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.

February 2015 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 15 college lectures:
Learned 1 vocabulary words:
Learned about 11 people:
Corrected 15 misspelling:
resistences, empirial, Hawaian, suppresion, disiplinary, insence, improvisitory, psychodelia, synical, androgenous, androgeny, Mitterand, ernest, sincerety, dispocession
Recorded 136 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • And even in our bodies
  • As happened in the last work
  • But it gets interesting
  • I have learned that I can have some independence of mind
  • In this sense it is
  • It's elongated form indicates
  • Let us now focus
  • Look at the bottom of the scene
  • Look at this picture
  • Our faith in progress
  • She seems to have conquered Mars
  • That does not mean that
  • The colder it gets on the exterior
  • The idea that painting is like a window
  • The landscape seen in the background
  • The pictures tell stories
  • There is a step
  • They will begin to assess
  • This detail
  • This is achieved by
  • This may seem strange to us
  • This will affect how we see
  • To some extent
  • Try this at home
  • We see a tenderness
  • What they did was
  • When looking at a picture like this
  • Yet,
  • a device that prevents deviance to develop in a stable system
  • a distant past
  • a dream which follows sex
  • a room heated by a heater
  • although we are not sure
  • are found
  • as we struggle
  • attitudes
  • awake
  • by some type of
  • by the contribution of cybernetics
  • came to the Americas
  • can be designed today
  • can be understood as
  • focus
  • has come to an end
  • her knees
  • how it fits in the
  • if only to feed us
  • if the lines were extended
  • in front of the face
  • in the background
  • is located
  • is the range of colors
  • it is quite interesting
  • just twenty inches high
  • leads not only to development
  • many scenes
  • maybe it was painted for a bedroom
  • more pictures
  • much gold in the background
  • of faith in progress
  • of the early Renaissance
  • of the environment
  • only time will confirm
  • resulted in a new
  • sculptures
  • since
  • since this order
  • sought to paint people
  • strove to know
  • studying a huge sculture
  • substituted
  • surrounds the scene
  • that let's me cut and paste
  • that surrounded them
  • that we also saw
  • the birth of the saint
  • the desire to recover
  • the face
  • the universe exapnds
  • the walls
  • there are traffic jams
  • there is much emphasis
  • there was
  • this would be a completely totalitarian world
  • threaten
  • through wars
  • to which we have not been invited
  • traveled to Italy
  • very expensive
  • we realize that it will
  • we see in the piture
  • were suitable
  • when the desired temperature is reached
  • which formed one of
  • which refers to the rebirth of classical antiquity
  • which reminds us of a temple
  • which was done in Europe
  • which we have mentioned
  • who had been forced
  • widespread
  • with a golden haol around his head
  • Above the (SPANISH)
  • Everything we just described (SPANISH)
  • Hence the title reads (SPANISH)
  • Since at this stage (SPANISH)
  • The best preserved of these solar temples (SPANISH)
  • The photograph on the left is take westward (SPANISH)
  • The reason lies in that (SPANISH)
  • The site of the city (SPANISH)
  • This is reflected especially in (SPANISH)
  • a meteoric stone (SPANISH)
  • a podium on which would probably be the Benben stone (SPANISH)
  • began to be regarded as the son of God (SPANISH)
  • especially (SPANISH)
  • experienced a gradula process (SPANISH)
  • had built (SPANISH)
  • has not survived to the present day (SPANISH)
  • holding in his hand (SPANISH)
  • i.e. falling from the sky (SPANISH)
  • in an open courtyard (SPANISH)
  • in the lower photographs (SPANISH)
  • is arranged in two columns (SPANISH)
  • is located west of Memphis proper (SPANISH)
  • it is in the northeast corner (SPANISH)
  • more hidden (SPANISH)
  • since these took place (SPANISH)
  • that what you see behind the altar (SPANISH)
  • that would differ from other cults (SPANISH)
  • the innermost part of the temple (SPANISH)
  • the open courtyard (SPANISH)
  • the podium on which the obelisk stood (SPANISH)
  • throughout the fourth dynasty (SPANISH)
  • was called (SPANISH)
  • we will define what we mean by (SPANISH)
  • which became the third most important (SPANISH)
  • would have been two distinct traditions (SPANISH)
Monday, February 2, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
EGIPTOLOGÍA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
la ciudad del sol
el lugar de origen
el principal centro de culto de la divinidad solar en Egipto
Benben... view all notes
Sesostris I (1981-1926 BC)
Second pharaoh of the *Twelfth* Dynasty of Egypt, known for building numerous shrines and temples throughout Egypt including the oldest standing *obelisk* in Egypt in northeast Cairo at the site of the ancient city of Heliopolis
  • also known as *Senusret* I
  • rebuilt the important temple of Re-Atum in *Heliopolis* which was the centre of the sun cult
  • continued his father's Amenemhat I's aggressive *expansionist* policies against Nubia
  • established diplomatic relations with some rulers of towns in Syria and *Canaan*
Sneferu (2613-2589 BC)
The pharaoh and founder of the 4th dynasty during the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, known as the builder of three *pyramids* that survive to this day and which introduced major innovations in the design and construction
  • he is also known under his Hellenized name *Soris*
  • Hetepheres I was Sneferu's main wife and the mother of *Khufu*, the builder of the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
Mary Wollstonecraft
questioning the aim of science
giving voice to an important key to the Enlightenment
that one had to now be skeptical of the world
skeptical about claims and subject them to rational, scientific inquiry... view all notes
argot, n. [AR-go] a characteristic language of a particular group, as among thieves  "It was argued that they were "uplifting the native" and "bringing inferior peoples into civil society" even if they didn't want to as it was for their own good, this was the political argot of the time."
Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566)
A Spanish historian, social reformer and Dominican friar who wrote "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies", a chronicle of the first decades of colonization of the West Indies which focused particularly on the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the indigenous peoples
  • became the first resident Bishop of Chiapas, and the first officially appointed "Protector of the Indians
  • as one of the first European settlers in the Americas, he participated in the atrocities committed against the Native Americans by the Spanish colonists
  • in 1515, he reformed his views, gave up his Indian slaves, and advocated, before King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, on behalf of rights for the natives
  • In 1522, he attempted to launch a new kind of peaceful colonialism on the coast of Venezuela, but this venture failed, causing Las Casas to enter the Dominican Order and become a friar, leaving the public scene for a decade
  • he continued lobbying for the abolition of the encomienda (a grant of a specified number of natives of a specific community to a specific Spanish colonizer), gaining an important victory by the passing of the New Laws in 1542
  • the remainder of his life was spent at the Spanish court where he held great influence over Indies-related issues
  • in 1550, he participated in the Valladolid debate in which Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda argued that the Indians were less than human and required Spanish masters in order to become civilized. Las Casas maintained that they were fully human and that forcefully subjugating them was unjustifiable
Guillaume Raynal (1713-1796)
French writer and iconoclastic Jesuit who in 1770 wrote the popular and controversial "L'Histoire des deux Indes", which examined commerce, religion, slavery, and other popular subjects from the perspective of the French Enlightenment
  • it indicated that empires, especially the Spanish and the Portuguese, in colonizing the East and West Indies, were turning their backs on their fundamental purpose of the Enlightenment and were thus eventually doomed to corruption and decline
  • the book principally examines the East Indies, South America, the West Indies, and North America
  • the full title of the book was "L'Histoire philosophique et politique des établissements et du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes" and was a ten-volume set and one of the first global histories of the world
  • the final chapter comprises theory around the future of Europe as a whole
  • it was translated into the principal European languages
  • its publication in France was forbidden in 1779
  • the book was burned by the public executioner, and an order was given for the arrest of the author
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)
A prominent African in London, freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade
  • known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa
  • his autobiography, published in 1789 and attracting wide attention, was considered highly influential in gaining passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807, which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies
  • his last master was Robert King, an American Quaker merchant who allowed Equiano to trade on his own account and purchase his freedom in 1766
  • he settled in England in 1767 and worked and traveled for another 20 years as a seafarer, merchant, and explorer in the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies, South and Central America, and the United Kingdom
Friday, February 6, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
First Amendment
freedom of speech
freedom of the press
right to peaceably assemble... view all notes
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
ritual is a humanizer
it restrains and reforms human nature
without ritual we don't know how to act
a behavioral language
metaphor of carving and polishing... view all notes
Monday, February 9, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
Jazz Rock is a funny kind of stylistic orphan in the history of popular music
Jazz Rock Fusion
Miles Davis
John Mclaughlin
Return to Forever... view all notes
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
el Renacimiento
un período en la historia cultural de Europa que tuvo lugar en los siglos XV y XVI
a continuación de la Edad Media
las explicaciones de la vida y el mundo basadas en la religión, comenzaron a ser sustituidas por otras basadas en la razón y en la ciencia
los seres humanos comenzaron a creer más en sus propias capacidades... view all notes
Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617)
Dibujante, grabador y pintor holandés considerado el mejor grabador de los Países Bajos del Manierismo nórdico y es reconocido por su técnica sofisticada y la exuberancia de sus composiciones
  • inventó muchas imágenes para que otros las copiaran
  • nació en la municipalidad de Brüggen en Renania del Norte-Westfalia
  • su familia se mudó a Duisburgo cuando tenía tres años de edad
  • siendo niño, sufrió quemaduras en un incendio y su mano derecha le quedó lisiada, con los dedos encorvados, pero curiosamente, esta lesión le permitiría agarrar con más facilidad el buril
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
La Virgen de la humildad
Fra Angélico
un pintor florentino de la primera mitad del siglo XV
trabajó en Roma para los papas
uno de los principales pintores de los principios del Renacimiento italiano... view all notes
Fra Angelico (1390-1455)
Pintor cuatrocentista italiano que supo combinar la vida de fraile dominico con la de pintor consumado, uno de los principales pintores de los principios del Renacimiento italiano
  • fue llamado Angélico por su temática religiosa, la serenidad de sus obras y porque era un hombre de extraordinaria devoción
  • fue beatificado por Juan Pablo II en 1982 pasando a ser el "Beato Fra Angélico"
  • entre las obras importantes de sus comienzos se cuentan la Madonna de la estrella (c. 1428-1433, San Marcos, Florencia) y Cristo en la gloria rodeado de santos y de ángeles (National Gallery, Londres)
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
theatrical rock
sometimes referred to as glam rock
but glam rock only become popular in the UK
e.g. David Bowie
the U.S. really didn't have a glam movement as you did in the mid 1970s in the UK... view all notes
Monday, February 16, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
what is a moon?
a planet is an object that orbits a star
a moon is an object that orbits a planet
some moons are shaped like asteroids
can be a quite small... view all notes
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
how the world's economic system became what it is today
the history of the 70s and 80s were like a global election
choosing among different sets of ideas
how to solve problems of systemic crisis that seemed evident in the 70s
which parts of the world would be the "swing states" in this global election?... view all notes
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
1960s authenticity trend in rock music
when you write a song, the lyrics should be about something important and serious-minded
it shouldn't just be about I want to hold your hand, and she loves you yeah, yeah, yeah
Dylan lead the charge in that direction
came from the folk tradition... view all notes
Friday, February 20, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Sandro Botticelli
un florentino de la segunda mitad del siglo XV
muy conocido ya en su época
para los Medici, una importante familia de mecenas... view all notes
Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)
Un pintor cuatrocentista italiano, su obra se ha considerado representativa de la gracia lineal de la pintura del primer Renacimiento
  • El nacimiento de Venus y La primavera son dos de las obras maestras florentinas más conocidas
  • en 1481, el Papa Sixto IV llamó a toda una serie de artistas prominentes florentinos y umbríos, entre ellos a Botticelli, para que pintasen frescos en las paredes de la Capilla Sixtina
  • se dice que cayó en la pobreza, y que habría muerto de hambre si no hubiera sido por la diligente ayuda de sus antiguos patrones
  • realizó entre 150 y 180 obras, pinta numerosas obras religiosas, así como grandes composiciones profanas, mitológicas
  • el principal museo que contiene obras de este artista es la Galería de los Uffizi de Florencia
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
in 1767 a man named George Washington wrote a letter to William Crawford
"any person who neglects the present opportunity of hunting out good lands and in some measure marking them for his own, in order to keep others from settling them, will never regain it"
capturing the mood of an era we might call The First Great Land Rush
people from around the world were turning frontiers into assets
could be compared to the spread of the mulberry and rice frontier in China... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
le paradoxe
les vérités apparemment contraires se retrouvent pour définir une même type de réalité
il y a une complémentarité entre ces vérités contraires
des paradoxes de la complexité
pour êtres autonomes... view all notes
Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771-1802)
Un médecin et anatomo-pathologiste français, qui fait d'immenses recherches anatomiques et publie des ouvrages marquants, notamment Anatomie descriptive pour lequel il a disséqué près de 600 cadavres
  • il a défini la vie comme l'ensemble des fonctions qui luttent contre la mort
  • il est nommé médecin de l'Hôtel-Dieu, à peine âgé de 29 ans
  • il meurt d'une méningite tuberculeuse (1802) à l'âge de 30 ans
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
Adam Smith called those worlds that Europe was occupying "wastelands"
their potential was latent
to turn them into productive assets it would take:
settlement... view all notes
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