordance Assignment 180minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
4. Barrier in Information Field (1) Find examples in everyday life 90minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
5. Barrier in Information Field (2) - Discussion Assignment 180minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
6. Field work on Barriers in Toyosu Preparing the field work 60minutes
Assignment 90minutes
7. Discussion on Field work Assignment 180minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
8. Removing Barriers in Information Field Review the field work 30minutes
Find examples of information barrier in everyday life 120minutes
9. Eyesight and Low Vision Review of the class 60minutes
Assignment 180minutes
10. Field work on Low Vision Review of the class 60minutes
Review of the field work 120minutes
11. Color blindness Review of the class 120minutes
Find examples of barriers for the color blind 60minutes
12. Digital Divide and Information Society Review of the class 120minutes
13. Essence of Accessibility Review of the class 60minutes
Preparing for the final exam 180minutes
14. Final Exam and Discussion Preparing for the final exam 430minutes
Total. - - 2650minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Final Exam Assignment Contribution to the class Total.
1. 10% 10% 20% 40%
2. 10% 10% 10% 30%
3. 10% 10% 10% 30%
Total. 30% 30% 40% -
Evaluation method and criteria
In this course some assignments and short questions are required. Short questions are given without advance notice.
As all students are expected to contribute to this class, they should attend all classes.
Interim reports and discussion in this class are evaluated. Evaluation: understanding -- 80%, comprehensive --100%
A student who is absent from classes five times or more is not able to take the final exam.
To pass the course, students must earn at least 60 points of 100.
Students can score 60 points or more when they can state in a clear manner their opinions, in assignments, discussion and reports, about topics discussed in class.
Textbooks and reference materials
<Text books>
 in Japanese
in English
To be mentioned in classes
As this course includes field work, the number of students is limited.
Students who are willing to take this course must attend the first day of the classes.
This course can be registered by "third or higher grade students" or "students visiting Japan".
The order of the classes can be switched according the condition of field work.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Toyosu: Fridays
    Omiya: Wednesdays
    For making an appointment, email to the address in Kyoin Profile
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Applicable The lecturer of this class has been involved in Standardization of "Information Accessibility" such as JIS and/or ISO. He also has business experience in developping Assistive Technology for the people with disabilities and the elderly.
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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