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I have this sentence:

Wollen wir Schritt halten, müssen wir laufend dazulernen.

Is it correct to just add a question mark to convert it to a question?

Wollen wir Schritt halten, müssen wir laufend dazulernen?

Or do I need to add a dann?

Wollen wir Schritt halten, müssen wir dann laufend dazulernen?

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    Side remark about style: Schritt halten and laufend both are figurative and originally refer to people walking. When they are used independently, they don’t mix well. – chirlu Mar 16 '16 at 4:30
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Neither version works particularly well as a question because the hint that it is meant as a question comes too late and is inconspicuous, even with dann (because this word also has other meanings). It is a bit clearer when an explicit wenn is used, emphasizing the correspondence wenn – dann:

Wenn wir Schritt halten wollen, müssen wir dann laufend dazulernen?

The most natural way, however, is to have the main clause first:

Müssen wir laufend dazulernen, wenn wir Schritt halten wollen?

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