This is a Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets project to create freely available financial education materials. The materials are interactive presentations written in RMarkdown and use Shiny for interactive the content. The presentations are hosted on shinyapps.io, and can be viewed by following the links below (all links have not yet been added).
Contributions are Welcome!
This initiative will be increasingly successful as more people from the finance community contribute. Presently, financial education materials are duplicated through separate efforts by individuals and organizations. This is particularly true for materials targeting the undergraduate level.
We hope to foster a community effort to create a set of finance education and course materials. Collaboration and attribution are managed through GitHub. In this way we can have tens and hundreds of people collaborating (each getting credit for their work), and thereby create unparalleled educational materials on many topics.
How to contribute.
You can contribute with very little knowledge of Git/GitHub, and no knowledge of R/Shiny. All you need is a GitHub account. We have posted a set of three video tutorials below which will help you get started.
The easiest way to start contributing is to use the edit-in-browser feature in each file. We posted a short video tutorial on how to do this here.
This video shows how to contribute using the command line on mac/linux.
This video shows how to contribute using the RStudio IDE.
We'll continue to add tutorials here to help make contributing easy. You can also get started with GitHub's excellent list of documentation.
If you are already familiar with Git/R/Shiny then feel free to jump in and add text and code!
The file structure is organized first into subject folders (e.g. Corporate Finance), and then into presentation folders (e.g. capital_structure). Within each presentation folder, the actual presentation is in the .Rmd file (e.g. capital_structure.Rmd). This is the file you should change, and you can safely ignore all other files. The other files/folder are for deploying the presentation and apps, as well as css styling, etc.
Credit for Contributions
The great thing about using Git/GitHub is that you always get credit for contributions you make. Further, they are very easy to see, and link to in order to show others. You can provide a link to all your contributions to 5MinuteFinance, or to any contribution in particular (say you created a nice visualization you would like to show others). You can:
Click "blame" on any file you can see the author of each line. For example, looking at the blame for the financial ratios presentation, we can see the contributions of each of the presentations 6 contributors.
Click on any contributor and see each of their contributions. For example, user tnederlof has made a total of two commits. You can then click any commit to see the authors contribution.
Links to Presentations
Many of the presentations below are works-in-progress. Feel free to contribute fixes and new content.