That is the essence of a new tool called Appear.in [ https://appear.in ]. Appear.in is similar to Skype but much simpler.
Your courses already include the capability to hold webinar-style sessions using Blackboard Collaborate (BbC). BbC is good for formal synchronous sessions where you need a whiteboard, PPT presentation, and recording.
Appear.in is useful for informal sessions, such as project check-ins or one-to-one student conferences. It’s easy for students to just schedule a time to meet with you and then click on an “Instant Video Chat” link in your course.
There are two ways to do this:
If you do option #2 above, then you will see at the top of the screen a button labeled “Claim”. To claim a custom URL as your own, you will need to create an account (free). Once claimed, you can use your custom URL anywhere you want. You can create one that is based on your name or your course, or for whatever other reason you can think of.
Here’s what it looks like in my own course (COMM601):
I did this by editing my “Instructor Details” block in Moodle and adding a simple JPG image (below). Once added, select it and then click on the link button to make it a clickable link. In the URL box, paste in your custom Appear.in URL. Be sure to check the “Open in a new tab/window” checkbox so that it doesn’t replace your course when students click on it.
Drag off the image below onto your desktop for yourself and upload it into your course! Make it a link with your own Appear.in URL.