Web resources in Latin American higher education institutions have been reported to show a much stronger
emphasis on Information than on Communication. A Course Management System (CMS), according to
Social Constructivism framework, is an opportunity for fostering learning through interaction in a virtual
environment for learning; hence, stimulating the use of a CMS for communication purposes seems quite
appropriate. A quantitative analysis of 63.06% of the virtual classrooms was conducted, using the users
log database to describe five variables: Participation, Informational Interaction Level, Communicational
Interaction Level, and the use of Informational Resources and Communicational Resources in the CMS.
An assessment of the first 2 years of implementation of Moodle in a campus confirmed prominence levels
of interaction and resources that favor Information over Communication purposes in the use of the CMS.
It is not conclusive whether this necessarily implies more or better learning; a profound qualitative study
would be needed to answer these questions. Teachers and students show different behaviors in the face
of this new ICT campus resource, while faculty members appear to have behaved in an erratic manner,
students show steady levels of CMS usage.