Blackboard instant messaging, also known as BBIM, is an instant messaging program linked with your classes. This resource can be helpful to talk with your classmates either individually or within chat rooms.
With this tool, users can upload profile pictures, instant chat and call, share screens, update status messages as well as break their class into groups as they see fit. You can download this feature and create a username and password in order to use it.
You can download the software here:
NOTE: The user must be online to receive a message. Your classmates in your courses will appear in the 'classmates' tab