I have long tried to integrate the use of IM into my teaching, with very limited success. Thus, this recent article caught my attention:
Quan-Haase, Anabel (2008) 'Instant Messaging on Campus: Use
and Integration in University Students' Everyday Communication', The Information
Society, 24:2, 105 - 115
While it does provide a reasonable review of the research literature, it provides little new data, much to my disappointment. At best, it would be a good starting point for students who are thinking of doing research in this area.