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Joe Bacal

Applications Administrator

Joe Bacal

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Seelye Hall, B9


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M.S.Ed. Education Bank Street College, 2002

B.A. Sociology & Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College, 1997

Joe maintains the application codebases for Smith's Moodle installations, and two of its WordPress multisite networks. He consults with faculty and staff as they develop curricular projects on these platforms, and develops plugins and themes to meet project and infrastructure requirements. 

Joe has worked at the intersection of technology and learning throughout his career. Before becoming a web developer Joe was a fourth grade teacher and school counselor, including seven years as a supervising teacher at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City where he co-developed a collaborative online learning platform. Joe is also co-founder and programming instructor with HolyokeCodes, working primarily with kids learning to code in the Scratch programming environment. Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife and two children, and playing squash.


WordPress, Moodle, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, SQL, Curriculum Design

Research & Professional Interests

Information architecture, digital humanities, creative computing


Steering Committee Representative, Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project

Publications & Presentations

Bacal, Jessica, Vanpee, Janie, and Bacal, Joseph "New Tools for Documenting Cross-Cultural and Language Learning" Presented at Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning International Seminar. Edinburgh, Scotland, June 6-8, 2016.

Bacal, Joseph. "Reflections on using WordPress for ePortfolio", presented at The Academic Technology Administrators Conference (ATAC). Lafayette College, Easton, PA. June 25-26 2018.

Bacal, Joseph. "Faculty Visions Meet the WordPress Information Architecture". Presented at WPCampus Conference, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis. MO. July 13-14 2018.