Human Centered Ubiquitous Media




Proseminar: Accessibility


Dozent: Dr. Tonja Machulla, Dr. Lauren Thevin
Semesterwochenstunden: 2
ECTS-Credits: 3
Modul: 14.4: Seminar zur ausgewählten Themen der Informatik (für Bachelor Medieninformatik). 12.1: Seminar zur ausgewählten Themen der Informatik (für Bachelor Informatik)
Sprache: English

The term “accessibility” refers to the property of digital systems, applications and environments of being usable by people with disabilities. More than 10 million people with a physical, mental or psychological disability live in Germany; about 10% of the population officially has a severe disability status. Frequent causes are limitations in motor skills, vision and hearing, cerebral disorders or learning difficulties. A disability only arises from the interaction between an acquired or congenital limitation and barriers in the environment. The seminar deals with how digital assistive technologies can be used to remove barriers for people with disabilities in everyday life (e.g., alternative navigation systems for people with impaired vision) as well as how digital systems and applications must be designed to be accessible themselves (e.g., barrier-free Internet). Research in the field of such assistive technologies often leads to developments that are widely used outside the original target group (e.g., the electric toothbrush and subtitles in videos).


Wednesday 22th of April: Follow up of the first meeting:

  • Material: The slides of the first meeting are on Uni2work. The time plan is added to this page
  • Next meeting: Tuesday 28th of April 2020 on zoom 16:00 c.p.
  • To do: answer the doodle for PAE (deadline: 23rd of April 23:59) and for the Seminar Paper topics (deadline: 28th of April 16:00). Doodle linked sent by e-mail.

Monday 20th of April: The first meeting is likely to be Tuesday 21st of April 2020 on zoom. Invitation will be sent by e-mail today.

Meetings and Planning

Attending the classes:


The first meeting is likely to be Tuesday 21st of April 2020 on zoom. Invitations will be sent by e-mail.

Date DD/MM

Zoom meeting? Description Submission due:
21/04 yes 16:00-18:00 Kick off meeting:
* Organization of the class
28/04 yes 16:00-18:00

* Model of handicap and disabilities

* Seminar paper topics
+ individual feedback on "Practices for accessible events" (PAE) report

05/05 on demand individual feedback on PAE report 16:00 : structure OR draft OR first version of the PAE report
12/05 yes 16:00-18:00 * how to do a literature search
* Structure of a scientific publication
* Structure of a seminar paper
* Introduction to latex
16:00 : final PAE report
19/05 on demand Individual support on literature research (references) 16:00 : references and presentation of the references
26/05 on demand Individual support on latex no
02/06 yes 16:00-18:00 •  how to write a peer review
•  how to present a scientific publication
•  presentation of the PAE report
16:00 draft (structure and content) of the seminar paper
09/06 on demand Meta-Review seminar paper individual support 16:00: peer review
16/06 Working groups 3 by 3 presentation rehearsal 16:00 : presentation draft+ interactive activity proposal
23/06 yes 16:00-19:00 • presentation 1 first round (3 hours)
• individual support for seminar paper
16:00 : presentation final version
30/06 yes 16:00-19:00 • presentation 1 second round (3 hours)
• individual support for seminar paper
07/07 yes 16:00-18:00 (to be confirmed) Round table around accessibility no
14/07 on demand no
21/07 no no
28/07 no no
04/08 no 16:00: seminar paper final version




Central registration via Uni2Work.

Please justify your suitability for this course in the text field of the UniWorX registration. We will consider previous knowledge (e.g. successful participation in the lecture Human-Machine-Interaction I) when allocating places. Please also note that there is a succession and malus regulation for the central registration.

Warning: This seminar is read-intensive! Some materials are only available in English.

Required previous knowledge

  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge in the field of human-computer interaction (e.g. lecture and exercise on human-computer interaction)
  • Bachelor's degree course: Media informatics, computer science

Criteria for obtaining the proseminar certificate

Changes still possible!

  • Participation in all attendance dates
  • 60-second lecture incl. discussion of the lecture style
  • Elaboration in German or English (approx. 8 pages)
  • Discussion of all intermediate stages (draft, review version) of the draft
  • Review of at least two papers written by fellow students
  • Rehearsal talk with supervisor
  • Lecture (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Fulfilment of the seminar team tasks


Bouck, Emily C. (2017). Assistive Technology. Sage PublicationsCowan, Donna & Najafi, Ladan (2019). Handbook of electronic assistive technology. Academic Press


Teaching online during the summer semester 2020

Dear students,

while LMU buildings are closed, the summer semester 2020 will happen completely online. Nevertheless, the Institute for Informatics is trying to provide as much as possible of the regular teaching program by other means.

Many groups have chosen technical solutions for this and will prerecord or stream classes. We are using different platforms on purpose in order to gain experience with different solutions and avoid a total loss, should one of them fail. Please look up the respective approach on each class home page.

Courses which, for example, need access to special Hardware or other facilities will be shifted to a later point in time. We will communicate more exact dates, as soon as planning becomes more reliable.

We ask you to be forgiving if things should not work perfectly right away. During the last two weeks we have learned more about online teaching than during the last few years combined, and we hope for your constructive collaboration in this shared experiment of an "online semester".

Stay healthy,

Andreas Butz (dean of studies, speaking for the institute)


Code of conduct

While LMU is closed, most teaching happens currently online. As teachers, we ask you to be forgiving if things should not work perfectly right away, and we hope for your constructive participation. In this situation, we would also like to explicitly point out some rules, which would be self-evident in real life:

  • In live meetings, we ask you to responsibly deal with audio (off by default) and bandwidth (video as needed).
  • Recording or redirecting streams by participants is not allowed.
  • Distributing content (video, audio, images, PDFs, messages, harassments etc.) in any channels, including other channels than those foreseen by the author is not allowed.
  • You are following a class. As in real classroom, take notes; participate by asking and answering questions; wear adapted clothing.
  • Any unappropriate behavior in physical classroom is unappropriate in virtual classroom.

If you violate one of these rules, you can expect to be expelled from the respective course, and we reserve the right for further action. With all others, we are looking forward to the joint experiment of an "online semester".