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.

March 2017 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 12 college lectures:
Learned 1 vocabulary words:
Learned about 1 person:
Corrected 9 misspelling:
Palistinian, beseiging, hippopotimi, bourgeoise, enobled, decendent, paleonthologist, Shirpa, personaly
Recorded 85 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • All this must be added in an attempt to achieve the expected results (FRENCH)
  • An action performed by duty (FRENCH)
  • And what makes this structure (FRENCH)
  • Even if it sometimes happens (FRENCH)
  • I make my happiness (FRENCH)
  • I will be (FRENCH)
  • I will be moral (FRENCH)
  • She was apparently moral only because (FRENCH)
  • Such is precisely (FRENCH)
  • The question is how one transforms (FRENCH)
  • There is much to be learned about the ability of ecosystems to adapt (FRENCH)
  • a propensity (FRENCH)
  • a scaffold (FRENCH)
  • a small roof (FRENCH)
  • a wickedness of the human heart (FRENCH)
  • achieving the conservation (FRENCH)
  • afterwards (FRENCH)
  • aims to help us (FRENCH)
  • an otherwise natural state (FRENCH)
  • and thus come to reenforce it (FRENCH)
  • anguish (FRENCH)
  • areas that are meant to protect them (FRENCH)
  • as we have just seen (FRENCH)
  • as we shall soon see (FRENCH)
  • at one end (FRENCH)
  • at the back (FRENCH)
  • attract the support of the local populations (FRENCH)
  • be legitimately happey (FRENCH)
  • can live together properly (FRENCH)
  • conservation issues (FRENCH)
  • does not harm (FRENCH)
  • grows continuously (FRENCH)
  • has to be understood as a whole (FRENCH)
  • henceforth (FRENCH)
  • honey (FRENCH)
  • in addition to the course (FRENCH)
  • in the past (FRENCH)
  • intermingle to form (FRENCH)
  • it is impossible to rely on (FRENCH)
  • it was then necessary to conceal the openings (FRENCH)
  • it's in this will alone (FRENCH)
  • moral (FRENCH)
  • now (FRENCH)
  • of course go beyond their simple and essential (FRENCH)
  • of which I've already spoken (FRENCH)
  • once again (FRENCH)
  • overwhelms us (FRENCH)
  • prevail (FRENCH)
  • products from the forest (FRENCH)
  • questioned (FRENCH)
  • rare habitats (FRENCH)
  • reassuring enough (FRENCH)
  • rent their theater year round (FRENCH)
  • representing little more than (FRENCH)
  • seated at the bottom (FRENCH)
  • seats (FRENCH)
  • side gallery (FRENCH)
  • sometimes above (FRENCH)
  • sometimes below (FRENCH)
  • sometimes threatened (FRENCH)
  • standing spectators (FRENCH)
  • support each other (FRENCH)
  • that any person could behave as if he were moral (FRENCH)
  • that everywhere they are in chains (FRENCH)
  • that the good can be found (FRENCH)
  • that we are constrained (FRENCH)
  • the immutable power (FRENCH)
  • the key areas (FRENCH)
  • the lemurs (FRENCH)
  • the love of oneself (FRENCH)
  • the maintenance of an air devoid of human pollution (FRENCH)
  • the roof was removed (FRENCH)
  • this amounts to saying (FRENCH)
  • this is what also then determines the construction (FRENCH)
  • to act badly (FRENCH)
  • to dismiss his rival (FRENCH)
  • to institute binding laws (FRENCH)
  • to prevent any human activity (FRENCH)
  • to prevent erosion (FRENCH)
  • ultimately (FRENCH)
  • water purification (FRENCH)
  • which can determine it (FRENCH)
  • which makes their protection even more difficult (FRENCH)
  • which will endure until the middle of the 18th century (FRENCH)
  • which will remind us (FRENCH)
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
how the transformation of agrarian hinterlands upsets and changes the lives and livelihoods of a sedentary peasantry
tigers had been the subject of important ritual hunts
tigers have been for centuries a sacred animal for the Malayan
an icon of noble savagery... view all notes
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
GESTION DES AIRES PROTÉGÉES EN AFRIQUE, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
les aires protégées en Afrique
reconnues aujourd'hui comme étant un outil fondamental pour parvenir à la conservation de la diversité biologique
il y a une progression en nombre et en surface au cours des dernières années
des espèces menacées... view all notes
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
The Great Church (180-313)
a body of Christians living mostly in cities but also in rural areas
North Africa
Asia Minor
Armenia... view all notes
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
pourquoi il y a une propension chez les êtres humains à mal agir
il y a du mal parmi les êtres humains
partout ils sont dans les chaînes
nous mentons aux autres
nous nous mentons volontiers à nous-mêmes... view all notes
Pierre Bayle (1647-1706)
A Protestant French philosopher and writer best known for his seminal work the Historical and Critical Dictionary in 1697
  • a forerunner of the Encyclopedists
  • an advocate of the principle of the toleration of divergent beliefs
  • his works influenced the development of the Enlightenment
  • his Dictionnaire Historique et Critique is a biographical dictionary
  • the overwhelming majority of the entries are devoted to individual people, whether historical or mythical, but some articles treat religious beliefs and philosophies
  • many of the more controversial ideas in the book were hidden away in the voluminous footnotes, or they were slipped into articles on seemingly uncontroversial topics
  • influenced many thinkers of the Enlightenment, including Denis Diderot and the other Encyclopédistes, David Hume, and George Berkeley
  • born in Carla-le-Comte, later renamed Carla-Bayle in his honor
  • educated by his father, a Calvinist minister
  • entered a Jesuit college in Toulouse
  • became a Roman Catholic a month later, 1669
  • with two years, returned to Calvinism and fled to Geneva
  • in Geneva, became acquainted with the teachings of René Descartes
  • returned to France and went to Paris, where he worked as a tutor
  • 1675 was appointed to the chair of philosophy at the Protestant Academy of Sedan
  • 1681 university at Sedan was suppressed by the government in action against Protestants
  • fled to the Dutch Republic, appointed professor of philosophy and history at the École Illustre in Rotterdam
  • 1693 became embroiled in internal quarrel in the college, deprived of his chair
  • remained in Rotterdam until his death in 1706
Friday, March 17, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Castle of Weimar
center of Goethe's social and work life
the duke had brought Goethe to Weimar as a budding writer
Goethe began to assume more and more public functions
theater... view all notes
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
il y a deux types de théâtres depuis l'Antiquité
1. les théâtres en plein air
l'amphithéâtres sur le modèle des grands théâtres grecs ou odéons sur le modèle des théâtres latins
les théâtres circulaires
qui détermine la construction des premières théâtres italiens... view all notes
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
among the commercial enterprises in the late 1980s
the was developing an alternative, off-the-radar music community
brought music to people in other ways
hard core punk did this as well
college radio and college rock... view all notes
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Second Intermediate Period (Dynasties 15-17)
1800-1500 BCE
the most important center in Egypt was the Delta city of Avaris
ruled by the Hyksos King Apophis
Hyksos means "foreign ruler" in Egyptian... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
1754: Pastel of Madame de Pompadour
François Boucher
the official mistress of Louis XV
came from the bourgeoisie rather than the nobility
ennobled by the king upon becoming his official mistress... view all notes
putto, n. (plural "putti"), a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually naked and sometimes winged, often called a cherub although unlike the Biblical cherub which were sacred, putti are secular and usually represent a non-religious passion  "Madame Pompadour's bust is framed by little putti which are characteristic of 17th century French and Italian art in particular."
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
why are species bounded from each other
we would expect to find
gradual changes in the fossil record
gradual gradations among living organisms, i.e. a continuous range of species of animals
explanation... view all notes
Monday, March 27, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
MOUNTAINS 101, University of Alberta
why mountains matter
important in almost every country
compose one quarter of the world's surface
one quarter of the world's population live in or close to mountains
mountain ecosystems... view all notes
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Mozi (468-391 BCE)
the "zi" means master
Mozi = Master Mo
Laozi = Master Lao
lived after Confucius (551-479 BCE)... view all notes
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