The 2nd day of my program, which is the 1st day of the video production class students shoot a short film.  I spend less than an hour discussing camera basics.  For this exercise and only this exercise I have the students shooting in full-auto mode.

I don't need to give them too much theory.  They should get out there shooting and having fun and excited for the video program from the start.

I want a story about a student running late for class. Students should shoot about 15-20 shots.  I want every shot locked-down.  They cannot pan or zoom.  I want them to understand what professional looking video is from the very 1st day.

We review the raw video in-class.  I try and evaluate each step to make sure all students are understanding the process.

Day 3 is the very 1st day of the video editing class.  They are taught very basic non-linear editing; import, project panel, source panel, timeline, insert and overwrite.  Then they edit a version of their story.

After a short break, student come back into the classroom and I ask them to start thinking truly non-linearly.  I ask them to start a new timeline.  This time I want them to start with a shot that would be mid-story and build from there.   So, now student insert shots before the 1st clip on the timeline and after.  They are forced to think about the story starting in the middle and then working around that moment in the story. 

I don't believe students need a lot of theory front loaded into my lectures.  That'll come later.  The fact that they understand basic storytelling and can apply this knowledge with camera and computer after just a few days give them an advantage.