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.

November 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 15 college lectures:
Learned about 2 people:
Corrected 9 misspelling:
magnetisphere, drunkeness, disonance, descendents, virtuousity, meloncholy, pictoral, tatooed, crusified
Recorded 83 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • A crime to which nothing inspired him (FRENCH)
  • An aristocratic knowledge that led him to believe that (FRENCH)
  • Freely following my temperment (FRENCH)
  • I despised (FRENCH)
  • I feel the thirst of knowing everywhere (FRENCH)
  • It is involved in a crisis (FRENCH)
  • Kant was even led to make a strong admission that (FRENCH)
  • So he decided suddenly (FRENCH)
  • The employment rate (FRENCH)
  • The ethnographic approach (FRENCH)
  • The field survey (FRENCH)
  • The illusory superiority vanishes, I learn to honor men (FRENCH)
  • The mistrust of teh EU (FRENCH)
  • They doubt what (FRENCH)
  • This is not the case for Kant (FRENCH)
  • To be free, even from oneself (FRENCH)
  • Which means that the reason (FRENCH)
  • You will then understand that (FRENCH)
  • a crisis of mistrust (FRENCH)
  • a growing number of citizens (FRENCH)
  • a lever of growth (FRENCH)
  • account for the point of view (FRENCH)
  • as much (FRENCH)
  • attempting to migrate (FRENCH)
  • caught in the trap of wars (FRENCH)
  • caught up in wars (FRENCH)
  • continues and is reinforced (FRENCH)
  • difficult to realize that (FRENCH)
  • divided into three stages (FRENCH)
  • dogmatic sleep (FRENCH)
  • drew Kant away from a sort of aristocracy (FRENCH)
  • even the least learned (FRENCH)
  • fails to address the major challenges (FRENCH)
  • for decades (FRENCH)
  • fueled by the post-colonial sentiment (FRENCH)
  • gradual shift (FRENCH)
  • he had opposed Geneva (FRENCH)
  • in any investigation process (FRENCH)
  • increases (FRENCH)
  • is asked (FRENCH)
  • is doing just as much (FRENCH)
  • magic square (FRENCH)
  • morals (FRENCH)
  • more affected (FRENCH)
  • no one is wicked voluntarily (FRENCH)
  • not under the pressure of anything else (FRENCH)
  • or even fractures (FRENCH)
  • or pretend not to hear it (FRENCH)
  • otherwise (FRENCH)
  • requirement (FRENCH)
  • rubs (FRENCH)
  • seeking to seize power (FRENCH)
  • separate processes (FRENCH)
  • sexual enjoyment (FRENCH)
  • since the quarrels (FRENCH)
  • th adequacy (FRENCH)
  • the Scottish philosopher (FRENCH)
  • the approach (FRENCH)
  • the breakup of the union (FRENCH)
  • the challenge of the crisis of confidence (FRENCH)
  • the challenges (FRENCH)
  • the collection of data (FRENCH)
  • the concern (FRENCH)
  • the curves (FRENCH)
  • the good will always come from reason (FRENCH)
  • the issues (FRENCH)
  • the multifaceted crisis (FRENCH)
  • the notebooks (FRENCH)
  • the number of deaths (FRENCH)
  • the philosopher of Geneva origin (FRENCH)
  • the states fail to rebound (FRENCH)
  • their ordinary lives (FRENCH)
  • to fulfill the conditions (FRENCH)
  • to move (FRENCH)
  • unfortunately it feeds on the failure of European public policy (FRENCH)
  • unprecedented in history (FRENCH)
  • unprecedented proportions (FRENCH)
  • we all feel in ourselves a requirement (FRENCH)
  • welfare states (FRENCH)
  • where were invaded (FRENCH)
  • which hardens the external borders (FRENCH)
  • who opened my eyes (FRENCH)
  • you may be less surprised (FRENCH)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
end of the 19th century
humans were becoming national subjects
becoming Japanese
becoming Brazilian
becoming German... view all notes
Friday, November 4, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
as you get to Jupiter and beyond, you get to the frost line
bodies are icier than rocky
the moons of Jupiter and the moons further out tend to have more ice on their surfaces and interiors
how ice fractures is different than it fractures on earth
icy moons... view all notes
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
The Blue Boy
stands next to Thomas Lawrence's Pinkie
achieved a level of popularity rarely afforded to an academic painting
Pinkie and Blue Boy make an engaging pair
Jonathan Buttall was thought to be the model for the Blue Boy... view all notes
Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders
  • most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years
  • also painted biblical and mythological subjects
  • born to prosperous parents in Antwerp
  • at the age of fifteen he was already a highly accomplished artist
  • Rubens referred to the nineteen-year-old van Dyck as the best of my pupils
  • in 1620, van Dyck went to England for the first time where he worked for King James I of England
  • in 1621, he moved to Italy, where he remained for 6 years
  • since his accession in 1625, Charles I was trying to bring leading foreign painters to England
  • in 1632, van Dyck returned to London, and was taken under the wing of the court immediately, being knighted in July
  • was an immediate success in England, rapidly painting a large number of portraits of the King and Queen Henrietta Maria, as well as their children
  • in England he developed a version of his style which combined a relaxed elegance and ease with an understated authority in his subjects which was to dominate English portrait-painting to the end of the 18th century
Monday, November 7, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
in der Rekonstruktion der Vergangenheit ist die Geschichtswissenschaft abhängig von den Quellen
die Quellen sind das bevorzugte Bekenntnismedium
nur das Studium der Quellen in ihrer unmittelbaren Überlieferungsform oder in kritischen Editionen schafft einen methodischen Zugang durch nicht bereits subjektive Interpretationen
Quellenkenntnis ist unverzichtbar, um wissenschaftliche Kenntnisse zu gewinnen aber auch, um bereits bestehende Erkenntnisse kritisch zu hinterfragen und gegebenenfalls zu korrigieren
für die Wissenschaft ist es von entscheidener Bedeutung souverän methodisch reflektiert mit Quellen umzugehen... view all notes
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Igor Stravinsky lived almost 90 years (1882-1971)
wrote a large amount of music
although it changes over time, there is much we can say about what his music sounds like in general
1. appearance of melodies that sound like folk melodies but are different in kind than the folk melodies that we usually recognize in the Anglo-American tradition
characteristic of the Rite of Spring as well as the rest of his music... view all notes
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
la question de l'éclatement de l'Union européenne
un nombre grandissant de citoyens européens doutent que leur construction européenne, une construction inédite dans l'histoire, soit armée pour répondre à la crise protéiforme dans laquelle sont plongés leurs pays
il faut voir que la construction européenne est confrontée à une crise de défiance sans précédent
cette crise de défiance sans précédent se nourrit de la conjonction de deux crises
1. la crise économique et sociale que traverse l'Union européenne depuis 2008... view all notes
Monday, November 14, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
all modern and extinct great apes including gorillas, chimps, orangutans and humans
any species of early human that is more closely related to humans than chimpanzees, including modern humans themselves
Carol Ward... view all notes
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
hip hop culture in the 80s
1970s arises in New York's African American and Latino communities
remained a regional culture
you would have had to go to e.g. the Bronx to see it
it was the same thing with punk at CBGB or Max's Kansas City... view all notes
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Kant (1724-1804)
les êtres humains ne sont pas seulement des êtres théoriques
mais des êtres qui ont vocation à agir
agir dans un sens éthique
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)... view all notes
André Gide (1869-1951)
French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947, involved in the symbolist and anticolonialism movement between the two World Wars
  • known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works
  • exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation of the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straitlaced education and a narrow social moralism
  • his work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritanical constraints
  • his work centres on his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty
  • his texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one's sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one's values
Friday, November 18, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
polytheistic religions
recognize multiple divine beings
when we think of Japanese life, we think of Tokyo, skyscrapers, many people, luxurious European-inspired shops in the Ginza quarter
on the other hand, in Kyoto, the former Japanese capital, we encounter a different universe... view all notes
Monday, November 21, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
British 18 and 19-year-old men found themselves in a foreign land for the first time
German fathers found themselves in France which they had once visited as a student
they stood in trenches waiting for the shrill whistle that ordered them over the top
the saw little of the enemy
only the crash of artillery... view all notes
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DÉCOUVRIR L'ANTHROPOLOGIE, Université catholique de Louvain
la discipline anthropologique peut être découpée en trois étapes
processus distincts mais complémentaires de production de savoirs
1. l'ethnographie
"graphe" veut dire transcrire
produire des théories par la Imise en dialogue d'empiries singulières et localisées... view all notes
Friday, November 25, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the concept of reversion, or turning back
from the Daodejing
4th century BC
chapter 9... view all notes
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
what is meant by scholars when they say the historical Jesus?
what are the criteria that we use when we talk decide what is historical and what is not?
what do we mean when we talk about the real Nero or the real Caligula, or Reagan or Clinton
what we usually mean by the real person is a body of knowledge that approaches an extremely accurate record of every day of their life
obviously, ancient history is a different caliber for determining what is real in this sense... view all notes
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
historical background
after the Revolutionary War, it was necessary to create a new government
the Articles of Confederation were drafted among the states
were deeply distrustful of having a strong national government
they didn't want to give the national government any more power than necessary... view all notes
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