From e-Learning Documentation
The Home Page is, by default, the page where your students land when they first open your course. They will see any current Announcements, Calendar Postings, Mail and Discussion Messages (if you have enabled those tools). You are also provided with a space to create your own Home Page information under "Site Information Display."
The Best Practice is to use this space to inform students about how to use the course. Is this a totally online course? Is it supplemental information for a face-to-face class? How will you communicate with them? How do you want them to use the tools you've provided? Give them contact information for the Help Desk to address any computer-related problems - http://helpdesk.ufl.edu, 352-392-4357.