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.

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
PENSAMIENTO CIENTÍFICO, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
imaginemos una esfera que es mitad blanca y mitad negra
pero sólo podemos observarla desde una perspectiva
entonces de hecho no percibimos una esfera si no un círculo
si tratamos de averiguar de qué color es ese círculo
pues la respuesta dependerá desde la perspectiva desde la cual estemos observando... view all notes
Friday, November 9, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
en el siglo XVII Roma era la capital del arte europeo
muchos pintores viajaron a esa ciudad y algunos permanecieron allí de por vida
Nicolas Poussin y Claudio de Lorena
ambos forman parte de la larga tradición de artistas que se dedicaron a pintar imágenes idealizadas del mundo clásico
Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)... view all notes
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
RUSSIAN HISTORY: FROM LENIN TO PUTIN, University of California Santa Cruz
the character of the Russian state from its establishment to the pre-revolutionary time
the great dividing line is 1861
the liberation of the serfs
how did serfdom develop and what were the consequences of serfdom
serfdom is the essential social fact of Russian history... view all notes
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
in retrospect, we know that the powers being imagined in 1919 were doomed to failure
we have to resist the temptations to engage in the retrospective fallacy
to read history backward as if people should have known at the time that what they imagined as doomed
Wilson was an optimist
lessons could be learned from the First World War... view all notes
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
in Dupain's photographs of bathers, he shares interests with Cezanne's Bather
for his painting The Bather, Cezanne used photographs to explore how a body moves through space
it's a study of the placement of the body and its placement in the natural world
both returned often to the bather as the subject of their art
1937 The Sunbaker... view all notes
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
in 1918, Woodrow Wilson arrived in France to help put together a peace that would put an end to all wars
worried whether the Russian Revolution could spread
the victors discussed this peace in the shadow of disease and economic troubles
personal tragedy behind the scenes
Woodrow Wilson's daughter Margaret had gotten the influenza... view all notes
Friday, August 31, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
FAKE NEWS, FACTS, AND ALTERNATIVE FACTS, University of Michigan
editors play an important role in how news gets created
many of the other forms of news online and on television today, don't have the same level of editorial norms
e.g. on a blog or a non-traditional news site
might be based on a similar editorial process
but it very well may also simply be written by an unprofessional someone who simply has some particular opinion and wants to sway others' opinions with it... view all notes
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
disco at end of 1970s
the disco sucks movement
rock and rollers hated disco
it threatened many of the aspects of the hippy aesthetic
radio stations were changing formats... view all notes
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Guido Reni nació en 1575
forma parte de la primera generación de pintores que desarrollaron gran parte de su carrera en el siglo XVII
se formó en Bolonia
trabajó allí durante la mayor parte de su carrera
también pintó en Roma durante varios años... view all notes
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
POSTWAR ABSTRACT PAINTING, The Museum of Modern Art
title is Latin for heroic and sublime man
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Barnett Newman (1905-1970)
wrote about what an author and theorist could do in the postwar era
what an artist should do with abstraction is to plumb the void... view all notes
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
Paul Cezanne's The Bather (1885)
one of Cezanne's most arresting paintings
subtle tones of grey, blue and green
one of the hundreds of paintings Cezanne made around the subject of bathers and bathing
painted bathers throughout his career... view all notes
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
leaders of the world discussed world peace in Versailles
one of the coldest winters in recorded history
millions of people froze to death
in 1918 and 1919 the real killer was disease
pathogens shaped world history... view all notes
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
INTRODUCTION AUX ÉTHIQUES PHILOSOPHIQUES, University of Geneva
John Rawls (1921-2002)
il est dans cet héritage de
la pensée de Kant
la pensée déontologique
de la pensée libérale... view all notes
Friday, June 29, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
MASTERPIECES OF WORLD LITERATURE, Harvard University
the flood story called attention to the Epic of Gilgamesh
the flood story was known from the Bible
the role the flood story plays in Gilgamesh
comes late in the story
feels like an interpolated tale, like a story within a story... view all notes
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
EGIPTOLOGÍA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
el interior de las pirámides de los reyes de la tercera dinastía de la cuarta dinastía y de casi toda la quinta dinastía carece por completo de textos
"Textos de las pirámides"
las cámaras y los corredores de las pirámides de los siguientes faraones se llenan de textos funerarios que conocemos con el nombre de "Textos de las pirámides"
Unis, del último rey de la quinta dinastía
de los reyes de la sexta dinastía, Teti, Pepy I, Merenre y Pepy II... view all notes
Monday, June 11, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
The Dance (1909)
one of Matisse's most celebrated and controversial paintings
a daring foray into avant garde experiment
challenged the principles upon with academic painting was based
emerged from Matisse's informal academy established in 1908... view all notes
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
some of the things we see happening in the 90s remind us of things that have happened before in the history of rock music
idols that specifically appeal to a teen audience, especially teen girls
Boyz II Men
from Philadelphia
signed to the Motown label... view all notes
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
after WWI ended, the nations were faced with the task of rebuilding the core at the center of the world system
tried to patch up the differences they had
some envisioned a world that would put an end to the conflicts that had given rise to the First World War
an idea put forth as the war ground down: this should be a war to end all wars
this was the spirit, albeit not well proportioned, of the men who gathered in Versailles in France in 1919... view all notes
Monday, May 21, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
1990s important for female singer-songwriters
develops in the 1960s
Dylan
Beatles
Paul McCartney... view all notes
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
ESCRIBIR PARA CONVENCER, La Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
el objetivo de la argumentación
escribir una carta en la que solicites un aumento de salario
hagas un reclamo
en todos estos textos tenemos en común el propósito de persuadir al interlocutor para que asuma como válido nuestro punto de vista y se adhiera a él
en estas situaciones, el impacto que podemos tener en los otros depende directamente de nuestras competencias de argumentación escrita... view all notes
Friday, May 11, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION, University of British Columbia
the building block approach to religion
break a story down into its blocks and components
one finds stories with some blocks added or removed, and it changes the story
the concepts of religion, magic and superstition are unstable
other cultures don't necessarily have a concept that translates directly into what we generally think of as religion... view all notes
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
INTRODUCCIÓN A LA GENÉTICA Y LA EVOLUCIÓN, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
todos los seres vivos estamos formados de células
las bacterias
los hongos
las plantas
los animales... view all notes
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
la influencia de Caravaggio fue tan grande, que surgió un estilo internacional basado en sus obras y que se asocia con su nombre, el "caravaggismo"
lo practicaron artistas en Italia, en España, en Francia, en los Países Bajos y en la actual Bélgica
la necesidad que se venía sintiendo en el continente de que apareciese una nueva forma de pintar, se vio satisfecha por las novedades que proponía Caravaggio
uno de los artistas más importantes en basar su estilo en Caravaggio, fue Jusepe Rivera
cuando diferentes artistas pintan en un estilo similar, cuando siguen las mismas normas en cuanto al color, el tipo de figura y el tipo de composición, sus diferencias se hacen más obvias, se resaltan... view all notes
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE RISE OF SUPERHEROES AND THEIR IMPACT ON POP CULTURE, Smithsonian Institute
late 60s, early 70s
a time of social change
a youth movement, spawned the hippy generation
demonstrations against war in Vietnam
issues of civil rights... view all notes
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
August 1914
didn't destroy a world that was at its apex of civilization, but rather an arrangement that was already
in trouble
beset by anxieties
plagued by rivalries between regimes... view all notes
Monday, April 2, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
FAKE NEWS, FACTS, AND ALTERNATIVE FACTS, University of Michigan
there's been a shift over the journalism industry over the last 35 years
how we consume our news
how reporters do their jobs
the rise of digital technology
news is still in demand... view all notes
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION, University of British Columbia
how do you define a religion?
the folk idea of religion is that it has to do with supernatural beings
other people define it as having to do with the sacred
other people think religion has more to do with practice and we want to define it in terms of rituals and communities, i.e. what people do together and what rituals they practice is important
one of the advantages of the cognitive science of religion is that it sidesteps the whole definitional issue... view all notes
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SCIENCE OF EXERCISE, University of Colorado Boulder
underlying principles in the field of exercise science
provides the foundations that your body must make in response to the physical stress incurred during a single bout of exercise
1. Homeostasis
the tendency of the body to maintain a stable internal environment for cells by narrowly regulating critical variables
pH (acid/base balance)... view all notes
Vocabulary:
homeostasis, n. the tendency of the body to maintain a stable internal environment for cells by narrowly regulating critical variables, e.g. pH (acid/base balance), oxygen tension, blood glucose concentration, and body temperature  "Any disruption to optimal homeostatic conditions will elicite multiple regulatory responses by the body in an attempt to bring disrupted variables back to normal, for example, when you ascend a high altitude, due to the low oxygen pressure in the inspired air, oxygen levels in your body drop below desired levels, and as a result, your nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respitory systems make adjustments in an attempt to compensate for this disruption."
Friday, March 16, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
musicians who are embracing older styles and making them their own and updating them
Jam Bands
going back to
The Grateful Dead
The Almond Brothers... view all notes
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
MASTERPIECES OF WORLD LITERATURE, Harvard University
Gilgamesh and Enkidu have become friends
go out of the city to slay the monster Humbaba
Humbab is inhabiting and protecting a wild forest
they leave the city to raid the countryside, cut down the forest and slay the monster
particularly in the ancient Near East, the environment is an extremely pervasive factor... view all notes