Wiebke Wetzel

Walking questions

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This is a great facilitation technique to answer open questions of trainees with a "What if" learning style. It prevents the facilitator from answering all questions herself. With this method trainees can: 

  • close knowledge gaps
  • find solutions for personal problems
  • imagine themselves using their new knowledge in future and prepare themselves for obstacles


Let trainees find solutions for their problems themselves. Benefit from swarm intelligence.




    At the end of a training block each trainee writes one open question on top of a sheet of paper. She hands the paper to the person on her right (and receives one from her left). On the sheet she receives she reads the question ans writes down any idea/ answer she might have. She adds her name for any clarification questions. If she has no idea or answer, she hands the sheet to the next person.

    Afterwards everybody hands the sheet to the person on her right ... The exercise ends when everybody has her original sheet back. 


    From Bernd Weidemann, Wandernde Fragen

    Comments (6) (4.7 avg / 7 ratings)

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    • Very easy and useful! Thank you

      over 3 years ago
    • One of the ways to use this in online/remote setting is to set up a grid / or columns layout on your visual collaboration tool, so then participants can 'move' the virtual sheets or post-it notes to each others' area. So for instance, with 10 participants, I'd set up 10 columns in Mural / Miro board (or simply in Google Slides), one empty sheet of virtual note in each. Then ask everyone to pick one empty column, write their name above it. Then they can fill in their on empty sheet, and pass it to the next person in the row. So when they finished writing, they simply drag-and-drop their sheet to the next person. (Or for a more visual layout, you might even set up the working areas in a circle shape, so it feels more like a real cirlce)

      over 3 years ago
    • How could you do this in a remote setting?

      over 3 years ago
    • good idea

      almost 4 years ago
    • I think its perfect as an energizer as well (not physical) at the beginning of a day to demonstrate the power of community

      almost 6 years ago
    • I've done a similar activity where the questions are written on a business size envelope and each learner has index cards. They answer the question on the envelope on an index card and include it in the envelope. Each successive person reads answers already in envelope. They can then support or expound on a card already there or add their own.

      almost 7 years ago