Challenges of Accessible Computing for People with Functional Diversity

Lecturer (Coordinator):
José Luis Fuertes
jfuertes@fi.upm.es
Lecturer:
Loïc Martínez
loic@fi.upm.es

Semester

First semester

Credits

4 ECTS

Outline

This module provides a specialization about the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT) for persons with functional diversity (disability). It is mainly focused on current research issues in the field.

The module will start with an introduction to basic ICT accessibility concepts: functional diversity, design for all, legislation, standards and the assessment of the accessibility degree of ICT products and services.

After that, the students will work on current challenges in the field.

Learning Goals

  • Be familiar with assistive technologies and their interaction with ICT
  • Be familiar with the principles of design for all with respect to ICT
  • Use and define methods and tools for assessing ICT product accessibility conformance
  • Use and define methods and tools for user-centred design of accessible ICT products
  • Use ICT accessibility technical standards and participate in their development

Syllabus

  1. Functional diversity, accessibility and design for all
    1. Introduction
    2. Functional diversity
    3. Assistive products for ICT
    4. Principles of accessible design
    5. Human-centred design
  2. ICT accessibility standards
    1. Introduction to standards
    2. Relevant ICT accessibility standards
    3. Deeper study of one accessibility standard
    4. Conformity assessment
  3. State of the art in ICT accessibility
    1. State of the art and future trends
  4. Cognitive Accessibility
    1. Introduction to the Easy-to-Read Methodology

Recommended reading

Assessment criteria

The assessment of this module is divided into two parts: theory and practice. The grades obtained in theory and practice are combined as described bellow.

Theory

The theoretical part of the module contains different assessments: there will be two test-based assessments; there is going to be assessment of the performance of the collaborative learning sessions that will be part of the study of accessibility standards; there will be short in-class evaluations during the semester and attendance will also be taken into account.

Practice

The practical work consists of 4 exercises:

  • Exercise 1: a document containing change proposals for an accessibility standard
  • Exercise 2: an accessibility assessment of an ICT product, using the standard studied during collaborative learning
  • Exercise 3: state of the art on one topic related to ICT accessibility. Students will have to develop a report and a short presentation.
  • Exercise 4: checking cognitive accessibility.

Assessment procedure

Continuous evaluation

The module will be assessed in a scale of 10 points, divided into 3 points for the theory and 7 points for the practical exercises. To pass the complete module it will be necessary to obtain a minimum of 1 point in theory, 3 points in the exercises and 5 points in the addition of theory and practice.

All the practical exercises are mandatory.

Non-continuous evaluation

In the case of non-continuous evaluation, there will be a theory exam and a classroom presentation of exercise 3. The exercises have to be delivered in the same time period as the one defined for continuous evaluation. The student will also have to attend the two collaborative sessions.

Extraordinary evaluation period (July)

In the extraordinary evaluation period the theory tests will be repeated and the pending exercises can be delivered again. The participation in collaborative learning will not be re-assessed, so the grades received previously will be reused. The grades obtained will apply the same weights used for continuous evaluation.

Lecture Theatre

A-6206

Tuition language

English

Subject-Specific Competences

Code, description and proficiency level for each subject-specific competence
Code Competence Proficiency Level
CEM1 Examination of the state of the art to identify research problems related to the design, construction, use and evaluation of complex software-intensive sociotechnical systems C
CEM9 Evaluation of the most innovative human-computer interaction technologies and critical appraisal of the contributions to related research problems S

Learning Outcomes

Code, description and proficiency level for each subject learning outcome
Code Learning Outcome Associated competences Proficiency level
RA-EVI-75 Be familiar with assistive technologies and their interaction with ICT CEM1, CEM9 C
RA-EVI-76 Be familiar with the principles of design for all with respect to ICT CEM1, CEM9 C
RA-EVI-77 Use and define methods and tools for evaluating ICT product accessibility CEM1, CEM9 S
RA-EVI-78 Use and define methods and tools for user-centred design of accessible ICT products CEM1, CEM9 S
RA-EVI-79 Use ICT accessibilty technical standards and participate in their development CEM1, CEM9 S

Learning Guide

Learning Guide: Challenges of Accessible Computing for People with Functional Diversity