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.

October 2017 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 10 college lectures:
Learned 1 vocabulary words:
Learned about 1 person:
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priviledge, resistence
Recorded 58 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • It is now the state that
  • Let's go back to the fifth century
  • The three successive layers
  • The word seems obsolete
  • This involves financial donations
  • What about patronage and giving
  • a loan
  • a real growth
  • after having built it himself during his lifetime
  • almsgiving
  • annihilate
  • charity requires helping those in need
  • cheap housing
  • is all this at once
  • is any benefit granted to others
  • leads to decline
  • orphanages
  • sponsorship
  • spread in the fourth century
  • the enjoyment of something
  • the feudal lords
  • to relieve only the effects
  • For when one makes a slogan implying a rejection of (FRENCH)
  • On the Flesh of Christ (FRENCH)
  • This does not prevent (FRENCH)
  • a little stiff (FRENCH)
  • a primacy of faith (FRENCH)
  • allows us to consider (FRENCH)
  • ascribed to Terullien (FRENCH)
  • attacks another Christian (FRENCH)
  • balanced dialogue (FRENCH)
  • could have changed its nature (FRENCH)
  • deploring the tragedy (FRENCH)
  • did not really incarnate (FRENCH)
  • does not prevent (FRENCH)
  • dragged by his horses (FRENCH)
  • grants reason a place in knowledge (FRENCH)
  • he testifies (FRENCH)
  • his horses having been frightened by a dragon (FRENCH)
  • hit by a misfortune (FRENCH)
  • in relation to reason (FRENCH)
  • is often cited as evidence of the fundamentally irrational character (FRENCH)
  • it is impious to want to limit the power (FRENCH)
  • it is to give credit to what goes beyond our reason (FRENCH)
  • lengthen (FRENCH)
  • not that we must believe all that is absurd (FRENCH)
  • shock our understanding (FRENCH)
  • takes various forms (FRENCH)
  • that goes beyond understanding (FRENCH)
  • that it is based on dialogue (FRENCH)
  • the epic and the novel (FRENCH)
  • the exchange is done (FRENCH)
  • to fit within one of the elements (FRENCH)
  • we stretch a long text (FRENCH)
  • when in the 40s (FRENCH)
  • who denied the reality of the Incarnation (FRENCH)
  • who lived (FRENCH)
  • will want to soften this form (FRENCH)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, The University of Melbourne
unresolved issues in 1790-1791
creating tensions between supporters of the revolution and and those who thought that its reformers were too radical
the reforms to the Church
the National Assembly includes many members of clerical deputies to the Estates General
the majority were parish priests... view all notes
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
credo quia absurdum
"je crois parce que c'est absurde"
une petite phrase souvent citée pour illustrer l'antirationalisme chrétien
la foi serait totalement opposée à la raison
c'est une erreur quand on penser que cette phrase est un rejet de toute forme de rationalité... view all notes
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
how does Gilgamesh have such an intimate sense to it
it is the first longer literature text
you would expect as a first literary text
an awkward, first attempt at literary excellence
the scribes would have tried a lot of things and not really understood what is required to create a successful literary text... view all notes
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
turn-of-the-century economic unease and swelling discontent about the nature of the system that was coming into being
was increasingly uncertain if markets be relied upon to be self-regulating and self-contained
the fear that economic difficulties could lead to economic difficulties
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)
what would happen to the economy if at the center of the system was weaker than we thought... view all notes
intervisible, adj. mutually visible, within sight of each other
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
has a difficult relationship with rock
in a way it is like jazz, which is outside of rock, but in another way, it is part of rock
gained momentum in the 1980s in an underground scene
began in the 1970s... view all notes
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the era of the Comics Code Authority (1954)
was impacting publishers, editors, writers and artists of the comic characters
considered by many in the comic book industry to be the the Dark Ages of comic books in the 1950s
interview with Stan Lee (1922-), former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics
Fredric Wertham... view all notes
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the term fake news has become a contemporary buzz word
the concept itself is not new at all
people in power have always
used information to manipulate public opinion
manipulated information to distort facts about the world and gain access to more power... view all notes
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
désigne l'ensemble des dons privés librement consentis en faveur d'organismes agissant dans l'intérêt général
lutte contre la pauvreté
santé... view all notes
François Fénelon (1651-1715)
A French Roman Catholic archbishop, theologian, and poet best known as the author of The Adventures of Telemachus
  • the book Telemachus fills out a gap in Homer's Odyssey, recounting the educational travels of Telemachus, son of Ulysses, accompanied by his tutor, Mentor, who is revealed at the end of the story to be Minerva, goddess of wisdom
  • the Adventures of Telemachus is also a scathing rebuke to the autocratic reign of Louis XIV of France
  • the book has been referred to as "the true key to the museum of the eighteenth-century imagination"
  • one of the most popular works of the century and with its message of world peace, it was an immediate best-seller both in France and abroad
  • Fénelon's early education was provided by private tutors, who gave him a thorough grounding in the language and literature of the Greek and Latin classics
  • in 1675 at the age of 24 he was ordained as a priest
  • in 1685, the Church began a campaign to send the greatest orators in the country into the regions of France with the highest concentration of Huguenots to persuade them of the errors of Protestantism, and Fénelon was included in this group
  • in 1689, Fénelon was named the tutor of the grandson of Louis XIV, the 7-year-old Duke of Burgundy, who was second in line for the throne, and for whom Fénelon composed his Les Aventures de Télémaque
  • in 1693, Fénelon was elected to the Académie française
  • for Fénelon all wars were civil wars: humanity was a single society and all wars within it the greatest evil, and one's obligation to mankind as a whole was always greater than what was owed to one's particular country
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
l'art du théâtre est un art de la performance, qui associe
un texte
du jeu
du son
du visuel... view all notes
Monday, October 30, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the week of Christ's passion
the most important moment in the Gospels
the defining moment was Jesus' death on the cross
who was responsible for the death of Jesus
the answer the Catholic catechism provides is denying that the Jews as a collective were responsible for this death... view all notes
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