Blackboard Instant Messenger Returns For Fall 2013
Blackboard Instant Messenger (formerly Wimba Pronto) services will return to GPC in time for the Fall 2013 semester. Blackboard Instant Messenger (BbIM) allows instructors and students to communicate with audio, video, and text chat and to use application sharing outside of the college’s learning management system, iCollege. Chats can be 1-1 or group chats. They can be initiated by students or instructors. They can be between students or between a student and an instructor.
BbIM can be used for spontaneous communication or scheduled communication such as office hours.
This is not GPC’s first time using BbIM. We have used it for over 3 years in an environment that was integrated with iCollege- Vista. However, the switch to iCollege- D2L has changed the way GPC will use BbIM.
- BbIM is NOT integrated to iCollege- D2L. It is integrated with the SIS/Banner.
- Instructors and students enrolled in “academic” courses that exist in both the SIS/Banner and iCollege- D2L such as ECON 2105 001 can use BbIM to communicate as a class.
- Instructors and “students” enrolled in courses that ONLY exist in iCollege- D2L such as TOwi, Green Zone, Ethics, etc cannot use BbIM to communicate as a class.
- All employees and students at GPC can create a BbIM account and create custom “contacts” groups that could simulate class communications for the courses that only exist in iCollege- D2L. Instructors and students can create “groups” and then add the contacts to the group so long as they know their BbIM username.
Stay tuned for more information on BbIM’s return to GPC!