Herminia Din is a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to this position, she worked for seven years in the museum field with an emphasis on technology for children and families. This included designing the “Young at Art” Program for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institute. In 1996, she developed the first educational Web site for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, she was the Web Producer at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the United States serving more than one million visitors every year, and education technologist at the Indianpolis Museum of Art.
Dr. Din was on the board of the Media and Technology committee of the American Association of Museums, and served as the program chair. She was also the MUSE Awards chair for two years. She has served as a federal grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, she has taught the “Museum and Technology” course at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Also, she serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Fu Jen University, Museum Studies Institute in Taiwan, where each spring she teaches a “Digital Museum” course using distance learning technologies.
Since 2004 she has worked with the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks on the LearnAlaska project - an educational tool to sort, display and share digital museum objects and historical images selected from the Alaska Digital Archives. In 2005, she facilitated a docent-training program using Internet2 videoconferencing for a traveling exhibit in Alaska, “Light Motifs: American Impressionist Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
Most recently in collaboration with William Crow, Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), she developed and taught the Met’s first online workshop for teachers in summer 2008, Global Perspectives: Exploring Landscapes, an interactive online workshop for K-12 teachers.
Her research interests include art education for children and educational technology in non-traditional learning environments. Her research focuses on how the use of new technologies in education offer the potential to transform teaching and learning in art. Currently, she is studying aspects of emerging technology for implementing creative initiatives to enhance arts education, and using Web 2.0 tools to enhance teaching, learning, and social networking.