More explicitly, Workshops are interactive, course-specific problem-solving sessions. Comprised of small teams of students led by a specially trained student facilitator, Workshops meet each week to tackle rigorous material designed to build conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Faculty members are closely associated with Workshop activities and their groups of student leaders. These "near peer" leaders are carefully chosen and well trained by faculty and learning specialists in course content, group dynamics, the basics of learning theory, and diversity issues. The credit-bearing leader training program prepares leaders to help their Workshop participants tackle demanding course material together. Overall, Workshops provide the added benefit of an enhanced sense of community.