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 2013 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 11 college lectures:
Watched and recorded flashcards on 5 language videos:
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE KENNEDY HALF CENTURY, University of Virginia
legislative career
made friends with other 69 veterans of WWII elected to congress in 1946
including young Republican legislator Richard Nixon from California
Nixon's career began to rocket, not Kennedy's
headed up investigation of the House about communist infiltration which led to the arrest of Alger Hiss... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CALVIN: HISTOIRE ET RÉCEPTION D'UNE RÉFORME, Université de Genève
Michael Servetus (1509-1553)
un théologien et médecin espagnol
il redécouvrit la façon dont le sang passe dans les poumons pour s'oxygéner
développa un protestantisme radical, refusant notamment le dogme de la Trinité, qui lui valut diverses persécutions, dont la condamnation par le Grand Conseil de Genève à être brûlé vif pour hérésie le 27 octobre 1553.
est autant médecin que théologien... view all notes
Monday, December 2, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the rising pools of wealth and capital in Europe spawned a set of important institutional changes
had a profound effect on the organization of global market places
gave birth to merchant trading companies
The Muscovy Company (1555-1917)
first major chartered joint stock company... view all notes
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CALVIN: HISTOIRE ET RÉCEPTION D'UNE RÉFORME, Université de Genève
l'instruction
la construction du collège durera 3 ans de 1559 à 1562 et Calvin a vu ce collège encore de son vivant
il s'agit de deux départements.
le premier département "Scola Privata"
les petites classes, les garçons, les adolescents, qui pendant sept ans, sont instruits, en français, en latin, en grec, en dialectique, et en rhétorique... view all notes
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
increasing distinction between
1. merchantilist regimes
government relies on social classes to generate pools of wealth and capital that will sustain it (merchants provide revenue to state and buys state bonds which enable the state to build up its military, which protects merchants' monopolies)
2. agrarian regimes
Mughal India... view all notes
Monday, December 16, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
over the last 500 years we have developed a belief that scientists just need to be left alone doing their research and development, and they will create for us the ability to live better and better lives
it's a common thought but also a simplistic one to think that science is simply working for the benefit of humankind
many scientists have been motivated by the wish to help humankind and enjoy the thrill of discovering new laws about the natural world and gaining power over it
but what broadly governs the history of science are political, economic and ideological interests
science is governed by politics and economics for the simple reason that most of science is a very expensive affair... view all notes
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CALVIN: HISTOIRE ET RÉCEPTION D'UNE RÉFORME, Université de Genève
les dix dernières années de Calvin à Genève: 1555 à 1564
Calvin triomphe à Genève
on élit au Conseil des gens qui sont favorables à Calvin
il avait un certain nombre d'adversaires
il sera au fait de son pouvoir, son autorité... view all notes
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY, University of Pennsylvania
jumping from Greek to Rome, a very different culture
we learn that the Romans borrow all of the Green myths and change the names and adopt the stories for themselves
there is some truth to that
it is more accurate to say that both Greeks and Romans were working from a common pool of Mediterranean materials which they each put their own spin on
it's not quite right to look at the Romans as being derivative of the Greeks... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the concentration of power and wealth led to internal sources of disequilibrium
economics on a global scale was nothing new, but mercantalism added a source of financial and dependency disequilibrium
affects not just the relationships between states and merchants but between states and states
a monopoly is that one person gets a right to trade and another party doesn't and the state is going to defend that right
other people began to want those rights and they became contested privileges... view all notes
Monday, December 23, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CALVIN: HISTOIRE ET RÉCEPTION D'UNE RÉFORME, Université de Genève
la pensée théologique de Jean Calvin
il est centré l'interprétation et la prédication du message biblique
la moitié du corpus de Calvin consiste en ses sermons
comment considère Calvin la Bible
l'accent sur l'utilité de la Bible... view all notes
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY, University of Pennsylvania
Virgil (70BC-19BC)
major works: Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid
Aeneid is the national epic of ancient Rome
influenced Divine Comedy
lives tumultuous times... view all notes
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