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.

July 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 15 college lectures:
Learned 3 vocabulary words:
Corrected 5 misspelling:
unbelieveably, resistence, Mediterrenean, millenium, nemisis
Recorded 211 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • kind of guitar Mark Knopfler had for Dire Straits
  • And already after independence (FRENCH)
  • And it came to be that in the end (FRENCH)
  • And that is how, right after (FRENCH)
  • Before calling the compiler (FRENCH)
  • Conversely (FRENCH)
  • Genie takes us to the line (FRENCH)
  • If you have not yet done it (FRENCH)
  • Let us be attentive to this (FRENCH)
  • Note in passing that (FRENCH)
  • PR. à la mesure de ces flux (FRENCH)
  • Regarding the originality (FRENCH)
  • The formal originality is due to the geographical scope (FRENCH)
  • The implication here (FRENCH)
  • The self (FRENCH)
  • The ultimate concern (FRENCH)
  • Vichy France (FRENCH)
  • We consider the case (FRENCH)
  • We see that as much in Dubai (FRENCH)
  • You just said (FRENCH)
  • a being of affiliation (FRENCH)
  • a closing brace (FRENCH)
  • a healthy environment (FRENCH)
  • a major player (FRENCH)
  • a meaningful life (FRENCH)
  • a meaningful reality (FRENCH)
  • a typo (FRENCH)
  • an executable text file or files (FRENCH)
  • and reads (FRENCH)
  • and settle permanently (FRENCH)
  • and suddenly (FRENCH)
  • applies to the entire African continent (FRENCH)
  • as collective bodies (FRENCH)
  • as there were so many in the Old Regime (FRENCH)
  • as they exist at the universal level (FRENCH)
  • at the beginning (FRENCH)
  • be rigorous at the design stage (FRENCH)
  • but nobody outside (FRENCH)
  • but we will try to remain general (FRENCH)
  • can now come to Paris (FRENCH)
  • claim (FRENCH)
  • claimed several rights (FRENCH)
  • criticism is understandable (FRENCH)
  • declare itself (FRENCH)
  • during the course (FRENCH)
  • embedded in the history (FRENCH)
  • establish (FRENCH)
  • even before birth (FRENCH)
  • favorable to the implementation (FRENCH)
  • flow (FRENCH)
  • for its implementation (FRENCH)
  • for which it was obviously necessary to make some adjustments (FRENCH)
  • formerly (FRENCH)
  • from which I take my identity (FRENCH)
  • had involved some collective rights (FRENCH)
  • has emerged several times (FRENCH)
  • he must learn to narrate it (FRENCH)
  • heavy industry (FRENCH)
  • henceforth (FRENCH)
  • heritage (FRENCH)
  • his membership (FRENCH)
  • in a directory (FRENCH)
  • insofar as it is (FRENCH)
  • is due to the content (FRENCH)
  • is either an interpreter (FRENCH)
  • is intented to represent (FRENCH)
  • is interspersed with music (FRENCH)
  • is provided with the values (FRENCH)
  • is taken into the narrative fabric (FRENCH)
  • is to live these values in my own way (FRENCH)
  • it boils down to (FRENCH)
  • it embeds (FRENCH)
  • it goes like this (FRENCH)
  • it may happen that the program fails compilation (FRENCH)
  • it would be hard to imagine (FRENCH)
  • it's catching up on lost time (FRENCH)
  • its implementation is subject to political discussion (FRENCH)
  • my first question is about the African Charter (FRENCH)
  • no pedestrian (FRENCH)
  • no walkers (FRENCH)
  • of oneself to oneself (FRENCH)
  • of the kind that I feel inside (FRENCH)
  • on the desktop (FRENCH)
  • one wouldn't know where to start (FRENCH)
  • open the quotation marks (FRENCH)
  • opening brace (FRENCH)
  • out of proportion (FRENCH)
  • permanently (FRENCH)
  • pr. ils avaient (FRENCH)
  • pr. une salle (FRENCH)
  • pranksters (FRENCH)
  • raises enormous political problems (FRENCH)
  • realize oneself (FRENCH)
  • recognize (FRENCH)
  • related, more generally (FRENCH)
  • relying both on business and tourism (FRENCH)
  • remembering that (FRENCH)
  • rented to troops (FRENCH)
  • reservations (FRENCH)
  • run by religious orders (FRENCH)
  • sanitized (FRENCH)
  • semicolon (FRENCH)
  • sheltered (FRENCH)
  • should be shifted to the right (FRENCH)
  • sometimes (FRENCH)
  • strictly speaking (FRENCH)
  • that allows someone to hvae an identify (FRENCH)
  • that are made when a city is planned (FRENCH)
  • that lack sufficient accuracy (FRENCH)
  • that the proram will run (FRENCH)
  • that we just created (FRENCH)
  • the challenge (FRENCH)
  • the choices that are made (FRENCH)
  • the coincide (FRENCH)
  • the community to which she belongs (FRENCH)
  • the compilation went well (FRENCH)
  • the focus is on the outside (FRENCH)
  • the following year (FRENCH)
  • the framework through which the individual can (FRENCH)
  • the necessary support for its development (FRENCH)
  • the paths are different (FRENCH)
  • the questioning of sovereignty (FRENCH)
  • the retailers (FRENCH)
  • the second half (FRENCH)
  • the tribe (FRENCH)
  • there will be a return of capital (FRENCH)
  • they welcome (FRENCH)
  • this is done by clicking on (FRENCH)
  • this story (FRENCH)
  • to assume a tradition (FRENCH)
  • to be applied and implemented (FRENCH)
  • to insure the existence of (FRENCH)
  • to move away from (FRENCH)
  • to self-determination (FRENCH)
  • we see developments (FRENCH)
  • we will bow to this tradition (FRENCH)
  • we will see that (FRENCH)
  • what is our purpose behind the analysis (FRENCH)
  • what is the originality (FRENCH)
  • where the error occurred (FRENCH)
  • whether African, Asian (FRENCH)
  • which are after all (FRENCH)
  • which is emerging strongly (FRENCH)
  • which is held during the summer (FRENCH)
  • which is not mine (FRENCH)
  • which is set up (FRENCH)
  • which lasted until the seventeeth century (FRENCH)
  • which will be valid (FRENCH)
  • who is struggling with the tradition (FRENCH)
  • will move (FRENCH)
  • with one exception, the case of Southern Sudan (FRENCH)
  • with respect to which (FRENCH)
  • without paying royalties to the brothers (FRENCH)
  • would have put the opening brace here (FRENCH)
  • you have to go much deeper (FRENCH)
  • you will have to first design (FRENCH)
  • you will learn how to analyze a problem (FRENCH)
  • you will need to correct your program (FRENCH)
  • A response to this feeling of uncertainty (SPANISH)
  • Along with the flair for the dramatic (SPANISH)
  • I'm showing you on the screen (SPANISH)
  • If we used the term (SPANISH)
  • If we were talking about music (SPANISH)
  • It is a confusing term since (SPANISH)
  • It's common to use the end (SPANISH)
  • Let's focus on what happened in the period that concerns us (SPANISH)
  • Other dates may be used (SPANISH)
  • The idea of setting the date to (SPANISH)
  • These are the qualities (SPANISH)
  • a great forcefulness (SPANISH)
  • adheres to this definition (SPANISH)
  • also would make sense to consider (SPANISH)
  • althought I do not share the ideology (SPANISH)
  • an art that follows a very specific aesthetic standard (SPANISH)
  • an art whose forms are dynamic (SPANISH)
  • and so we will do in this course (SPANISH)
  • and that we'll see (SPANISH)
  • clarify some issues (SPANISH)
  • deepened in the 17th century (SPANISH)
  • developed the scientific method (SPANISH)
  • expressive force (SPANISH)
  • he feels a new era (SPANISH)
  • he wanted to be modern (SPANISH)
  • it allows us to look more closely (SPANISH)
  • it feels different from previous calls for change (SPANISH)
  • of reason vs. revelation (SPANISH)
  • or put another way (SPANISH)
  • patronage (SPANISH)
  • patrons felt the need (SPANISH)
  • questions like what is the truth (SPANISH)
  • that had been done before (SPANISH)
  • that have already been mentioned (SPANISH)
  • that is to say (SPANISH)
  • that were coming (SPANISH)
  • the changes that took place around 1600 (SPANISH)
  • the growing materialism (SPANISH)
  • the same issues (SPANISH)
  • therefore (SPANISH)
  • they are not comparable to those that occurrred (SPANISH)
  • this small landscape (SPANISH)
  • thoughts intensified (SPANISH)
  • throughout the period covered by this course (SPANISH)
  • to illustrate what I am saying (SPANISH)
  • very forcefully (SPANISH)
  • very powerful (SPANISH)
  • we force a historical reality to fit into a theory (SPANISH)
  • we would say it has more volume than (SPANISH)
  • were much more difficult to answer (SPANISH)
  • which was made in the 17th century (SPANISH)
  • who defines it (SPANISH)
  • who made paintings able to transmit (SPANISH)
Monday, July 4, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
similar to Jane Austen in English literature, the Biblical authors redefined the hero
rather than valiant warriors, figures like Ruth and Boaz were a new kind of hero
referred to as a mighty hero
instead of a fighting hero, he is a hero through being a man of... view all notes
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
by the 1890's, this second process of industrialization showed resistance
with great expansion came great turmoil
a coexistence of dynamism with crisis
the 1890s was a decade that fused together expansion with turmoil
from people deployed on factory lines... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
visual perception is a core theme of phenomenology
can easily show how non-sensory intuition plays a part in completing visual sensory information to form a concept of physical objects and the world
our key concept of invariance is concrete in the visual cases
positional and objectivating functions of consciousness
the principle of interpretive exclusivity... view all notes
redoubt, n. small, often temporary defensive fortification  "Especially in the areas of the world where old villagers were used to their subsistant, communally oriented livelihoods, these are the last redoubts of that system."
porphyry, n. a hard igneous rock containing crystals of feldspar in a fine-grained groundmass  ""Towards the Andes, the shingle gives place to porphyry, granite, and basalt lavas, animal life becomes more abundant and vegetation more luxuriant.""
brackish, adj. (of water) slightly salty, as in river estuaries.  ""In the hollows of the plains are ponds or lakes of fresh and brackish water.""
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
KARL DER GROßE - PATER EUROPAE, Universität Würzburg
Karl der Große (748-814)
von Herrschaftsantritt bis zu Beginn der Alleinherrschaft
drei Jahre liegen zwischen diesen Daten
ein Musterbeispiel für geostrategische Machtpolitik
Tod des Vaters... view all notes
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
es común usar el final del siglo XVI para separar dos períodos en la Historia del Arte europeo
los cambios que tuvieron lugar en torno a 1600
las diferencias que separan al Renacimiento del siglo XVII son mucho menos profundas de las que lo separan de la Edad Media
la idea de fijar la fecha de hacia 1600 como límite entre dos períodos, es algo arbitrario
otras fechas podrían usarse también... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
un aspect important de la pensée de MacIntyre
l'individualité ne peut exister indépendamment de la communauté à laquelle elle appartient
pour les modernes, l'individu est premier et la communauté est simplement le soutien indispensable à son épanouissement
pour l'éthique des vertus, la communauté est première
tout être humain apparaît dans un monde qui a commencé sans lui et qui continuera sans lui... view all notes
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
INTRODUCTION À LA PROGRAMMATION EN C++, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
la programmation
consiste à écrire
des programmes
les séquences d'instructions qui seront exécutée par l'ordinateur
pour une tâche donnée, le programmeur... view all notes
Friday, July 15, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the unusual name that the Pharaoh gave Joseph upon his elevation to being second in command over all of Egypt
Genesis 41:45:
"Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt."
until recently since the decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphic language
readers of the Bible had no idea what this name meant... view all notes
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
VILLES AFRICAINES: LA PLANIFICATION URBAINE, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
nous allons partir en Asie, avec l'analyse de plusieurs villes:
Kuala Lumpur
Abu Dhabi
Dubaï... view all notes
Monday, July 18, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
1. la tragédie régulière: classique
la notion de classique apparaît à partir du XVIIIe siècle
on parle d'oeuvres classiques pour toutes les oeuvres qui sont étudiées dans les classes
classiques parce qu'on les étudie à l'école
c'est à partir du XVIIIe siècle... view all notes
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
the rise of New Wave at the end of the 1970s
a signal event in the sense that it helped define the end of the decade that was pushing back and rejecting the hippy aesthetic, which unified Rock music from the mid-60s to the end of the 1970s
New Wave into the 1980s had three main groups
1. those who turned to the past in an ironic or detached way
not that you want to return to the past but that you are using the past because you know that your audience understands what that is so it is in quotation marks distanced from your values and intentions... view all notes
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
la charte africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples
du 27 juin 1981
il y a une double originalité
1. formelle
l'effet au champ géographique... view all notes
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
humans walk upright
walking up a hill, you realize one of the consequences of that
we're able to walk relatively efficiently
this has compromises for other forms of locomotion
we're not especially good at climbing... view all notes
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
le théâtre à la Renaissance
est un théâtre qui se joue dans des salles fermées
va perdurer jusqu'au XVIIe siècle
Paris commence par disposer d'une première salle qui est une salle construite par une confrérie
une confrérie religieuse comme il y en avait tant dans l'Ancien Régime... view all notes
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Henri Bergson
French philosopher
by WWI had achieved an unparalleled reputation
1914, election to the Académie française
his lectures at the Collège de France were wildly popular, especially with women... view all notes
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