From the UI College of Education spring 2013 alumni magazine 
Marina Kostina (BA ’95/MA ’97/PhD ’11) is changing the way teachers and students interact online. She is also expanding the global reach of higher education through her work in distance learning.
Kostina, who says she came to the United States from Russia 20 years ago with “just a bag in my hand and a dream in my heart,” is now a best-selling author on Amazon and has created her own thriving business, Wired @ Heart, which teaches instructors to build effective online courses.
“I want to help teachers and subject-matter experts transcend distances by sharing their knowledge online without losing personal connection with their students,” says Kostina, who has co-authored two books on this subject.
Kostina’s innovative work is critically important as more and more students sign up for online courses.
Columbia University’s Community College Research Center recently
reported that about one-third of American college students are enrolled in an online course.
“Distance learning provides many opportunities for educational institutions to offer cost-effective, green learning, not bound by time or geography,” Kostina says. “But despite its numerous benefits, web-based distance learning is far from being a perfect educational
Kostina’s passion for improving and expanding education comes from her mother, Irina Kostina, a Russian language professor at the University
“My mother always told me that education is my biggest treasure that no one can ever take away,” she says.
Read the full article  on the College of Education's website