At CSTAR, we provide you with support at every step of your educational event, from planning, to execution, and even post-event evaluation. Below are a few resources that you can use if you need assistance with performing a needs assessment, and determining SMART learning goals, to help you provide the most targeted education while you are at CSTAR. 

Instructor Development 

Instructor development is one of the most crucial considerations for providing a meaningful learning experience for course attendees. In early 2019 we offered an Introduction to Simulation course for Clinical Educators at CSTAR with a focus on simulation design and delivery.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, we will offer Instructor Development courses for clinical and professional staff who run courses at CSTAR. These courses will cover all aspects of simulation including scenario design, pre-briefing, debriefing, and facilitating simulation.  For information on these courses please contact Stephanie Ayres at ext. 32358 or by email at

Other institutions currently offer comprehensive education:

Royal College Simulation Educator Training Course

Sim-One Educator Courses

Centre for Medical Simulation – includes resources for instructor development as well as course offerings for Simulation Instructor Training.

Simulation Innovation Resource Center  – for great resources on simulation design, educator development, mindfulness in simulation, and even simulation templates.


CanMEDS Framework

CanMEDS is a framework that identifies and describes the abilities physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve. A competent physician seamlessly integrates the competencies of all seven CanMEDS Roles.


SMART Learning Goals

College of Nurses of Ontario Quality Assurance Resources – This resource will help you write Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Limited learning goals for your learning plan. 


Debriefing Resources

PEARLS Healthcare Debriefing Tool – This tool provides a template for conducting an effective debrief that can be used for simulation, in-situ or critical events analysis.

Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare© (DASH)   – This assessment is designed to assist in evaluating and developing debriefing skills and can be used in a variety of debriefing settings.


CSTAR Resources

Simulation Program Design Template – planning for your educational session and evaluation

Scenario Development Template – a template for creating your simulation scenario