Course title
Accessibility of Information and Communication

NAKAMURA Hiroyuki Click to show questionnaire result at 2019
Course description
* The course schedule may change due to the spread of Covid-19. Details will be announced in the first class.

Disparities in information access between persons who can access information easily and persons who can not cause not only whether you have it but also economic disadvantage and social limitations.
All people have equal rights to communicate with each other, and "communication" has a significant meaning in the information society.
However, in reality, a technical and/or a social problem block it.
In late years, many efforts for this problem have advanced in global communities - European, North American, and Asian countries.
This issue attracts attention rapidly in many fields, including industry and construction. Therefore, this issue becomes an essential topic for students who are looking for jobs in the industrial field.
This class argues these social issues through simulated experiences as persons with disabilities, field works, and case studies.
Purpose of class
Students will understand why "Accessibility of Information and Communication" is becoming more critical 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" and also the so-called "digital divide."
  2. Students will understand the concepts of accessibility of information and communication technology.
  3. Students will understand "accessibility" in terms of not only the technical model/goodwill 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 is accessibility important today?
Understand syllabus 30minutes
Review of the class 90minutes
2. Concept of accessibility in comparison to universal design, inclusive design, and design for all. Preparation of the class 60minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
3. What makes information and other technology accessible? Assignment 180minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
4. What prevents persons with disabilities and/or older people from information and communication? Find examples in everyday life 90minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
5. Information behavior model- Discussion. Assignment 180minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
6. Discussion of problems regarding the accessibility of information and communication in daily life. Preparing the field work 60minutes
Assignment 90minutes
7. Fieldwork 1 for finding and confirming the above problems and issues. Assignment 180minutes
Review of the class 30minutes
8. Group discussion. Review the field work 30minutes
Find examples of information barrier in everyday life 120minutes
9. Fieldwork 2 for finding and confirming problems and issues, especially with blind and low vision. Preparing the field work 60minutes
Assignment 180minutes
10. Group discussion. Review of the field work 180minutes
Review of the field work 120minutes
11. Summarizing issues of accessibility of information and communication. Review of the class 120minutes
Find examples of barriers for the color blind 60minutes
12. Global movements for realizing accessibility.
Digital Divide and Information Society.
Review of the class 120minutes
Assignment 120minutes
13. Technical and/or "goodwill model" to "human rights model." Review of the class 60minutes
Preparing for the final exam 180minutes
14. Final Exam and Discussion. Preparing for the final exam 430minutes
Total. - - 2890minutes
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
As all students are expected to contribute to this seminar, they should attend all classes.
Interim reports and final reports are evaluated.
Evaluation: understanding -- 80%, comprehensive --100%
To pass the course, students must earn at least 60 points out of 100.
Students can score 60 points or more when they can state their opinions about topics discussed in class in assignments, discussions, and reports.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in the class
Textbooks and reference materials
<Text books>
 in Japanese
in English
To be mentioned in classes
As this course includes fieldwork, the number of students is limited.
Students 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 to the condition of the fieldwork.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Toyosu: Fridays
    Omiya: Wednesdays
    For making an appointment, email to the address in Kyoin Profile
Non-regionally-oriented course
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 the Standardization of "Information Accessibility" such as JIS and/or ISO. He also has business experience developing Assistive Technology for people with disabilities and the elderly.
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
Last modified : Sat Sep 09 07:50:31 JST 2023