Human Centered Ubiquitous Media




Proseminar: Accessibility


  • Dozent: Dr. Tonja Machulla, Dr. Lauren Thevin
  • Kontakt:
  • 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).




Meetings and Planning




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