My name is Edward Tanguay.
I have a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, a Masters in Education, and am currently working as a web developer in Berlin, Germany.

I watch over 200 college-level MOOC lectures per year in subjects such as history , psychology, science, religion, art, philosophy, and IT development in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, and record my notes here.
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The primary goal of this Learn Tracker project is to build a web site which serves as one place to record the notes of everything that I am learning from MOOC classes, to foreign languages, to useful code examples and technical how-to notes, so that I not only have an overview of what I have learned, but can search and recall these notes at any time.

The secondary goal of this Learn Tracker project is to work together with companies, universities, and MOOC providers to build software that allows employees, students, and learners to record what they are learning in an efficient way so that it serves not only as (1) a record of what they have learned, but also (2) a place for them to review and search what they have learned.

Since January 2013, I have watched and recorded notes on over 300 MOOC lectures from over 30 different courses in both English and French, and have watched and recorded notes and flashcards on over 50 foreign language videos in Italian, French and Spanish. (I am curently still adding notes I took from 2013 and plan to be caught up by the end of January 2014.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the First World War brought the competing imperial systems, tension, and disequilibrium to a head
the peace of 1918/19 didn't create a durable peace as its architects sought out
the tension would persist until well into 1945
1914-1945
a Thirty Years War with pauses and truces throughout... view all notes
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
PALEONTOLOGY: EARLY VERTEBRATE EVOLUTION, University of Alberta
as paleontologists look back into the past, the further they look, the blurrier and smaller the view finder becomes
with living animals we can observe them directly
with animals from the Paleozoic Era (542-250 Ma, fish) or Mesozoic Era (250-65 Ma, dinosaurs) we observe them through fossils
becoming a fossil was like striking the lottery
as some soft Paleozoic life form, the chances of your remains being preserved was exceptionally small... view all notes
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
retablo is a form of popular folk art in Mexico
painted in a small format on tin
highly decorative but also strangely unsettling to the viewer
they present ironic commentary on life's contradictions
PAINTING: Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair 1940... view all notes
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CHINESE THOUGHT: ANCIENT WISDOM MEETS MODERN SCIENCE, University of British Columbia
Warring States literature
Early Warring States
Analects
Tao Te Ching
the core part of Mohism (Mozi)... view all notes
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
two portraits
1. self portrait of cropped hair of 1940
2. Fulang-Chang and I of 1937
aspects of femininity... view all notes
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CHRISTIANISME ET PHILOSOPHIE DANS L'ANTIQUITÉ, Sorbonne University
les arguments utilisés par les philosophes contre les chrétiens
les critiques des philosophes concernent
la personne de Jésus
les évangélistes
les chrétiens en général... view all notes
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A LA RECHERCHE DU GRAND PARIS, Sciences Po
comment a évolué Paris depuis de 19ème siècle
il faut revenir sur ce qui se passe au milieu du XIXe siècle
Paris est une
petite ville
très dense... view all notes
People:
Georges Haussmann (1809-1891)
Il a dirigé les transformations de Paris sous le Second Empire
  • il souhaitait instaurer une politique facilitant l'écoulement des flux, aussi bien de population, de marchandises que d’air et d’eau, convaincu par les théories hygiénistes héritées des Lumières et qui se sont diffusées à la suite de l’épidémie de choléra de 1832
  • cette campagne fut intitulée Paris embellie, Paris agrandie, Paris assainie
  • un autre objectif était de prévenir d'éventuels soulèvements populaires, fréquents à Paris : après la Révolution de 1789
  • a l'obsession de la ligne droite, ce que l'on a appelé le culte de l'axe au xixe siècle
  • pour cela, il est prêt à amputer des espaces comme le jardin du Luxembourg mais aussi à démolir certains bâtiments comme le marché des Innocents ou l'église Saint-Benoît-le-Bétourné
  • il aménage un certain nombre de parcs et jardins : ainsi sont créés un square pour chacun des quatre-vingt quartiers de Paris, ainsi que le parc Montsouris et le parc des Buttes-Chaumont
  • des règlements imposent des normes très strictes quant au gabarit et à l'ordonnancement des maisons, les immeubles se ressemblent tous, c'est l'esthétique du rationnel
  • il fait aussi construire ou reconstruire des ponts sur la Seine ainsi que de nouvelles églises, comme Saint-Augustin ou la Trinité
  • il décide d'étendre la ville de Paris jusqu'aux fortifications de l'enceinte de Thiers, onze communes limitrophes de Paris sont totalement supprimées et leurs territoires absorbés par la ville entièrement: Belleville, Grenelle, Vaugirard, La Villette, Auteuil, Passy, Batignolles-Monceau, Bercy, La Chapelle, Charonne et Montmartre
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
RUSSIAN HISTORY: FROM LENIN TO PUTIN, University of California, Santa Cruz
industrialization in the last decades of the 19th century as remarkably successful
Sergei Witte, Minister of Finance 1889-1891
argued that Russia needed to industrialize to remain a great power
have to be able to have a great army
moving armies around... view all notes
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CHRISTIANISME ET PHILOSOPHIE DANS L'ANTIQUITÉ, Sorbonne University
trois types d'arguments utilisés par les philosophes contre les chrétiens, les deux premiers sont:
1. les attaques contre la doctrine
2. concernent le texte biblique et l'exégèse des chrétiens
c'est-à-dire la façon dont ils l'interprètent
il est difficile de savoir comment les philosophes ont eu accès au texte biblique... view all notes
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the Treaty of Versailles produced an unstable Europe
a goal of it was the rebuilding of a global economy
but many focused on establishing the economic world as it had existed before the war
the idea was that restoring the Victorian boom was a condition for the political peace
people looking for new coordinates began to be nostalgic for the old world... view all notes
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