I've reframed our conversation a bit into the Kolb learning cycle. This cycle was useful for me as a framework to describe the range of things that we might undertake together.
The qualities of this model of learning are:
1. Whole set of activities is based on the Kolb learning cycle;
2. Students will be engaged in individual versions and groups versions (project) of each step in the cycle;
3. The time is structured to allow self-organization, self-direction, individualized learning ("studio") and guided instruction ("structured");
4. The faculty's main role is creating a path for self-paced learning prior to the projects (won't work for all subjects), formative and summative assessment of mastery of learning objectives, guidance/teaching as needed.