But it could be something else, too. I'm serving on a few committees now, one college-wide, where I actually have a voice. That's where I'm putting my energy right now: speaking up in real life and making arguments that I hope are cogent and compelling.
If Northern Clime decides to go the all-MOOC and Scantron route* for the liberal arts, for example, I'll be one of the people who at least gets to go on record about it. You can never tell, of course, whether committees are real or just window dressing while an administration does what it's going to do anyway, but if you don't act as though it's real and as though your voice counts, it surely won't.
The other thing is that outrage takes time, even on a small level. I made a promise to myself this semester that in the name of productivity, I'd invoke the prime directive for email. This isn't the Star Trek one, but the one that goes something like this:
If someone's telling you about something you already know or is treating you as though you don't know about something that you do know ("Do you know about MOOCs? Here's why they're swell!"), don't waste time being annoyed at having your time wasted. Stop reading and delete that message immediately.This message is brought to you by "Outrage: It's not what's for breakfast any more."
*Written in 2008, but doesn't it sort of predict the whole MOOC thing?