Berta-Isabel Cuadrado Alvarez, Professor of Spanish The Empire State College, NY, USA
LuAnne Holder, PhD, Instructional Design and Faculty Specialist, Detroit, USA
“Marina is doing great job by sharing her wealth of experience on effective online teaching. Marina has been generously helping teachers and trainers to make online teaching more “effective”. Her experience in education is tremendous and any teacher or trainer will learn a lot under her guidance.”
I have had the pleasure of being working with Marina Kostina for the last months at IES Abroad, Marina had to perform her training to a variety of people on languages and different positions through the whole organization, from faculty members to administrative staff. Definitely, she got to manage very well to develop an online course adapted to everyone needs. Marina was always attentive to give advice and conduct my needs through the course, in which I have gained much knowledge and interest to keep on learning and to keep on improving technological skills.
Maria Romero, Assistant Dean of Faculty, IEA Abroad, Barcelona, Spain
Marina is a dedicated leader in educational innovation and improvement. She has significant skills in educational assessment, building collaborative relationships with peers, and in working to improve process and product improvement in organizational environments. Marina applies her scholarly skills to improve organizational practice and can be counted upon to work hard to achieve organizational best practices and results. Her work ethic and skills are above reproach.
Cynthia Drew Barnes, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Management at Regis University, Denver, CO, USA
Thomas Staub, IT Business Consultant, Freiburg, Germany
“I have first met Marina in Intrax when she started as an ESL teacher. She has drive and energy, patience and enthusiasm in everything she does at school. The students adored her and she was an outstanding addition to the staff team! Marina is smart, multilingual, has a great sense of humour and a amazing understanding of different cultures. I highly recommend her!”
Beata Mickevic, Real Estate Broker, Chicago, Il, USA
John Ockey, Director, IES Abroad, London, England
“I just wanted to say thank you for your book. I’m now ranked very high for “online learning professional” on Linkedin. I’ve also had my first interview. While I did not get the job, I’m very happy that I got to go through the process.”
Liesha Petrovich, Marketing Consultant, Norway, ME, USA
Despite these challenges, Marina designed, produced and ran an excellent course over a period of several months. What I particularly appreciated from this course was that it applied the approach of teaching through doing: the activities were designed in such a way that in themselves they served as models that could be used in the classroom.
The course was clearly structured and organised, and each module contained different activities ensuring that they went from discussing ideas with eachother, through consulting online materials, to constructing classes, testing them, and then reflecting on what they had done.
Apart from the contents of the course itself, what I particularly appreciated were Marina’s constant availability for feedback and clarification, and her flexibility in fitting the course requirements to the hugely varied professional requirements of each one of the participants.
I came out of this course with a much increased knowledge and confidence in using Moodle. On the basis of this experience with her, I would be more than happy to work again with Marina in the field of technology teaching and learning.
Alex Walker, PhD, Director of Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Barcelona, Spain
“Dear Dr. Marina Kostina ,
I am following and waching your presentations which are related to eye movements, presence and course activities with creating online environments, All of them are wonderful and designed well. Just, I Would say thank you for your performance and happy work in the future.”
İsmail Ipek, Ed.D, Associate Professor, Yuksek, Turkey
“Great tips! Thanks for sharing.” – Chris Clementi
“I just recieved a hit for the University of Phoenix. The asked me to send them my RESUME and i guess It is a waiting game now. I can thank you for helping me get noticed!” – Joseph Aspbery, MPA
“Hi, Dr. Kostina, I am a 46 yo in my last year of a BA in English. Besides my first 30 credits received decades ago in a traditional setting, all my classes have been online. I don’t think I would ever have returned to school otherwise. Convenience I am currently writing a paper on online education for an Advanced Research Writing class. I have looked at dozens and dozens of articles and essays on the subject and no one brought out the nuance of the online experience from the student’s perspective so well as you have. Thank You!” -Peggie Hale
I want to first say how much I am enjoying your Hot Topics Wednesdays and how much I am learning from your knowledge sharing and expertise.I haven’t introduced myself to your Facebook community because I choose not to join Facebook, but I have visited your public Facebook page and love the images and inspirations! I’ve bookmarked your page and will visit regularly. Thanks for the gift – the Attention Grabbing Toolkit. The tips in it are really excellent and you practice what you preach because I read the whole text from start to finish without being distracted!
- Nancy Friday