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.

December 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 12 college lectures:
Learned about 2 people:
Corrected 8 misspelling:
incumbant, harkening, millenia, invisioning, pallette, meagre, escavating, focusses
Recorded 103 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • Acting in such a way that (FRENCH)
  • Again this time (FRENCH)
  • Do not perform actions (FRENCH)
  • Everything must be connected (FRENCH)
  • I'll let you think about it (FRENCH)
  • It is better to live (FRENCH)
  • It's a narrative that takes us to (FRENCH)
  • Not at the buildings level (FRENCH)
  • Nothing to do with (FRENCH)
  • One could have imagined that (FRENCH)
  • The ancient pagans (FRENCH)
  • The image could be removed (FRENCH)
  • The other way (FRENCH)
  • The posters (FRENCH)
  • The theatrical performances (FRENCH)
  • They didn't have to subject themselves to circumcism (FRENCH)
  • This fact must have played a role (FRENCH)
  • We will see that (FRENCH)
  • Whatever the variety of situations (FRENCH)
  • Which is called (FRENCH)
  • a duty (FRENCH)
  • a requirement (FRENCH)
  • all the buildings (FRENCH)
  • all the different streams are separated (FRENCH)
  • and then becomes (FRENCH)
  • and we realize that (FRENCH)
  • as (FRENCH)
  • as a human being (FRENCH)
  • as it was formerly called (FRENCH)
  • as people (FRENCH)
  • attract the flow of tourists (FRENCH)
  • bishop (FRENCH)
  • both on the Christian side and on the Jewish side (FRENCH)
  • by making a nice sales pitch (FRENCH)
  • can be stated (FRENCH)
  • cautionary statements (FRENCH)
  • commonly (FRENCH)
  • develops the system (FRENCH)
  • even more striking (FRENCH)
  • food bans (FRENCH)
  • for this purpose (FRENCH)
  • great lord (FRENCH)
  • harm (FRENCH)
  • he comes to announce to the public (FRENCH)
  • how they are developed (FRENCH)
  • in relation to what I am individually (FRENCH)
  • in so far as it is human will (FRENCH)
  • in the aftermath of the death of Jesus (FRENCH)
  • it draws an image (FRENCH)
  • it will be necessary (FRENCH)
  • leads to actions (FRENCH)
  • leads to the acts (FRENCH)
  • more striking (FRENCH)
  • natural inclinations (FRENCH)
  • one can distribute (FRENCH)
  • one fills up (FRENCH)
  • pedestrians should pass (FRENCH)
  • prohibit (FRENCH)
  • relatively easy (FRENCH)
  • relatively easy (FRENCH)
  • report in this respect an event (FRENCH)
  • reported to others (FRENCH)
  • requirements (FRENCH)
  • retired (FRENCH)
  • rub shoulders with scooters (FRENCH)
  • seems to have played a particular role (FRENCH)
  • something compelling (FRENCH)
  • sometimes (FRENCH)
  • sometimes (FRENCH)
  • starving horses (FRENCH)
  • such that it could include (FRENCH)
  • that he went to Damas (FRENCH)
  • that is what Singapore has done (FRENCH)
  • that you may want (FRENCH)
  • the figure claimed by Christians (FRENCH)
  • the goal is to attract people from the outside (FRENCH)
  • the required means (FRENCH)
  • the same gauge (FRENCH)
  • their small marquee (FRENCH)
  • there are two layers (FRENCH)
  • to be careful (FRENCH)
  • to come with us (FRENCH)
  • to go elsewhere (FRENCH)
  • to impose on the converts of the pagan world (FRENCH)
  • to manage my job (FRENCH)
  • toll motorway (FRENCH)
  • too many commitments (FRENCH)
  • transshipments (FRENCH)
  • umbrella (FRENCH)
  • unsafe (FRENCH)
  • we had to pass on the road to be able to cross (FRENCH)
  • we realize that (FRENCH)
  • we will urbanize (FRENCH)
  • were composed between the years 80 and 90 (FRENCH)
  • were upgraded (FRENCH)
  • what was set up for pedestrians (FRENCH)
  • which criss-cross villages (FRENCH)
  • which occur exactly in the same place (FRENCH)
  • which was intended (FRENCH)
  • which would have occurred (FRENCH)
  • who had just died (FRENCH)
  • wrong (FRENCH)
  • you have here markings for the blind (FRENCH)
Friday, December 2, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
late 19th century reform and adaptation
many projects to create new nations
sometimes creating new nations out of old empires
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
KARL DER GROßE - PATER EUROPAE, Universität Würzburg
das Verkehrs- und Kommunikationsnetz, Rechtswesen, Zivilverwaltung, und Baukunst standen bei den Römern weit über die Leistungen der Franken
andere Reiche zu der Zeit
Das Byzantinische Reich (395-1453)
entstand in der Spätantike nach der sogenannten Reichsteilung von 395 aus der östlichen Hälfte des Römischen Reichs
Abbasidisches Kalifat (750-1258)... view all notes
Heinrich Friedrich Karl vom und zum Stein (1757-1831)
A Prussian statesman who introduced the Prussian reforms that paved the way for the unification of Germany, promoting the establishment of a modern municipal system and the abolition of serfdom
  • was born on the family estate near Nassau, studied at Göttingen
  • Prussian conservatism hampered him in his efforts to bring about changes
  • when it became known that he had written a letter in which he criticized Napoleon, Stein was obliged to resign
  • retired to the Austrian Empire, from which he was summoned to the Russian Empire by Tsar Alexander I in 1812
  • after the Battle of Leipzig in 1813, Stein became head of the council for the administration of the re-conquered German countries
  • his admiration for Frederick the Great, together with his distaste for the pettiness of the legal procedure at Wetzlar, impelled him in 1780 to procede to Berlin and take service under the Prussian monarch
  • Stein's early training, together with the sternly practical bent of his own nature, made him impervious to the enthusiasm that the French Revolution had aroused in many minds in Germany
  • in 1808, Stein issued a measure for municipal reform which granted local self-government on enlightened yet practical lines to all Prussian towns and even to all villages possessing more than 800 inhabitants
  • His chief interest was in the study of history, and from 1818 to 1820, he worked hard to establish the society for the encouragement of historical research and the publication of the Monumenta Germaniae historica
  • "My view of the world and of human affairs I gathered as a boy and youth, in the solitude of a country life, from ancient and modern history, and in particular I was attracted by the incidents of the eventful history of England."
Monday, December 5, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
l'éthique se constitue à partir d'une exigence de la raison pratique
l'exigence qui se révèle dans la volonté
il y a quelque chose d'impérieux au coeur de la raison
en tant qu'elle est volonté humaine
d'impératif de la raison pratique... view all notes
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
rap was originally a live experience only
you had to be there to experienced how it happened
if you are going to make money in the music business, you have to cross over to white audiences
that's where the money was
that's where the disposable income was... view all notes
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
ces pièces de théâtre
qu'on va appeler classiques
ou celles qu'on va appeler plus tard baroques
les tragédies et les tragi-comédies
sont représentées par différentes troupes de comédiens qu'on peut répartir en trois grandes catégories... view all notes
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
INTELLECTUAL HUMILITY, The University of Edinburgh
when people are faced with difficult questions
they prone to dismiss and marginalize dissent
politics is polarizing
in some parts of the world extremely dangerous
whether it is... view all notes
Friday, December 16, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Laozi has the most literal sense of wu-wei
in the sense of non-action, or do nothing
he wants to
shut down activity
shut down the trying the society has encouraged us to do... view all notes
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
VILLES AFRICAINES: LA PLANIFICATION URBAINE, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
piétons ou voitures
aux Émirats Arabes Unis
on favorise la voiture
en Asie du Sud-Est
à Singapour et Kuala Lumpur... view all notes
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
Charity and Sensibility
Gainsborough painted this painting towards the end of his career
one of several pictures on this theme
how the representation of the rural poor and the theme of charity became part of the civic culture of the 18th century
many of Gainsborough's works include references to labor and the working class... view all notes
Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)
A French artist and sculptor, and animalière (painter of animals) known for her artistic realism
  • her most well-known painting is Labourage nivernais, first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1848, and now at Musée d’Orsay in Paris
  • another famous painting is Le marché aux chevaux which was exhibited at the Salon of 1853 and is now in the New York Metropolitan Museum
  • Rosa Bonheur was claimed to be the the most famous woman painter of her time, perhaps of all time
  • Paulhan criticized her Labourage nivernais, arguing that good art simplifies, and that it was spoiled with the execution of the clods of earth
  • according to Bonheur, these clods were painted in a heartwarming way, but according to Paulhan, she did not create, but merely reproduced, providing too much insignificant detail, and weakened nature by reproducing it
  • Paul Cézanne was also unimpressed, commenting that it is horribly like the real thing
Friday, December 23, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
la première communauté chrétienne
après la mort de Jésus et comment elle s'est progressivement séparée du judaïsme
seconstitue d'abord à Jérusalem
au lendemain de la mort de Jésus, au début des années 30
déploie une activité missionnaire importante... view all notes
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
we know it when we see it, but it can be difficult to define
three definitions
1. "any device which first arrests the attention of the passer-by and then induces him to accept a mutually advantageous exchange"
James Laver, art historian, late 19th century... view all notes
Friday, December 30, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
how does the Bible deal with the topic of dying for the state?
the First Book of Maccabees
the two Books of Maccabees contain independent accounts of events that accompanied the attempted suppression of Judaism in Palestine in the second century B.C.
first Maccabees was written about 100 B.C. in Hebrew, but the original has not come down to us. Instead, we have an early, pre-Christian, Greek translation full of Hebrew idioms... view all notes
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