SWAD (software)

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SWAD logo
SWAD screenshot at the University of Granada
Original author(s) SWAD development team
Developer(s) SWAD development team
Stable release 13.79 / July 18, 2014; 23 days ago (2014-07-18)[1]
Written in C, C++
Operating system GNU/Linux server
Type Course management system
License AGPLv3[1]
Website OpenSWAD.org

SWAD (originally stood for "Sistema Web de Apoyo a la Docencia" in Spanish or "Web System for Education Support", currently stands for "Shared Workspace At a Distance") is a web application to manage the courses, students and teachers of one or more educational institutions.


The first version of SWAD appeared in September 1999. In 2005 its use was extended to the University of Granada.[2] The application was released as free software in January 2010[3][4] under Affero General Public License, version 3.[1][5] In 2010 the system was used by 1,100 professors and 35,000 students.[4] In 2011 it was used by 2,000 professors and 60,000 students in 2,800 courses.[6][7][8]

SWAD is currently available in 9 languages and used in the University of Granada,[9][10][11][12][13] in the Universidad Nacional de Asunción and the portal OpenSWAD.org. In March 2014 SWAD installation at the University of Granada housed 398 degrees (including undergraduate and graduate) with 6557 courses, 93135 students and 3072 teachers.[14]

Technical specifications[edit]


SWAD core is a CGI programmed in C comprising almost all the functionality of the platform. The core is supplemented with some external programs like photo processing module and chat module.[15]

The server runs on a GNU/Linux system with Apache and a MySQL or MariaDB database.


Being a web application, the client can be any modern web browser. To use the chat you must have Java runtime environment.

Besides the web client, there is an M-learning application for Android devices called SWADroid ,[6][7] which implements some of the most used features in the web version.

Hierarchy and roles[edit]

Hierarchical organization[edit]

SWAD can accommodate in a single platform one or multiple educational organizations. It uses the following hierarchical structure:

The central element of this hierarchy is the course, which can register several teachers and students.


Each user has a role of student or teacher at each of the course in which he/she is enrolled. In addition, some users may be administrators of one or more degrees, or superusers (global administrators of the platform).

SWAD functionality[edit]

SWAD distributes its functionality in 11 tabs, each with several options:[16]

  • System: Global configuration and management of countries
  • Country: Management of institutions in the current country
  • Institution: Management of centres in the current institution
  • Centre: Management of degrees in the current centre
  • Degree: Management of courses in the current degree
  • Course: Information and documentation of the course selected
  • Assessment: Assessment of students in the course selected
  • Users: Information and management of groups, students and teachers
  • Messages: Communication between users, forums, chat
  • Statistics: Statistics and monitoring visits
  • Profile: User personal information

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "SWAD download". OpenSWAD.org. 
  2. ^ "Web para prácticas de economía". Universia (in Spanish) (Universia España). 2006-05-30. 
  3. ^ "SWAD, liberado" [SWAD, released]. http://osl.ugr.es/ (in Spanish). Oficina de Software Libre de la Universidad de Granada. 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b "La Universidad de Granada libera su Sistema Web de Apoyo a la Docencia (SWAD)". Profesionales Digitales (in Spanish). 2010-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Liberada la plataforma SWAD bajo licencia AGPL v3" [Platform SWAD released under AGPL v3 license]. http://barrapunto.com/ (in Spanish). Barrapunto. 2010-01-21. 
  6. ^ a b "Los sistemas de apoyo informático a la docencia se deslocalizan". Profesionales Digitales (in Spanish). 2011-06-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Los sistemas de apoyo informático a la docencia se deslocalizan". Universia (in Spanish) (Universia España). 2011-06-23. 
  8. ^ G. Parra, Andrea (2011-12-11). "Formación universitaria sin pisar la clase". miUGR.es Canal universitario de Ideal.es (in Spanish) (Ideal Comunicación Digital). 
  9. ^ López Morales, Manuel; Celma Vicente, Matilde; Cano-Caballero Gálvez, M. Dolores; Quero Rufián, Aurora; Rodríguez López, M. Ascensión (2011). "Docencia universitaria semipresencial. Experiencia en el uso de la plataforma virtual SWAD" [Semi-presential university teaching. An experience in the use of SWAD virtual platform]. Educación Médica (in Spanish) 14 (4): 229–234. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. 
  10. ^ Correa Rodríguez, M.; Cambil Martín, Jacobo (2011). "Estudio docente del Sistema Web de Apoyo a la Docencia en alumnado del Máster de Educación Secundaria". Revista Scientia (in Spanish) 16 (2): 95–107. ISSN 1989-7375. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. 
  11. ^ Cañas Vargas, Antonio; Ocaña Lara, Francisco A. (2010). "SWAD en los estudios de Farmacia" [SWAD in the studies in Pharmacy]. ARS Pharmaceutica (in Spanish) 51 (2): 1–17. ISSN 0004-2927. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. 
  12. ^ Salicetti Fonseca, Alejandro; Romero Cerezo, Cipriano (2010). "La plataforma de apoyo a la docencia como opción metodológica para el aprendizaje de competencias" [The Support Platform for Educators as a Methodological Option for Competitive Learning]. Revista Educación (in Spanish) (Universidad de Costa Rica) 34 (1): 83–100. ISSN 0379-7082. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. 
  13. ^ Bueno Ibáñez, T.A.; Cámara Martos, F.; López Andújar, G. (2009). "Implantación de la Plataforma de Apoyo a la Docencia en la Facultad de Farmacia de Granada". In Pujol Cubells, Montserrat. Edusfarm, revista d’educació superior en Farmàcia (in Spanish) (Facultat de Farmàcia de la Universitat de Barcelona, Grup de Dinamització Pedagògica.) 5. ISSN 1886-6271. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Estadísticas de uso en la UGR" [Usage statistics at the UGR] (in Spanish). Virtual Learning Center of the University of Granada. 2013-10-17. 
  15. ^ "SWAD source code". OpenSWAD.org. 
  16. ^ Cañas Vargas, Antonio; Calandria Hernández, Daniel Jesús; Martínez Ortigosa, Eva; Ros Vidal, Eduardo; Díaz García, Antonio Francisco (2007). "Chapter 12: SWAD: Web System for Education Support". In Fernández Manjón, Baltasar; Sánchez Pérez, Juan Manuel; Gómez Pulido, Juan Antonio; Vega Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel; Bravo Rodríguez, José. Computers and Education. Springer Netherlands. pp. 133–142. ISBN 978-1-4020-4914-9. 

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