Frameworks templates to help students master your content

By Claire Chen
Instructor Partnerships
Read on to discover why and how to use frameworks to teach your course content.

Frameworks are visual and pithy ways to visualize information. They make it easier for students to recall information. Here’s a sample collection of framework types organized by format.


You might already be familiar with the below acronyms - you might even have used these in your own learning. Why not use them to teach the concepts for your course? There's no need to reinvent the wheel. Remember that you already have everything you need to create your course curriculum in your head - now you're just deciding the best way to teach it.
  • S.M.A.R.T: Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound: 5 traits of a well-designed goal
  • S.U.C.C.E.S: Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible Emotional, Stories: from Made to Stick, to remember traits of good storytelling
  • B.E.D.M.A.S: Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement: a negotiator’s position if they reach impasse
  • P.E.M.D.A.S: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract: order of operations in mathematics


  • Distribution curve: Outlines the expected distribution of statistics.
  • J-Curve: Demonstrates a loss in value in the short-term and growth in the long term.
  • Hockey stick: Often used to show exponential growth after a long period of slow/no growth.


  • Venn diagram: Demonstrates how different concepts are similar and dissimilar. Example: Ikigai

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