Matthew Havertz


Matthew Havertz is a master of science student in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department at Utah State University. His undergraduate degree is in Communication with an emphasis in digital media and video production from Weber State University. He has produced, shot, and edited videos for Weber State and helped produce over 15 videos for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a producer's assistant, assistant editor, and assistant writer. His full portfolio can be seen on his website, His research is focused on how narratives can be inserted into educational and instructional videos to increase declarative and procedural knowledge retention. For his thesis, he is creating videos with narratives for the Dental Assisting Program at Bridgerland Technical College and collecting data via a pretests and posttest design as well as qualitative methods. Most recently, Havertz was featured in the Herald Journal for his work as a volunteer associate producer and assistant writer on a feature-length film called "Before Your Time." Havertz loves living in Logan with his wife Melissa and their two daughters Emma and Lily.


Master’s Thesis: For centuries, some of the greatest educators (e.g., Aristotle and Aesop) have promoted storytelling as a vehicle for disseminating knowledge. Narrative techniques used to share information have been studied in academic disciplines such as marketing, communication, and medicine. However, little research exists examining the impact of narrative videos on the development and retention of declarative or procedural knowledge. In addition to this, virtually no one has employed this type of educational narrative video to individuals in technical- or practical-based education settings such as with dental assistants or other medical technicians. Additional research is necessary to investigate the effects of narrative-based instructional videos on the retention of knowledge in technician students such as dental assistants. The aim of the proposed study is to investigate the impact of a five-act narrative inserted into an educational training video on learning outcomes in dental assistants. A pre/posttest two-group experimental study, with additional qualitative measures inserted, will examine the efficacy of narrative-based instructional video content with a five-act narrative and without a narrative on the development and retention of declarative and procedural knowledge in dental assistant students.


I published my undergraduate research in Ergo, Weber State's research publication for undergraduate research. It looks like it's not yet online (I'm not sure why), but here is a link to the project: (Ignore the second link on that page, it's the first one I'm referring to).