In this first week of the open course you will be familiarising yourself with the technology required over the next seven weeks. You may have already done this while you were waiting for the course to start; if not, there is time set aside in this week to do so. As the course is about openness in education, in this first week you will explore some of the different interpretations of openness and consider priorities for research in this area. The aim of this week is to familiarise you with some of the concepts and to get you thinking about some of the issues involved. We will then explore these in more detail in the coming weeks.