PhD student and Project Manager
Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions

+34 93 542 1173
Roc Boronat, 138 08018 Barcelona

Marc Beardsley is a PhD student at UPF with a Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (UPF) and a Bachelor of Commerce (University of British Columbia). He also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Victoria and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). Marc has 15 years of industry experience that spans work in Canada, Thailand, and Japan; and includes the co-founding and managing of a 6-person corporate training company and an e-commerce venture that grew to over 50 employees. 

His research interests lie at the intersection of neuroscience and education – and focus on how technology can support educators in better facilitating the development of effective lifelong learners. He initiated and is currently the project lead for Erasmus+ Project Illuminated (2017-2020) – Illuminating Effective Teaching Strategies with the Science of Learning. The interdisciplinary project involves experts in the fields of neuroscience and education technology and works with partners in Finland, Portugal and Greece. Marc leads the design of professional development workshops for educators and has delivered the workshops in FinlandSpain and Egypt.
Marc also initiated and is the project lead for Erasmus+ Project Spotlighters – illuminating student paths to resilience with the science of stress. Project Spotlighters brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, teacher training, and education technology to work with local schools in developing the self-regulatory practices of students via educational activities. The project is being run in Spain, Finland, Portugal, Greece, and Denmark until August 2021. Marc co-leads the design of lessons for students and research coordination; and leads the development of a classroom ICT tool to student support social and emotional learning
Marc's recent publications include:

  • Beardsley, M., Hernández‐Leo, D., & Ramirez‐Melendez, R. (2018). Seeking reproducibility: Assessing a multimodal study of the testing effect. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 34(4), 378-386. doi:10.1111/jcal.12265
  • Beardsley, M., Santos, P., Hernández‐Leo, D., & Michos K. (in press). Ethics in educational technology research: Informing participants on data sharing risks. British Journal of Educational Technology