Perspectives 2022

Perspectives on Virtualization

Thursday, February 17, 2022


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.

Interdisciplinary and interactive, the Perspectives Symposium has been engaging industry stakeholders since 2015. The following topics have been explored through a day of professional speakers, bringing their perspectives and expertise together to discuss current and future trends.

  • 2015 Perspectives in Competency Assessment
  • 2016 Perspectives on Communication Competency
  • 2017 Perspectives on Successful Transitions for Internationally Educated Health Professionals
  • 2018 Perspectives on Assessment Validity
  • 2019 Perspectives on Professionalism
  • 2020 Perspectives on Standard Settings
  • 2021 Perspectives on Virtual Assessment - Cancelled
  • 2022 Perspectives on Virtualization
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Date and Time

Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 8:30 am to 4 pm


Registration: Free

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2022 Symposium

The pandemic has moved society online and accelerated interest in virtual and remote solutions by educators, assessors, and licensing bodies. Last year many exams were cancelled, backlogs grew, and solutions were needed. This symposium will share experiences with virtualization, exploring challenges, benefits, and opportunities. As participants, you will also get a taste of Virtual Reality before you debate with your group if virtualization is a panacea or just too problematic.

A donation will be made to Windmill Microlending, Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees.

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Maureen Topps

Irwin Glasberg

Christina St.-Onge

Karen Coetzee

Raja Khanna

Andrea Strachan

Katya Masnyk

Ella Ferris

Sten Ardal


February 17, 2022

Time Program
9:00 am Sign In & Virtual Lobby
9:15 am Ella Ferris
Touchstone Institute Chair
9:30 am Maureen Topps
Executive Director & CEO Medical Council of Canada
Adaptability of MCC Teams in a Time of Complexity: Experiences we Learn and Grow From
10:05 am Irwin Glasberg
Ontario Fairness Commissioner
The Changing Landscape for Virtualization
10:40 am Break
11:00 am Christina St.-Onge
Department of Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke
Navigating Opportunities & Challenges with the Integration of Technologies to Assessment Practices
11:35 am Karen Coetzee
Touchstone Institute
The Virtual OSCE Format: An In-person Panacea?
12:10 pm Lunch
1:10 pm Raja Khanna
CEO of Lumeto
Assessment in the Metaverse; How Immersive Technologies are Being Deployed for Learning & Assessment
1:45 pm Andrea Strachan: Table Activity
Are we There yet?
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Report Back
3:00 pm Katya Masnyk
CEO Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators
Looking in the Rear-View Mirror: Reflection on the Change, Innovation and Resiliency from two Challenging Pandemic Years in Assessment
3:35 pm Sten Ardal
Touchstone Institute
Closing Remarks
3:45 pm Sign Out & Virtual Lobby
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