The Teaching for Learning and Collaboration program (TLC) is a 7 module longitudinal teaching skills program for multi-professional clinicians in healthcare. The program is relevant to the varied teaching contexts of multi-professional faculty and allows participants to share their teaching experiences and employ common teaching theory and behaviours together.

Content and Format

The 7 modules can be delivered longitudinally as a series or as single sessions:

  1. Setting the Educational Climate
  2. Identifying Learning Needs and Setting Objectives
  3. Making Learning Stick
  4. Managing the Teaching Session
  5. Checking In
  6. Feedback
  7. The Learner in Difficulty

Each module includes pre-readings, interactive delivery of theoretical content, deconstruction of re-enacted authentic teaching scenarios, role-plays, group discussion, feedback, teaching tip cards and a commitment to change exercise.

Development of the program was informed by social constructivism, andragogy and reflective practice.

Program Dissemination

The TLC Modules have been offered as part of the Centre for Faculty Development’s workshop series since 2006. It is also currently part of the curriculum for the Education Scholars Program under the Teaching Excellence stream.

There are a number of ways to participate and engage with the TLC program:

  1. Register on our site for any of the TLC workshops available at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). For a full list of our workshops, click here
  2. Look for areas at your own site that may be offering TLC. Contact us for more information at Camille.Borromeo@unityhealth.to
  3. The CFD offers a range of services which facilitate the management of the TLC at other sites. If you are interested in engaging in a service contract with the CFD, please contact contact Camille Borromeo Denbigh.


How do you prepare health professionals for teaching?


Due to the popularity of the TLC program, the Centre has developed a workshop to train past TLC participants to teach the program – a capacity building approach.

Following the Centre's offerings of this TLC Train-the-Trainer workshop, several local organizations have run the TLC program for interprofessional staff at their sites, including:


  • Enhance skills and capacity for clinicians to implement the TLC program at their sites
  • Practice incorporating interactive teaching techniques such as co-facilitation and, conducting and debriefing role plays and video clips
  • Share lessons learned and tips for successful program implementation.

Who can Attend?

  • Those who have completed a minimum of 5 of the 7 TLC sessions
  • Those who are interested in delivering the TLC program at their own institution. In order to maximize your success of implementing this program, participants are strongly encouraged to attend with another past TLC participant who is also a colleague from their same institution / department.
  • Those interested in helping to facilitate future TLC sessions at CFD


If you would like to learn more about the Teaching for Learning and Collaboration Program or TLC Train-the-Trainer, please contact:

Camille Borromeo Denbigh, B.A. (Hons), CE
Education Program Coordinator
(416) 864-6060 x77419

Debbie Kwan, B.Sc.Phm., M.Sc., FCSHP
Assistant Director, Educational Development
(416) 864-6060 x77414
Email Debbie