Take Online Engagement and Interaction to a New Level

Blackboard Collaborate™ enterprise instant messaging capabilities (formerly Wimba Pronto) allow your academic institution to create a learning network to support office hours, school services, meetings and desktop video conferencing—all initiated through presence and instant messaging. With Blackboard IM, students and instructors can easily see who’s online and available so they can instantly communicate with peers, colleagues, and experts. You even launch a Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing session with a single click.

Features built for education

Elevate simple text conversations to rich interactive experiences—instantly and conveniently—for informal learning, help, and collaboration outside the formal classroom. Enable instant communication, collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning with:

Presence and instant messaging to find others and interact on demand

Desktop video conferencing and VoIP audio for cost-effective meetings

LMS and flat-file integration for complete directory of teachers, students, and classes

Convenient, ad hoc network invitations and broadcast notifications

Whiteboard with built-in learning objects and templates

Application sharing and queued chat for tutoring and online office hours

Instant access to campus services and instant school-wide notifications

Universal accessibility and advanced privacy features


  • Facilitate campus-wide communication by easily finding instructors and peers, seeing their availability, and connecting with them online for ad-hoc learning.
  • Meet student needs with efficient services, connecting onsite and remote students to help, IT, tutoring, orientation, library services, and more, without physical infrastructure.
  • Enable low-cost, convenient, and personalized professional development for faculty and administrative staff while saving time and reducing travel costs and scheduling hassles.
  • Harness the power of visual instruction for multimodal learning with state-of-the-art whiteboard technology.
  • Accommodate different learning styles or instructional needs with a single-click launch of web conferencing from instant messaging.

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Client Testimonial

“Blackboard Collaborate is ideal for allowing us to bridge the gaps between online students and their instructions, while furthering an overall sense of community and connectedness.””

Jeremy Bond, Administrator, CMS Off Campus Programs, Central Michigan University