Innovation Overview



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Touchstone Institute is committed to advancing the field by pushing the boundaries of assessment practice and program development.

This is reflected in our innovative approach to simulating clinical environments, learner-centred design, and the establishment of a recognized communicative competence centre.

Touchstone Institute is committed to exchanging knowledge with international experts on the issues central to promoting professional competence. We do this through our Touchstone Institute Perspectives Series and our annual Perspectives Symposium.


Simulation Program

Simulation can be useful to a wide range of professional organizations, including health care, business and education. 

Touchstone Institute recruits highly trained, experienced individuals to provide simulation services for both high stakes assessments and formative evaluations in learning programs. 


Communicative Competence Centre

Touchstone Institute facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue with experts in linguistics, healthcare, education, immigration and employment to increase general awareness and understanding of what it means to have the language skills necessary to communicate professionally. We seek to address the needs of both regulators and newcomer professionals as they relate to the infrastructure and development of professional language and communication programming, frameworks, and curricula.


Assessment Design and Administration

Touchstone Institute specializes in creating large-scale written and clinical exams that reliably assess the competencies of internationally and Canadian educated health professionals, and their readiness for practice in Canadian jurisdictions. These exams help regulatory colleges understand and evaluate the knowledge, skill and experience of examinees.

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Curriculum Development and Delivery

Our programs are designed, reviewed, and led by health professionals, with input and guidance from academic professionals.

We continuously monitor and improve our program offerings, leveraging evaluation data that provides important insight on learners’ progress and needs. We are committed to revising and expanding courses to ensure that they continue to convey relevant, highly contextualized content that supports a diverse learner base.

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Touchstone Institute Perspective Series

In this series, we strive to develop answers to the common yet important questions that health professionals, regulators, and examinees may ask about the methodologies used for Touchstone Institute’s competency-based assessments.

We will add more TIPS over time to create a rich resource hub for important assessment topics.

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Perspectives Symposium

Perspectives is an annual one-day symposium hosted by Touchstone Institute in Toronto, Canada. The aim is to facilitate connections among disciplines to encourage communication and knowledge-sharing around topics in assessment and education.

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