The concepts of adaptability and portability of educational software and courseware seem to be interwoven in several respects. This article explores these interrelationships in some detail, based upon the presumption that adaptable educational products are also more portable. A conceptual framework is offered for discussing adaptability of tutorial software products. Relationships between this framework and several portability-limiting factors are discussed and aspects of a methodology for the development and use of adaptable (tutorial) products are formulated. As an illustration, the research approach of the USE project is described.
- Software portability
- Software design