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.

August 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 12 college lectures:
Learned 4 vocabulary words:
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Corrected 3 misspelling:
resistence, ecumentical, conneseur
Recorded 57 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • Among the key issues (FRENCH)
                        
  • If an upstate stream pollutes (FRENCH)
                        
  • It goes beyond the decisions (FRENCH)
                        
  • National demands on water resources are becoming (FRENCH)
                        
  • They take off (FRENCH)
                        
  • Whether done immediately (FRENCH)
                        
  • all these rules tend to accumulate (FRENCH)
                        
  • amounts to saying (FRENCH)
                        
  • an important issue (FRENCH)
                        
  • any flexibility (FRENCH)
                        
  • are subject in particular to a tension (FRENCH)
                        
  • as such (FRENCH)
                        
  • at a cantonal level (FRENCH)
                        
  • belong to and are the sole responsibility (FRENCH)
                        
  • belonged to them (FRENCH)
                        
  • but somewhat knowingly (FRENCH)
                        
  • do nothing but exacerbate (FRENCH)
                        
  • even international guidelines (FRENCH)
                        
  • groundwater (FRENCH)
                        
  • in each of the urban centers (FRENCH)
                        
  • it depends (FRENCH)
                        
  • it does not apply for (FRENCH)
                        
  • it does not turn off (FRENCH)
                        
  • it is very difficult to control all regulations (FRENCH)
                        
  • it means (FRENCH)
                        
  • it meets the expectations (FRENCH)
                        
  • it pays to understand (FRENCH)
                        
  • landing (FRENCH)
                        
  • management science (FRENCH)
                        
  • numerous and extensive (FRENCH)
                        
  • one tends toward a resource (FRENCH)
                        
  • right now (FRENCH)
                        
  • that airplane which has landed (FRENCH)
                        
  • that consists on relying on things we already know (FRENCH)
                        
  • the decision-makers (FRENCH)
                        
  • the downstream state (FRENCH)
                        
  • the managers (FRENCH)
                        
  • they refer to (FRENCH)
                        
  • to agree with each other (FRENCH)
                        
  • to churn the water (FRENCH)
                        
  • to develop territories (FRENCH)
                        
  • to master these challenges (FRENCH)
                        
  • to oversea our usage to everyone (FRENCH)
                        
  • unable to reach a motorway in time (FRENCH)
                        
  • update the entire issue (FRENCH)
                        
  • watershed (FRENCH)
                        
  • we properly handle contradictions (FRENCH)
                        
  • we will also witness an extension (FRENCH)
                        
  • we witness (FRENCH)
                        
  • weak signals (FRENCH)
                        
  • were summoned (FRENCH)
                        
  • what do we see (FRENCH)
                        
  • which by dint of being repeated become reflexes (FRENCH)
                        
  • which cover the management of water resources (FRENCH)
                        
  • which tended to previously dominate (FRENCH)
                        
  • which tends to spread (FRENCH)
                        
  • will then take (FRENCH)
                        
Monday, August 1, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
artists that came along in the 1980s but who based their sound on earlier styles
AC/DC
out of Australia
if you had just discovered AC/DC, you would think that they would be best grouped with bands like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin from the first half of the seventies
but AC/DC didn't have their first big hits in the United States until 1979, when groups like Led Zeppelin stopped recording... view all notes
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
PHENOMENOLOGY AND THE CONSCIOUS MIND, Trinity College
our overall conception of consciousness is that it is indeed something we do
but intentionality is usually only thought of in terms of acts such as walking or speaking
perception, imagination, and emotion are all intentional
each instance has a subjectivity and an objectivity
variations of intentionality reveal the underlying detail of the basic structure of consciousness... view all notes
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
Gainsborough's portrait "Lieutenant General Edward Ligonier"
shows relationship between man and beast
"it was possible to judge a Gainsborough's portrait as if it were a living person"
we have the sense when confronting one of his paintings that we are confronting someone personally
e.g. going about their daily business on the streets of Bath, where Gainsborough lived... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
many 70s bands continued to have great success into the 1980s
it's typical of history of music to only follow the new innovations as they occur in time
the music scene is more varied than just following the newest innovations
in some cases they had more success in the 80s than in the 70s
Genesis... view all notes
Vocabulary:
low church, n. a term of distinction in the Church of England or other Anglican churches initially designed to be pejorative. Those who favored the theology, worship, and hierarchical structure of Anglicanism, such as the episcopate, as the true form of Christianity, began referring to that outlook and its related practices as the high church. In contrast, by the early 18th century, those theologians and politicians who sought more reform in the English church and a greater liberalization of church structure, were called low church. Low church, in an Anglican context, denotes the church's simplicity or Protestant emphasis, and high church denotes an emphasis on ritual or, later, Anglo-Catholicism.  "Having been brought up in the low church, and no doubt influenced by the sermons that his own father read sometimes in their own church, Gainsborough took up the church's drive against the cruelty to animals in a determined way."
trepanation, n. based on the Greek word "trypanon", literally "borer" or "auger", a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull. In the Middle Ages, holes were drilled into a person's head who was behaving in what was considered an abnormal way to let out what they believed were evil spirits. Later in the 18th and 19th centuries, trepanation was also a primitive emergency surgery after head wounds to remove shattered bits of bone from a fractured skull and clean out the blood that often pools under the skull after a blow to the head.  "In the opening volleys in the battle of Germantown, St. George was shot in the head and taken from the field where he was trepanned, leaving him with a hole in the side of his skull. The wound was later hidden with a disfiguring silver plate habitually covered by Saint George with a black silk cap and it never healed. He lived thereafter with a considerable part of his head shot away, and though feeble, emaciated, and in almost constant pain, his imagination and his virtues have nothing of their vigor."
Monday, August 15, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DINOSAUR PALEOBIOLOGY, University of Alberta
museums often display fully fleshed-out models of dinosaurs
paleontologists have some methods to determine the appearance of some dinosaurs based on dry bone fossils
bones are hard, mineralized structures that rot away slowly
muscles, organs and skin decay quickly
they are seldom fossilized... view all notes
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
L'AVENIR DE LA DÉCISION : CONNAîTRE ET AGIR EN COMPLEXITÉ, ESSEC Business School
on peut comprendre la complexité
on gagne à la comprendre
comme une série de contradictions qu'il faut affronter tous les jours
qui ne dépendent pas des décisions des uns ou des autres
les organisations sont soumises en particulier à une tension... view all notes
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY THROUGH PERFORMANCE, Curtis Institute of Music
improvisation played an important role in the Baroque
the written music often supplied only the melody which the performer was expected to embellish
a figured bass line
included numbers which indicated which other notes were to be played
singers and instrumentalists were expected to improvise ornaments like trills, grace notes, and turns... view all notes
Vocabulary:
arpeggio, n. a musical technique in which notes in a chord are played or sung in sequence, one after the other, rather than ringing out simultaneously. This word comes from the Italian word "arpeggiare", which means "to play on a harp". An arpeggiated chord may be written with a wavy vertical line in front of the chord, and is spread from the lowest to the highest note. Occasionally, however, composers such as Béla Bartók have asked for them to be played from top to bottom. This is shown by adding an arrow pointing down.  "In a Da Capo aria ("from the top"), in which the singer would sing the aria once as written, then sing it again "from the top" adding ornaments and embellishments to show off their skills, the French preferred fine embellishments, while the Italians used extended embellishments such as whole scales and arpeggios."
Friday, August 19, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the Suez Canal
plowed through the land to connect the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean
transformed the relationship between the continents of Afro-Eurasia
until the 1880s most of European interests in Africa were restricted to the coast
relied on indigenous polities and merchant princes... view all notes
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HUMAN ORIGINS, Arizona State University
anthropology
studies the diversity of the human condition
the past, the present, and the future
includes biology, science, language, and culture
culture... view all notes
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
GESTION ET POLITIQUE DE L'EAU, Université de Genève
trois grands enjeux de la régulation de la ressource en eau
la question des usages
la question des règles
la question des territoires de gestion de la ressource
on assiste depuis plus de 200 ans à... view all notes
Monday, August 29, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
JESUS IN SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION, University of Notre Dame
the transition from Israel to Jesus
the relationship between the Old Testament and New Testament is of promise and fulfillment
prophecy found in Isiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
this is understood as being fulfilled by the virginal conception of the Christ child by Mary
but there is a problem with reducing the relationship between Old and New Testament to one of promise and fulfillment... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CHINESE THOUGHT: ANCIENT WISDOM MEETS MODERN SCIENCE, University of British Columbia
the desires of the belly
simple desires which constitute our basic nature
few and finite
the desires of the eye
the things you can see that are far away that you don't have... view all notes
Vocabulary:
epistemic, adj. [eh-pis-TEM-ik] of or relating to knowledge or cognition, having to do with branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity  "Just as Jesus and Israel are both called God's first born and beloved sons, one can ponder the mystery of the identity of Jesus more deeply by considering his relationship to the Jewish people and their scriptures, and in this view, a love for Judaism is not just an ecumenical gesture on the part of the Christian, it has deep epistemic value, telling us something about the person of Jesus Christ that we would not have known otherwise."
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