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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.


  • 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


TO: Stefanie Henderson
Others: Lynn Zayac (WSU), Pat Schmohl (QCC)

User Community

We are currently reviewing technical requirements and pricing models for utilizing Blackboard Collaborate Enterprise Instant Messaging in the Blackboard Learn environment.

Interested Campus Participation

  • Westfield State University
  • QCC

Licensing and Contracting

UMassOnline does not currently have a license for Blackboard Collaborate Enterprise Instant Messaging. Since multiple campuses have expressed interest in this system, UMassOnline is working on pricing .

If you are interested in previewing Blackboard Collaborate Enterprise Instant Messaging, please contact Stefanie Henderson.

Vendor Management





Paul Pasko

Regional Sales Executive




03.30.14: Demo of Blackboard Instant Messaging at 2pm ET via Blackboard Collaborate. (A roadmap of Blackboard Collaborate will also be discussed.)


Associated Systems

Interested Campus Utilization


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