In its revolutionary piece, On The Origin of Species, Darwin (1859) provided compelling evidence for the existence of the natural selection process. He described how species interact with their environments to cause variations in traits. Just like the species that Darwin explored in his research, the methodologies used in investigations related to the instructional design and technology (IDT) field have (re)adapted. This (re)adaptability serves to help us better inquire and explore the landscape of formal and informal educational learning environments available today.
Romero-Hall, Enilda; Hsiao, E-Ling; and Gao, Fei, "The (Re) adaptability of Research Methodologies in the Instructional Design & Technology Field" (2018). Visual Communication and Technology Education Faculty Publications. 46.