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.

October 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 14 college lectures:
Learned 5 vocabulary words:
Learned about 1 person:
Corrected 8 misspelling:
harken, Phillipinnes, Yangzee, annerexic, frivolties, wantoness, primative, repentence
Recorded 60 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • It survived
  • Its headquarters
  • Some are also frightened by the size of the country
  • The later had revived
  • We notice that
  • by the rejection
  • deepened
  • factors of production
  • has widened and deepened
  • his ancestor
  • in the context of
  • it also raises concerns
  • mostly
  • of coal and steel
  • one can count
  • one of the achievements that the Europeans are most attached to
  • started on the way
  • that brings the countries together
  • the landscape
  • the most thorough
  • they had to submit to a shared monitoring
  • to the point that its survival was endangered
  • which combine
  • which has recovered well
  • which has widened and deepened over time
  • which would have set ambitious policy objectives
  • within it
  • Age of Enlightenment (FRENCH)
  • However (FRENCH)
  • It is important to note (FRENCH)
  • Not that there would be no reality without us (FRENCH)
  • The idea that underlies political rights (FRENCH)
  • This book is about the possibilities of knowledge (FRENCH)
  • This is due to obvious political reasons (FRENCH)
  • We can say in this sense that (FRENCH)
  • acting on the latter (FRENCH)
  • against arbitrary interference by the state (FRENCH)
  • and because of this (FRENCH)
  • as a citizen (FRENCH)
  • both the faithful and the agnostic (FRENCH)
  • caught in the chain (FRENCH)
  • date back to the 18th century (FRENCH)
  • how much it emphasizes deep attention (FRENCH)
  • if I am acted on by these forces (FRENCH)
  • it aims to establish (FRENCH)
  • much altered (FRENCH)
  • several aspects of political rights (FRENCH)
  • so much (FRENCH)
  • that are a function of what we are (FRENCH)
  • the idea of liberty which underlies them (FRENCH)
  • the right to stay away (FRENCH)
  • the shaping of this material (FRENCH)
  • there are many components (FRENCH)
  • there would be no world for us (FRENCH)
  • thunderclap (FRENCH)
  • to break the free will (FRENCH)
  • to obtain confessions (FRENCH)
  • to strive to work (FRENCH)
  • under the shaping (FRENCH)
  • watertight (FRENCH)
Monday, October 3, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
heavy metal hits the big time
bands from the first half of the 80s had decent success
Van Halen
but there wasn't really a move toward heavy metal yet... view all notes
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
heavy metal bands that captured the spirit of the progressive rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s
took heavy metal seriously
wanted to do something with a sense of seriousness of purpose
not the dandyism of the L.A. Hair Bands
or the kind of radio-friendly, hook-oriented bands such as Guns-n-Roses, Van Halen, or Bon Jovi... view all notes
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
there was expansion not only in Europe and the Americas, but in East Asia as well
1868 Meiji [MAY-gee] Restoration
a chain of events that restored practical imperial rule to Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji
powerful army trained by Prussian officers
powerful navy modeled on British expertise... view all notes
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804)
philosophe du XVIIIe siècle
il étaite à l'origine d'une profonde révolution en philosophie
il était un air infiniment sérieux
il avait une attention profonde... view all notes
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
die Subjektivität des Betrachtes
beim Blick auf die Vergangenheit, bleibt auch der Historiker ein Teil seiner Gegenwart
er ist vorgeprägt durch seine Erfahrungen, Ausbildung, Interessen und seine historischen und politischen Gegebenheiten seiner Zeit
es gibt einen markanten und unauflöslichen Unterschied zwischen
1. der objektiv abgelaufenen Geschichte... view all notes
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the comic book first arose in America in the mid-1930s
the demand for a new form of entertainment
in small towns, we were becoming aware that we were apart of something larger than just a small town
all of America was facing economic depression
country was facing the threat of war in Europe... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
les droits dits civils et politiques
les droits de la première génération,
remontent au 18ème siècle
incarnent la valeur de la liberté
expriment d'un point de vue idéologique la doctrine du libéralisme... view all notes
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Laozi: "He who speaks does not know"
famous saying from the Daodejing
very easy to make satire of, since it contradicts itself
but it maps to the suspicion of language, since language can
cut us off from our experience... view all notes
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
the Ligonier paintings
Edward, Second Viscount Ligonier
Penelope, Viscountess Ligonier
both portraits painted in 1771
located at The Huntington Art Collections in California... view all notes
ingratiating, adj. intended to gain approval or favor  "The horse is made to take on some of the characteristics of femininity, even ingratiating femininity."
abstemiousness, n. [ab-STEEM-ee-us-ness] the quality of being temperate or sparing in the use of food and strong drinks  "Two sides of the 19th century culture of sensibility's orientation toward reform were (1) the liberation of women from their internalized and brutally enforced limitation, and (2) reformation of the character of men, and both stemmed in part from the reformist impulses of women who sought to change manners from the vice, profanity, and wantonness in the dueling culture of the masculine sphere, to a way of life that celebrated virtue, abstemiousness, piousness, charity, homeliness, and an appreciation of the arts, and while these values were generally considered to be feminine, the fundamental intention was to reshape men, although each sex was to be softened and sensitized."
Monday, October 24, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THEATER AND GLOBALIZATION, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
the relation between theater, globalization, and mobility
mobility is understood in two ways
1. migration
people relocated to different parts of the globe in the 19th and 20th centuries
their theatrical cultures followed them... view all notes
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
origin of vertebrates
525 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion
saw the rise in organism diversity
humans, other mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish are all part of a large clade of animals called the vertebrata, or vertebrates
vertebrates are part of a larger clade called the Chordata... view all notes
clade, n. From the Greek κλάδος ("branch"), a group of organisms that consists of a common ancestor and all its lineal descendants. Clades are nested, one in another, as each branch in turn splits into smaller branches. These splits reflect evolutionary history as populations diverged and evolved independently.  "Humans, other mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish are all part of a large clade of animals called the vertebrata, or vertebrates."
homology, n. From the Greek ὁμός ("same") and λόγος ("relation"), the existence of shared ancestry between a pair of structures, or genes, in different taxa, a shared ancestory between two or more different features or traits in different organisms.  ""A common example of homologous structures in evolutionary biology are the wings of bats and the arms of primates.""
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
how to prepare for the restoration
John the Baptist insists that Israel prepare itself to meet the Messiah
if John proclaimed a baptism of repentance, and if Jesus consents to the proclamation of John, then we come to the conclusion that Jesus must have thought of himself as in need of forgiveness for his own sins
this conflicts with the church's claim that Jesus as the Son of God is sinless
the question becomes why Jesus is participating in this repentance that John the Baptist is proclaiming... view all notes
peccadillo, n. [pek-ah-DILL-oh] a relatively minor fault or sin  "Confession of sin in ancient Israel did not mean an unraveling of a lengthy laundry-list of personal peccadilloes, but rather, confession of sin often meant recalling God's gracious deeds for an ungrateful Israel, a humble admission that one was a member of this sinful people, a recounting of the infidelities and apostasies of Israel from early on down to one's own day, and a final resolve to change and be different from one's ancestors."
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
KARL DER GROßE - PATER EUROPAE, Universität Würzburg
Expansionspolitik: Sachsen und Awaren
hier hatte Karl mit den heidnischen Gegnern an der Grenze des Reiches zu tun
bei der Motiven mischen sich Expansions- und Missionsgedanken
der Sachsenkrieg
begann Karl früh... view all notes
Alkuin (735-804)
Ein frühmittelalterlicher Gelehrter und wichtigster Berater Karls des Großen
  • war Schüler der weit über die britischen Inseln hinaus anerkannten Domschule in York und später deren Leiter
  • im Jahre 781 traf er Karl den Großen in Parma und akzeptierte dessen Einladung, zu ihm an die Hofschule nach Aachen zu kommen, deren Leitung er ab 782 übernahm, wodurch er großen Einfluss auf die Elite des Frankenreichs ausübte
  • obwohl er als größter Gelehrter seiner Zeit galt, konnte er sich mit seinen Vorstellungen nicht immer durchsetzen
  • er wandte sich vergeblich gegen die Gewaltanwendung bei der Missionierung der Sachsen
  • er sah in Karl den Großen den Verteidiger der Kirche und Herrscher über ein christliches Universalreich
  • er gilt als einer der Begründer der Karolingischen Renaissance
  • ist mitverantwortlich für die Verbreitung der karolingischen Minuskel, einer aus Kleinbuchstaben bestehenden Schrift
  • sein Schaffen war von umfassender Leistung auf allen Gebieten der frühmittelalterlichen Wissenschaft geprägt
  • weiterhin erhalten sind Gedichte, Predigten, historiographische, biographische, theologische Werke sowie Abhandlungen über Rhetorik, Dialektik und Astronomie
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
le continent européen est le plus riche en organisations internationales
créant des dynamiques entre territoires, frontières, circulation et organisation politique
l'Union européenne s'est élargie et approfondie au cours du temps
occupe aujourd'hui la place centrale au sein de cette multitude d'organisations européennes
après la Seconde Guerre mondiale... view all notes
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