Blackboard IM (formerly Wimba Pronto) is an instant messaging program that students, faculty, and students can download and use. Once Blackboard IM is installed and a user account is created, it will automatically populate with other users that are associated with enrolled courses and other college organizations.
Whenever a user has Blackboard IM open, they can contact other users currently online via text chat as well as video and audio chat. Interactions can be one-on-one or opened up to groups of online users. In addition, users can launch a Blackboard Web Conferencing environment where they can use an eBoard or share applications.