Center for eLearning

Blackboard Collaborate IM

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Blackboard IM is an instant messaging synchronous tool created specifically for use in academia. Instructors can use it to hold interactive office hours, support staff can use it to provide administrative help and students can use it to facilitate group work. Blackboard IM is automatically populated by CSU's student administrative system, so the students in your classes will be loaded as contacts into your IM interface. IM users can utilize text chat, audio and video calls, group chat, application sharing and whiteboard features to facilitate their online sessions.


  • Access via Blackboard
    • Note: If you have previously logged into another CSU resources (such as email), you will be automatically logged into Blackboard.
    • To make Blackboard IM available at the course level, the link can be added to any content area or found on the Tools page.