Students enrolled in EDP 132: Human Development with Sharon Shafran are presently working on their Virtual Child assignments. My Virtual Child is an interactive simulation that offers students the opportunity to act as a parent and raise their own virtual child. By making decisions about specific scenarios, students raise their child from birth to age 18 and see how their own decisions and parenting actions affect their child over time. At each age, students are given feedback about the various milestones their child has attained. As in real life, certain “unplanned” events may randomly be presented for students. Key stages of the child’s development include personalized feedback and align with their textbook assignments.
In one class, students brought in baby shower gifts and shared research findings on infant development. The shower gifts were donated to the Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT.