Ms Laetitia Cassells presents The Ally Pilot at the Digital Accessibility session

Posted on November 12, 2021

Ms Laetitia Cassells, Publishing lecturer at the Department Informaton Science at the University of Pretoria, presented at the third online Digital Accessibility lunch and learn session, together with a student representative, Ms Ashleigh Pascoe. After ms Cassels enrolled her Publishing courses in the Blackboard Ally pilot program for accessibility, she was invited to share her experience at the session for the rollout next year.

In collaboration with the Disability Unit, the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the Department for Education Innovation presented a third online Digital Accessibility lunch and learn session on Tuesday, 9th November 2021.

The session informed lecturers why Ally will be available in their clickUP courses in 2022 and how they can use it to the benefit of all students.  

The following topics were discussed: The Blackboard Ally pilot, the value of Ally for students with disabilities and the implementation of Ally in clickUP in 2022. 

Session agenda


1. Welcome : Dolf Jordaan


2. Digital Accessibility course introduction: Dr Alecia Samuels
3. The importance of Ally for students - Disability Unit: Dr Maria Ramaahlo and Mr Juan Erwee
4. The Ally pilot: Ms Laetitia Cassells - Lecturer/ BIS Publishing and student Ms Ashleigh Pascoe
5. A short overview of Blackboard Ally and implementation in 2022: Dolf Jordaan
6. Questions and answers 
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