Initial evaluation of Stilwell: A multimedia virtual community

Walsh, Mike and Crumbie, Alison (2011) Initial evaluation of Stilwell: A multimedia virtual community. Nurse Education in Practice, 11 (2). pp. 136-140. Full text not available from this repository.

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Narrative pedagogy has emerged in the last decade as a new approach designed to complement the
conventional approaches to education. It is concerned with understanding the meaning of events to
people, appreciating multiple perspectives and the emotional content of health care. However there is
a paucity of evaluative research concerning its impact. We have used narrative pedagogy to create
Stilwell, a realistic narrative telling the stories of 60 characters living in a typical community. Stilwell is
a real place (fictional name) and our multimedia model brings the community to life as a virtual practicum
for a wide range of health professional students. This paper presents the results of our initial focus
group evaluation of student learning experiences with Stilwell. The data indicates students found it
a very different way of learning which allowed them to relate theory to practice in ways they had never
done before. The realism of Stilwell was a challenge and generated considerable student emotional
involvement with the characters, leading to significant novel learning activity.We reflect on how student
feedback has allowed us to shape and improve Stilwell as it develops.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Nurse Education in Practice
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: Print:1471-5953 Online: 1873-5223
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Departments: Academic Departments > Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
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Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 12:42
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