Thank you for your interest in the VTBE Early Release Program (ERP). 

The purpose of this program is to expand the availability of the new Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE) to additional clients before it is made generally available, giving you an opportunity to go live on SP8/SP9 with this new feature in the Fall semester.  Blackboard will provide focused support for you during the program while we gather general user feedback about the VTBE. 

This program will begin in mid-May 2012.

Requirements for the Program:
  • Clients must have SP8 on a test server.  Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP8 is a minimum requirement for the new VTBE.
  • Clients must be upgrading to SP8 or SP9 by Fall 2012.
  • Clients must be members of the BIE.  If you are not yet a member, please go to to register.  You will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

Registration for the VTBE ERP is now closed.  If you're still interested in joining, please e-mail Chris Thompson at  Space is limited.