Evolvability of personal learning environments

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We review the concepts of Darwinian evolution and evolvability, and discuss the extent to which these can be brought to bear on the problems of personal learning environments (PLEs). While it is problematic to identify an evolving population of individuals (a definitional requisite of Darwinian evolution) in artifacts, we suggest an instance of a PLE system as fielded can play the role of individual in this seting, while configuration, code and component organization can play the role of inheritable genetic information. Also discussed are adaptivitiy, plasticity, robustness, and evolvability in this setting, as well as the role of sex (transfer of inheritable information from one individual to another) in providing plasticity in a community of use in the context of changing requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Event1st Workshop on Exploring Fitness and Evolvability of Personal Learning Environments, EFEPLE 2011 - La Clusaz, France
Duration: 30 Mar 201131 Mar 2011


  • Darwinian evolution
  • Evolvability
  • Personal learning environment
  • Plasticity
  • Sex


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