second to the "why no VSE?"
I'm a long-time Blender user and wanted to get a jump on learning 2.8. I learned a lot about the changes to Blender and its UI along the way.
I was shocked when we were instructed to render directly to video. That is a very bad habit for anything more than a few seconds of video. If Blender crashes mid-render, you are out a lot of time and have nothing to show for the time spent on rendering. As an introductory course, I would have expected a better lesson on video construction.
Perhaps a 5-minute add-on to briefly cover frames-to-video?
I was also surprised that the Blender 2.8 UI does not include the old VSE window setup by default. Seems like an oversight!