District-based Blackboard, the maker of learning management software for the classroom, has scooped up a small British firm whose technology allows students to communicate in real time via video conferencing and instant messaging.

UK-based Requestec counts fewer than a dozen employees and a Blackboard spokesman characterized the acquisition as strategic. Requestec’s technology is already integrated in Blackboard’s latest offerings, which were demo-ed at its annual conference earlier this year.

The acquisition means students will be able to communicate via video and text within the browser of their desktop computer or mobile device without needing to download and regularly update a plug-in, Blackboard spokesman Peter Milligan said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.