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 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 20 college lectures:
Learned about 2 people:
Corrected 8 misspelling:
waring, anomolies, rivels, vengence, repentence, geneological, Sumarian, provacative
Recorded 240 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • main church in Florence
  • two other structures next to the main church in Florence
  • An example to illustrate this point (FRENCH)
  • And it comes back to the question (FRENCH)
  • And suddenly there is (FRENCH)
  • But essentially (FRENCH)
  • Does it make sense that (FRENCH)
  • Even more (FRENCH)
  • Everyone will agree that (FRENCH)
  • I do not make a value judgement (FRENCH)
  • I had better stay home (FRENCH)
  • It is in this case (FRENCH)
  • PR. de plus en plus (FRENCH)
  • PR. de processus participatif (FRENCH)
  • PR. je ne mets` pas de jugement de valeur (FRENCH)
  • PR. peuvent partir (FRENCH)
  • PR. posent un certain nombre (FRENCH)
  • PR. pour `gérer (FRENCH)
  • PR. versus` une démocratie (FRENCH)
  • So it has to go greater distances (FRENCH)
  • So let's talk about (FRENCH)
  • The issues can be addressed (FRENCH)
  • The more the city spreads (FRENCH)
  • The potential of speed (FRENCH)
  • This disturbs some people (FRENCH)
  • We have seen the issues, the challenges (FRENCH)
  • We will have to put them somewhere (FRENCH)
  • a likely European state (FRENCH)
  • a procedural aspect (FRENCH)
  • a sum of particular interests (FRENCH)
  • addiction (FRENCH)
  • against his will (FRENCH)
  • also carries a duty (FRENCH)
  • an independent investigation (FRENCH)
  • and perhaps especially at this stage (FRENCH)
  • are caused to move increasingly often (FRENCH)
  • are the only ones they could possibly occupy (FRENCH)
  • as one has said many times (FRENCH)
  • at the moment at which the right to die (FRENCH)
  • based on a fundamental oblivion (FRENCH)
  • be brought to harm others by laziness (FRENCH)
  • because one has on the other hand (FRENCH)
  • being sprawled on a sofa (FRENCH)
  • but the need to interpret (FRENCH)
  • call for answeres (FRENCH)
  • can disintegrate (FRENCH)
  • can undergo a change (FRENCH)
  • care of the self (FRENCH)
  • concrete cases in which they raise questions (FRENCH)
  • disintegrates (FRENCH)
  • do not intend to respond (FRENCH)
  • emphasize (FRENCH)
  • equal consideration to everyone (FRENCH)
  • even in its most everyday dimensions (FRENCH)
  • everyone does as he pleases (FRENCH)
  • everything else (FRENCH)
  • extensive (FRENCH)
  • for a tiny fraction (FRENCH)
  • four large challenges (FRENCH)
  • given and fixed once and for all (FRENCH)
  • harm to others (FRENCH)
  • harmless (FRENCH)
  • have practices that define a number of behaviors (FRENCH)
  • he had not done harm to others without consent (FRENCH)
  • he is willing (FRENCH)
  • how far does this care extend (FRENCH)
  • implementation (FRENCH)
  • in a landmark decision (FRENCH)
  • in all the cities (FRENCH)
  • in case of infringement (FRENCH)
  • in quotation marks (FRENCH)
  • in this regard (FRENCH)
  • inevitably (FRENCH)
  • is inseparable from the very sources of human rights (FRENCH)
  • it is the ball bearning (FRENCH)
  • it is to link prosperity (FRENCH)
  • it is well to say (FRENCH)
  • its corollary (FRENCH)
  • lack of exercise (FRENCH)
  • laziness or inertia (FRENCH)
  • led us to the affirmation (FRENCH)
  • must travel (FRENCH)
  • no one shall be subjected to torture (FRENCH)
  • non-nuisance to others (FRENCH)
  • on the airwaves (FRENCH)
  • one simply has to ask oneself (FRENCH)
  • one would have more (FRENCH)
  • painful or cruel treatment (FRENCH)
  • people only react with respect to their situation (FRENCH)
  • pr. en fait (FRENCH)
  • prohibition (FRENCH)
  • raises it (FRENCH)
  • reflects the fact that (FRENCH)
  • regarding the scope of the right to life (FRENCH)
  • regardless of the mode used (FRENCH)
  • rejects this argument (FRENCH)
  • requires to be aware (FRENCH)
  • should only concern (FRENCH)
  • since this subject will be studied later (FRENCH)
  • such as the termination of pregnancy (FRENCH)
  • takes on an absolute character (FRENCH)
  • that could harm others without consent (FRENCH)
  • that it adapts to any kind of (FRENCH)
  • that must be taken into account (FRENCH)
  • that of their implementation (FRENCH)
  • that one takes with respect to the others (FRENCH)
  • that we have implemented (FRENCH)
  • the attainment of land (FRENCH)
  • the control process (FRENCH)
  • the first challenge I mentioned earlier (FRENCH)
  • the implementation (FRENCH)
  • the issue of the right of land (FRENCH)
  • the overall expenditure (FRENCH)
  • the prohibition of torture (FRENCH)
  • the purpose of our meeting (FRENCH)
  • the question of land (FRENCH)
  • the relationships we weave (FRENCH)
  • the right to end one's life (FRENCH)
  • the scale (FRENCH)
  • the smallest of the plots (FRENCH)
  • the thousands (FRENCH)
  • the virtue of constancy (FRENCH)
  • the wheel (FRENCH)
  • there is little that (FRENCH)
  • thickness (FRENCH)
  • third track (FRENCH)
  • this is the main issue (FRENCH)
  • to awaken (FRENCH)
  • to eat (FRENCH)
  • to get everyone around the table (FRENCH)
  • to have in mind that (FRENCH)
  • to manage (FRENCH)
  • to request an opinion (FRENCH)
  • too highly overpriced (FRENCH)
  • urban sprawl (FRENCH)
  • was an advocate (FRENCH)
  • we must act on (FRENCH)
  • we must all refrain (FRENCH)
  • we will expand our ecological footprint (FRENCH)
  • what is technically called (FRENCH)
  • what role is allocated to all of its inhabitants (FRENCH)
  • what to do with the majority (FRENCH)
  • where sometimes people are under house arrest (FRENCH)
  • which a high yield (FRENCH)
  • which is called (FRENCH)
  • which moreover can change quite fundamentally (FRENCH)
  • which removes (FRENCH)
  • which represses (FRENCH)
  • which returns (FRENCH)
  • while (FRENCH)
  • while gorging (FRENCH)
  • whole streets (FRENCH)
  • whose initiator (FRENCH)
  • without involving or coercing another person (FRENCH)
  • About forty drawings by Raphael are known (SPANISH)
  • About three years after arriving in Florence (SPANISH)
  • Above the alter (SPANISH)
  • Despite the delicacy of the features (SPANISH)
  • In addition to contributing to the geometric order of the scene (SPANISH)
  • In front of this picture (SPANISH)
  • It is known by the Italian term (SPANISH)
  • Let's see what features are peculiar to it (SPANISH)
  • Notice that under the man's clothes (SPANISH)
  • On both sides of the alter (SPANISH)
  • On the sides (SPANISH)
  • Rafael had to hide it (SPANISH)
  • Rafael was summoned to Rome (SPANISH)
  • Shortly after arriving, he was commissioned to paint (SPANISH)
  • Some of his assistants (SPANISH)
  • The delicate features (SPANISH)
  • The different height (SPANISH)
  • The figures are slightly larger thanlife-size (SPANISH)
  • The use of light to smooth the contours (SPANISH)
  • These features reveal the influence (SPANISH)
  • This belief derives from the words (SPANISH)
  • This reminds us of the use of linear perspective (SPANISH)
  • This was a matter of great importance (SPANISH)
  • This way of writing (SPANISH)
  • To me come to mind words like (SPANISH)
  • Very few artists (SPANISH)
  • a Renaissance painter (SPANISH)
  • a higher world than ours (SPANISH)
  • a vertical axis (SPANISH)
  • a world without edges or fissures (SPANISH)
  • also from Leonardo (SPANISH)
  • and all that was to be included in the painting (SPANISH)
  • and at the top (SPANISH)
  • and yet it seems (SPANISH)
  • as we see here (SPANISH)
  • became important artists (SPANISH)
  • by a priest (SPANISH)
  • carefully calculated (SPANISH)
  • changed over time (SPANISH)
  • direct our eyes to it (SPANISH)
  • draftsman (SPANISH)
  • especially (SPANISH)
  • from behind God the Father (SPANISH)
  • geometric lucidity (SPANISH)
  • had drawn (SPANISH)
  • he much have made many more (SPANISH)
  • his anatomy can be seen (SPANISH)
  • in the section (SPANISH)
  • it came to mind (SPANISH)
  • it has become browner (SPANISH)
  • it was drawn with quills (SPANISH)
  • look at the way (SPANISH)
  • made in preparation for (SPANISH)
  • miraculously (SPANISH)
  • on the right (SPANISH)
  • only then would you know how the clothes would fall on it (SPANISH)
  • passing through circles behind Jesus (SPANISH)
  • quality of simplicity (SPANISH)
  • sitting on what seems to be a bank of clouds (SPANISH)
  • small drawings (SPANISH)
  • that belongs to another world (SPANISH)
  • that seems to look out over a door (SPANISH)
  • the Last Supper when he took he bread and said (SPANISH)
  • the Trinity (SPANISH)
  • the angular arrangement of a head is balanced with the other head (SPANISH)
  • the dove of the Holy Spirit (SPANISH)
  • the downward movement (SPANISH)
  • the garments of some of them (SPANISH)
  • the golden circles that decrease in size (SPANISH)
  • the paintings were made more spontaneously (SPANISH)
  • the roof is also painted (SPANISH)
  • the size of the circles (SPANISH)
  • the theme (SPANISH)
  • the two figures are physically powerful (SPANISH)
  • this is because Raphael (SPANISH)
  • tracing them or with some other method (SPANISH)
  • varied attitudes (SPANISH)
  • was twenty-two (SPANISH)
  • we saw something similar (SPANISH)
  • we see the dove of the Holy Spirit (SPANISH)
  • which are on either side (SPANISH)
  • which highlights the flight of the dove (SPANISH)
  • which means (SPANISH)
  • widely recognized (SPANISH)
  • with the task of studying (SPANISH)
  • worked for princes and popes (SPANISH)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
la vida y la carrera de Rafael (1483-1520) tienen mucho en común con las de Leonardo y Miguel Ángel
fue pintor y dibujante y arquitecto
trabajó para príncipes y papas como ellos
fue muy reconocido
Leonardo (1452-1519) y Miguel Ángel (1475-1564) influyeron sobre el arte de Rafael, que era más joven... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the outcome of the Assyrian conquest of the Levant
second half of the 8th century BCE
first half of the 7th century BCE
the essential background of the understanding of the history of Judah when it was conquered by the Babylonians
Tiglath-Pileser III (ruled 745-727 BCE)... view all notes
Giulio Romano (1499-1546)
Italian painter and architect, pupil of Raphael, his stylistic deviations from high Renaissance classicism help define the 16th-century style known as Mannerism
  • Mannerism encompasses a variety of approaches influenced by, and reacting to Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo
  • while High Renaissance explored harmonious ideals, Mannerism wanted to go a step further
  • favors compositional tension and instability rather than the balance and clarity of earlier Renaissance painting
  • Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor said of him: For the city of Mantua at various times he designed temples, chapels, houses, gardens, facades, and was so fond of decorating them that, by his industry, he rendered dry, healthy and pleasant places previously miry, full of stagnant water, and almost uninhabitable
Pietro Perugino (1446-1523)
Italian Renaissance painter of the Umbrian school who developed some of the qualities that found classic expression in the High Renaissance, his first pupil was Raphael
  • is nickname characterizes him as from Perugia, the chief city of Umbria
  • he was born Pietro Vannucci, the Vannucci being one of the richest families in the town
  • one of the earliest Italian practitioners of oil painting
  • was called to Rome by Sixtus IV to paint fresco panels for the Sistine Chapel walls
  • Raphael, who in boyhood, towards 1496, had been placed by his uncles under the tuition of Perugino
  • Perugino was a rival of Michelangelo and unsuccessfully sued Michaelangelo for belittling his character
  • in 1523 he died of the plague
Friday, March 4, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
on August 1, 1981, MTV launched its all-music, 24-hour cable TV
nobody had ever done anything quite like this before
an important moment in the history of rock music
as MTV develops, it changes the music landscape
the business of music... view all notes
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
as you look far away in the universe, you are looking into the past
International Space Station
only very recent that humans have developed technology to have a station outside the earth
floating above the Earth at an altitude of 375 kilometers
the diameter of the Earth is 12,000 kilometers... view all notes
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
born in New York City, October 11, 1884
her father was Eliot, Theodore Roosevelt's younger brother
her mother was Anna Hall
member of the distinguished Livingston family... view all notes
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
Marx and de Tocqueville argued a new world was coming into being
a new logic was at work
logic that had capabilities of spreading beyond Europe
beyond even the European colonies
had the ability to resolve some of the tensions around... view all notes
Friday, March 11, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the Analects is a composite text
has different layers to it
the last part of the book is late and has many anomalies
stylistically distinctive
has long narratives... view all notes
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
a city's skyline
tells something about the city's values and hierarchy
traditional European city
clear diagram of
what was ordinary... view all notes
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
le concept de protection internationale
le rôle et l'importance du rôle qui revient à ces procédures
le contrôle du respect des droits de l'homme
leur concrétisation dans leur mise en oeuvre
leur reconnaissance... view all notes
Friday, March 18, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
initiial audience of MTV
they determined at the beginning that their audience would be mostly middle-class, mid-western, white kids
they understood the demographic that was available to them
think of the movie Wayne's World (1992)
this gives you a good idea of what the early cable TV audience was... view all notes
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
kingship and law in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
environment, climate, and geography affect societal order
things that humans can't change
society order is usually seen as the law
but when no laws in place, it's... view all notes
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the module theory of the mind
various modules that can take control of the mind and body for at least awhile
if there are modules, this would help explain how the mind could operate effectively without there being a single unified self in control
there are a number of command modules and they take turns running the show
Douglas Kenrick... view all notes
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
through the stories we get of Joseph, we see his character transformed
Genesis 37: Joseph's dreams
arrogant individual
understood the role he was playing in his family as all about him and used it to the disadvantage of his brothers
created tension within his family... view all notes
Friday, March 25, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
le souci de soi est au coeur de l'éthique des vertus
l'importance du souci de soi tient au fait que mon humanité
il n'est pas donnée et figée une fois pour toutes
un caractère
techniquement un idiosyncrasie... view all notes
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
August 25th, 1914
three weeks after the Germans invaded Belgium
German troops set fire to the city of Leuven
destroyed the University Library
including collection of over 300,000 books and manuscripts dating back to Medieval times... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
notation has developed dramatically in the past 1000 years
half note = 72 Rhythmico
number refers to beats per minute
i.e. 72 half notes per minute or 114 quarter notes per minute, which is pretty fast
the tempo is very important and can be found on all standard metronomes in use since Beethoven's time... view all notes
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the concept that every object has parts that we can't see hidden behind parts that we can
but semi-sensation is not the only way that what we see goes beyond the senses
look at the duck-rabbit
make the reversal as many times as you can in five seconds... view all notes
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
VILLES AFRICAINES: LA PLANIFICATION URBAINE, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
l'enjeu principal des périphéries
c'est la majorité des nouveaux arrivants dans les villes qui vont s'installer dans cette périphérie
donc la pression sera
non pas sur les centres-villes
non pas sur la ville existante aujourd'hui... view all notes
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the Bible presents a nice and neat genealogical line extending from Abraham
Abraham's son is called Isaac
Isaac is the father of Jacob
Jacob undergoes a name change to Israel
Jacob/Israel is the father of twelve sons who represent the twelve tribes of the whole nation... view all notes
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
Michael Jackson and Madonna helped define
what MTV was going to be
how successful it could be as a force in the music business
a tool to bring artists to their audiences
both were very popular... view all notes
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