Nominal Group Technique

Category: Explore
Author: Aleix Barrera, Diego Castro & David Rodriguez-Gomez
Facilited by the teacher
The aim is to identify problems, causes and solutions of the challenge.
30-60 mins
Groups of 5-30
Whiteboard, pen, paper & post-its


  1. The teacher writes 3 question headings on the whiteboard for each group to answer on post-its:
    • What are the 3 main problems of the challenge?
    • What are the 3 main causes of the challenge?
    • What are the 3 main solutions to the challenge?
  2. Students place post-its under the headings on the whiteboard.
  3. The groups review all the post-its whilst thinking about the 3 questions above.
  4. The groups then thought-shower and select the best solution for the problem.


This activity creates a base from which to progress on to the ‘Analyse’ stage and offers the opportunity for students to correlate and cross-check valid information from different sources.

The activity could be done using online tools such as Padlet, virtual whiteboard and breakout rooms in Teams/Zoom.


Inspired by: The Centre for Teaching and Learning