Meebo is a Web 2.0 application used for real-time chat. Like
many Web 2.0 tools, Meebo is completely free to use.
Alexandra Pickett, lead instructional designer for the SUNY Learning
Network, spoke at the Sloan-C west coast symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning
in San Francisco in 2009 - she demonstrated how Meebo could
be used in an online class: http://www.slideshare.net/alexandrapickett/twitterpated-handout
The first thing you need is the Meebo
widget [MeeboMe]. One can
embed the Meebo widget in any web page - there is no need for students
account - the widget is configured so that it only connects with a
single Meebo account - in my case, burkso2. http://www.meebo.com/meebome/
Here is the Meebo widget - configured to connect to Burks' Meebo
The Meebo widget was embedded in a page in Blackboard - during the
Spring 2010 semester, in Burks' CSC442B course. This
page is linked from the Chat with
Burks menu item on the Course Menu in Blackboard.