Welcome to Stilwell, a multi-media Virtual Community, which will tells the story of the Stilwell community, in the fictional city of Brigstow, and brings to life the people who live there, their experiences and interactions.
Stilwell was developed by Dr Mike Walsh, at the University of Cumbria, drawing on his experience a nurse manager in an inner city Accident and Emergency department and his scholarship using narrative pedagogy to embed and improve learning.
Stilwell has been extensively used within the University of Cumbria, with partner and client organisations, to provide a unique educational experience, both in taught classes and to support distance learning. Student feedback has been very positive and is used for continuous improvement of the content, characters and topics.
Using a range of professionally produced media (including video, audio, etc) the stories of the people who live in Stilwell are portrayed in a dynamic environment which allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life problems and issues. The characters and story-lines aim to bring health and social care practice to life. With a strong community theme, they have been carefully crafted to challenge assumptions and stereotypes, promote inter-professional learning and actively engage learners in understanding and applying their learning to topical and challenging issues.
Stilwell is firmly based in the real world, all the locations are real, only the names are fictional.
Stilwell development has received financial support from the Energy Coast Campus Programme, North West Strategic Health Authority, Alcohol Research UK, whose help is gratefully acknowledged.