To learn any skill, you need to repeatedly practice it, and also to get feedback that helps you know if your practice is hitting the mark (whether from an instructor or from your own assessment of your work--i.e. seeing whether the ball goes in the hoop as you practice your free throws).
The challenge of learning media skills is that it just takes loads and loads of time to complete a media project of any meaningful scope or depth or complexity. The following activities are designed to target extremely specific elements of media-rich storytelling, and to do so with extremely quick activities that tighten up the feedback loop.
In this activity, participants practice a moving shot, giving a 30-60 second response to an interview question or prompt while walking from their computer outside and then back to their computer.
For the following week, someone (either the students, if it's important for them to learn, or the instructor, if not) synchronizes the video and edits together either a tiled, synchronized version of all the videos, or a montage that intercuts them to produce interesting narrative effects.
In this activity, participants practice creating meaningful "insert" shots or "b-roll" that can help tell the story of an interview subject.
In this activity, students focus on telling the story of a person, their environment, and their activity, but with a catch: you only get to use audio OR video, but not both.