Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals

Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals Online Course

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Course Description

The course is intended for teachers and researchers in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and helps them to recognise, understand and address ethical issues in personal, institutional and professional contexts. As a course participant, you will be asked to reflect on existing policies and practices within your institution and, more broadly, in the higher education sector. You will be provided with the knowledge and tools to reflect on policies through the lens of an ethicist. 



Programme Ethics for Teachers
Course Code ET 2102
Duration 10 weeks (Starting on 16 September 2019)
Study Method Distance learning
Workload: 40 hours

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This course is composed of eight weekly topics. Each topic covers a common issue or phenomenon in Higher Education and explores the ethical implications and dimensions of the case, taking into account perspectives from different continents. 
Topic / Activity Estimated workload
Introductory week: forum discussion with introductions 2 hrs
1. Why should I be ethical? 3.5 hrs
2. Ethical Decision Making 3.5 hrs
3. Ethics of Service Delivery 3.5 hrs
4. Publication Ethics: Institutional Publication Strategy 3.5 hrs
5. Measures on Plagiarism Issues in your Institution 3.5 hrs
6. Certification Ethics: Corruption, Ghost Writers and Bought Exams 3.5 hrs
7. Discrimination and Harassment: Academic Workplace Bullying 3.5 hrs
8. University Codes of Ethics, Rules and Regulations 3.5 hrs
Personal research and final assignment 10 hrs


Method of Study

The advised amount of study time required to complete this course is approximately four hours per week (40 hours over a period of ten weeks). After the introduction to the online platform, and to other course participants, you will be asked to complete the 8-week programme that will consist of online interactive lessons, lecture materials, videos and forum discussions. Throughout the modules, you will be invited to exchange with your peers through the online forum and reflect on thought-provoking dilemmas and case studies. At the end of the training, you will be asked to submit a final assignment on an ethical issue drawn from your own context.


Contributors to the course

The content in this course has been developed by eminent professors specialised Ethics from established universities such as UNISA of South Africa, The Ethics Institute and the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies. The authors of this course include: 
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Divya Singh 
South Africa
Prof. Dr. of Law, Chief Academic Officer, Stadio Holdings. Former Director of the Ethics Directorate UNISA
Alexander Ageev
Prof. Dr. of Strategic economics, Director of Russia
Siti Syamsiyatun 
Prof. Dr. of Islam, Director Consortium for Interreligious studies, Yogyakarta
Deon Rossouw 
South Africa 
Prof. Dr. Of Philosophy, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa
Nina Noor 
Prof. of interreligious studies, graduate lecturer at the IUN, Yogyakarta

Registration and Fees

There are two tracks available to follow this course.

The Basic Track: This track offers access to the course without a final assignment. It is possible to upgrade to the Certification Track during once registered on the Basic Track.

The Certification Track: This track offers unlimited access to the course with a graded final assignment. Participants who are successful will be awarded a certificate of completion. 

  Basic Track Certification Track



Downloadable course content

Discussion forums

Quizzes and learning activities

Certificate of completion

Basic Track Fee
50 USD
Certification Track Fee*
200 USD 

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UNISA cohort
Staff and/or other participants from UNISA that will participate in the UNISA cohort

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*Participants from low-income countries are eligiable for a significant price reduction. Country income status categorisation is based on the World Bank Country Classification.


Recommended Entry Level

We recommend that participants have a Masters degree or an equivalent qualification. It is also preferable that participants possess a teaching / professional qualification at a tertiary level since the course is focused on ethics in Higher Education.
Participants whose first language is not English are recommended to have a minimum English language-proficiency of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The self-assessment grid under this link provides potential participants with an overview in case of unfamiliarity with this framework.
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quotation markValuable fundamental course, which allows for personal reflection and a better understanding of ethics in higher education. I benefitted a lot from interactive forum!quotation mark
Retha Visagie, UNESCO Trained Ethics Educator, Certified Ethics Officer and manager of Research Integrity, UNISA, South Africa
quotation markThe course was timely and useful. It has helped me to continue to do research in the area of Information Ethics. It was very educative, the platform was simple to navigate and I enjoyed the interactive elements such as the discussion forum and the options to chat with teachers.quotation mark
John Adebayo, Reference and Electronic Information Resources Librarian at Chrisland University, Nigeria.
quotation markI learned a great deal and I am more aware of the urgent need of more ethics in higher education! This is an excellent tool to spread the message and knowledge.quotation mark 
Meggy Kantert, Coach/Consultant with expertise in Organisation Development in African Higher Education, certified Social Responsibility Manager, Germany.