I made a first go at analysing some recordings of the Second Life sessions we did in April. I was influenced by conversation analysis as described in Hutchby and Woofitt (2008) but did not do a full painstaking conversation analysis.
It is noticeable how often there is a spoken conversation going on at the same time as people were using text chat about often quite different issues. It was also quite interesting to notice that students would sometimes write comments that undermined what was being said. For example, one student was saying that speaking was quite simple in second life and a message popped up on the text chat saying "Not for me it wasn't.
Hutchby, I. and Woofitt, R (2008) Conversation Analysis Second Edition Cambridge: Polity.