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.

March 2015 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 16 college lectures:
Learned 3 vocabulary words:
Learned about 5 people:
Corrected 9 misspelling:
tyrrany, subsistance, emnity, phycisist, assistent, emancipitory, travelling, psychodelic, forcasts
Recorded 72 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • And all this in a sustainable way
  • I did what many people would ahve done
  • I wanted to succeed in the business
  • It also owes to the fact that
  • Well it turns out that it's been ten years since
  • a lever
  • a significant growth
  • are very constrained by fiscal constraints
  • central purchasing
  • from top business schools
  • in addition to
  • in relation to
  • is very similar to
  • it's then that we realize that we
  • make things happen
  • profession
  • profitable
  • that is expected at the start
  • that some would call
  • the commercial economic sector
  • the substantive issue is the desire to change things where we are
  • thousands
  • a paradigm of how tyranny works
  • who painted picture of Solon visiting Croesus
  • This is a fairly empirical observation (FRENCH)
  • at the state level (FRENCH)
  • extensive (FRENCH)
  • fairly successful (FRENCH)
  • heterogeneous (FRENCH)
  • in terms of (FRENCH)
  • let's go back briefly to the question (FRENCH)
  • mechanisms that ensure compliance (FRENCH)
  • that are not found in most other constitutions (FRENCH)
  • which are dedicated to protecting (FRENCH)
  • which are endowed (FRENCH)
  • Although in this case (SPANISH)
  • And interesting paradox (SPANISH)
  • And yet (SPANISH)
  • Behind her we see (SPANISH)
  • Finally, an idea that (SPANISH)
  • His departure caused (SPANISH)
  • In this scene we see (SPANISH)
  • It's worth traveling to Mantua to see it (SPANISH)
  • Look at the piece of cloth that the angel is holding (SPANISH)
  • The beautiful landscape (SPANISH)
  • The light of dawn (SPANISH)
  • This reminds us that (SPANISH)
  • This simple idea reminds us that (SPANISH)
  • We will focus solely on the roof (SPANISH)
  • What this picture intended (SPANISH)
  • a display of his skill as a painter (SPANISH)
  • a painting that only measures 65 centimeters (SPANISH)
  • are protected behind a balustrade (SPANISH)
  • careful description of the nature (SPANISH)
  • gives them (SPANISH)
  • he gets us to focus all our attention on that which (SPANISH)
  • he himself studied Roman ruins (SPANISH)
  • if they were not, they would fall on us (SPANISH)
  • one of the children is holding an apple (SPANISH)
  • our eyes or at least mine (SPANISH)
  • painting greatly enriches our lives (SPANISH)
  • struggled to paint (SPANISH)
  • thanks to the efforts (SPANISH)
  • the best example of ethusiasm (SPANISH)
  • the painter accomplishes two things (SPANISH)
  • the roof and walls (SPANISH)
  • the sword she is holding (SPANISH)
  • there is something important happening here (SPANISH)
  • they seem a little forced (SPANISH)
  • to end her own life (SPANISH)
  • was praised (SPANISH)
  • we are still in an early stage (SPANISH)
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Andrea Mantegna
pintor que trabajó en la segunda mitad del siglo XV
su arte nos ofrece la mejor muestra del entusiasmo que existía en la época por la Historia y por el Arte de la antigua Roma... view all notes
ocolus, n. a circular opening in the centre of a dome or in a wall  "This particular painting of Mantegna's presents an oculus that illusionistically opens into a blue sky, with foreshortened putti playfully frolicking around a balustrade."
Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506)
Un pintor que trabajó en la segunda mitad del siglo XV, fundamentalmente en las ciudades de Padua y Mantua, en el norte de Italia
  • su arte nos ofrece la mejor muestra del entusiasmo que existía en la época por la Historia y por el Arte de la antigua Roma
  • uno de los pintores más rigurosos de todo el Renacimiento en su fidelidad a los textos y las obras de arte de la Antigüedad
  • él mismo estudió las ruinas romanas que se conservaban
  • pintaba algunos cuadros que en un solo color, por ejemplo en la pintura Dido una mezcla de naranja y amarillo
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
junto con Italia, la región de Europa que lideraba la producción de pintura en el siglo quinze, coincidía approximadamente con la actual Bélgica
algunos de los mejores pintores europeas del momento trabajaron allí
Jan Van Eyck
Rogier Van der Weyden... view all notes
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE ANCIENT GREEKS, Wesleyan University
circumstances that make a state ripe for a tyranny
entrenched, old elite who control:
1. most of the good land
2. political and legal processes
this was the situation in Corinth with Cypselus [KIP-sel-us] and his son Periander... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the results of pressures on empires intensified the stakes of global competition
heightened the cycle of mercantilist wars
resulted in a cascade of revolutions of many sorts
the globalization of empires across the world meant the globalization of warfare
everywhere in the contested zones... view all notes
eupatrid, n. [yoo-PAT-rid] member of the nobility of ancient Athens, it is likely that public office before 594 BC was in practice confined to the eupatridae and that they had a political monopoly comparable to that of other Greek aristocracies in the Archaic period, Solon's reforms, by establishing property qualifications for office, limited their power, which disappeared entirely after 580  "In Athens, we see the domination of clans who called themselves the Eupatrids."
Gerhard von Honthorst (1592-1656)
Dutch Golden Age painter who early in his career visited Rome (1616) where he had great success painting in a style influenced by Caravaggio
  • he was one of four artists from Utrecht who went to Rome at around this time, the others being Dirk van Baburen, Hendrick ter Bruggen, and Jan van Bijlert
  • in Rome, he painted "Christ Before the High Priest" in 1617
  • he became especially noted for his depiction of artificially lit scenes, receiving the nickname "Gherardo delle Notti," or "Gerard of the night"
  • following his return to the Netherlands he became a leading portrait painter
  • 1624, painted "Solon in front of Croesus"
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
1800 is good place to start talking about physics
but the term "physicist" was not coined until about 1840
before that people who worked in physics might be called natural philosophers
1800 there was a split based on what "natural philosophers" worked on
organic matter... view all notes
Thomas Young (1773-1829)
An English polymath who established the wave theory of light, overcoming the century-old view, expressed in the Isaac Newton's "Optics", that light is a particle
  • "The experiments I am about to relate may be repeated with great ease, whenever the sun shines, and without any other apparatus than is at hand to every one."
  • made notable scientific contributions to the fields of vision, light, solid mechanics, energy, physiology, language, musical harmony, and Egyptology
  • he made a number of original and insightful innovations on the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs (specifically the Rosetta Stone) before Jean-François Champollion eventually expanded on his work
  • he was the eldest of ten children in a Quaker family
  • by the age of fourteen Young had learned Greek and Latin and was acquainted with French, Italian, Hebrew, German, Aramaic, Syriac, Samaritan, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Amharic
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
how to live together peacefully in a diverse society
an issue that vexes societies around the world
how can people with different beliefs, backgrounds, looks, and ideas live together with as little conflict as possible
immigration is as old as humanity itself
100,000 years ago: the march out of Africa for homo sapien sapiens... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
The Red Lion Theatre, 1567
first theater in London
Elizabethan playhouse located in Whitechapel just outside the City of London
owners decided to build a new theater called "The Theater"
The Theater, 1576... view all notes
scatological, adj. of language or literature, dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions  "In 16th century England, traveling actors used makeshift stages such as the courtyard of an inn or a pub, a scaffold, or a back of a wagon to perform popular often sub-literate pieces which often brought together drama, song, dance, and scatological humor."
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
someone in your family does something ethically wrong, what do you do?
A) you act according to the rule "family is family and friends stick with friends", so you support them in their time of trouble
B) you act according to the rule "wrong is wrong, and I can't defend someone who is wrong"
C) I need more information to answer this question... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
a war is fought by soldiers
young soldiers
when people went off to the Civil War, they often sat for photographs, daguerreotypes
gave it to their families or loved ones
probably three million people fought in the Civil War at one time or another... view all notes
Friday, March 27, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
la question des sources nationales des droits fondamentaux et des droits de l'homme
sur le plan étatique
ce développement très différencié, très hétéroclite
il y a une grande disparité entre les systèmes nationaux de protection des droits de l'homme
aussi bien pour les mécanismes qui visent à assurer leur respect... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the discovery of galaxies
before we began studying the universe in a scientific sense, we learned about galaxies which are its constituents
but first people didn't know what they were
they were just smudges in the sky, called "nebulae"
first cataloged by Charles Messier... view all notes
Charles Messier (1730-1817)
French astronomer notable for publishing an astronomical catalog consisting of nebulae and star clusters
  • Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets, so he compiled a list of these objects in collaboration with his assistant Pierre Méchain in order to avoid wasting time on them
  • these 100 objects came to be known as the "Messier objects"
Vesto Slipher (1875-1969)
American astronomer who performed the first measurements of radial velocities for galaxies, providing the empirical basis for the expansion of the universe
  • used spectroscopy to investigate the rotation periods of planets and the composition of planetary atmospheres
  • in 1912, he was the first to observe the shift of spectral lines of galaxies, making him the discoverer of galactic redshifts
  • in 1914, he made the first discovery of the rotation of spiral galaxies
  • in 1929, he discovered the sodium layer, a layer within the Earth's mesosphere of unbound, non-ionized atoms of sodium
  • was responsible for hiring Clyde Tombaugh and supervised the work that led to the discovery of Pluto in 1930
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
British/Irish singer-songwriters
Van Morrison
in group "Them"
had the hit "Gloria"... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
suppose a city decides to make a laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol
would this be constitutional?
suppose Christians want to celebrate communion or Jews who want to observe Passover with wine
under this law they could not
the free exercise clause... view all notes
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
André Dupont, dirigeant de Vitamines T
l'entrepreneuriat social
consiste à créer une activité économique viable pour répondre aux besoins sociaux et environnementaux
c'est un mouvement de fond mondial qui participe au renouvellement des modèles économiques dominants qui ont montré leurs limites
économie de marché financiarisée ou bien prédominance de l'Etat... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
human language is about diversity
but many things are similar
basic questions of human languages and linguistics
what is language?
do animals have language?... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
today only a fraction of the potentiality of biological engineering, cyborg engineering and the engineering of non-organic life has been realized
yet we are already dealing with the social, political and ethical issues of these changes
lawyers and judges need to rethink issues of privacy and identity
governments need to rethink issues of healthcare and equality
educational institutions need to rethink what fair play and achievement means... view all notes
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