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Web resources in Latin American higher education institutions have been reported to show a much strongeremphasis on Information than on Communication. A Course Management System CMS, according toSocial Constructivism framework, is an opportunity for fostering learning through interaction in a virtualenvironment for learning; hence, stimulating the use of a CMS for communication purposes seems quiteappropriate. A quantitative analysis of 63.06% of the virtual classrooms was conducted, using the userslog database to describe five variables: Participation, Informational Interaction Level, CommunicationalInteraction 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 levelsof 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 studywould be needed to answer these questions. Teachers and students show different behaviors in the faceof this new ICT campus resource, while faculty members appear to have behaved in an erratic manner,students show steady levels of CMS usage.Nota general

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Autor: Hamuy Pinto, Eduardo; - Galaz Lorca, Mirtha; -



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