Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals

Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals Online Course

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, within the higher education sector. You will be provided with the knowledge and tools to reflect on policies through the lens of an ethicist. 



Course Code EHE-TP-15032021
Starting date: 15 March 2021
Duration 10 weeks
Study Method Distance learning
Language: English

Registration: Closed - Freemium Model

Try this short teaser now. It will give you a short introduction to ethical decision making. 



Key Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas, and propose solutions from different theoretical ethical perspectives or approaches and apply them in their area of study or work in higher education.
  • The key learning outcomes of this course centre on the knowledge of core ethical principles, standards and competence in executing a detailed analysis of ethical dilemmas, and skills relevant for employability in constructing a framework for a higher education institution's code of ethics. 

Job prospect

Successful participants habitually work in the public and private higher education sector, as teaching professionals, for example, as lecturers, associate and full-time professors and researchers with teaching assignments in higher education. 

Contributors to the course

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Divya Singh
Course Designer
Prof. Dr. of Law, Chief Academic Officer, Stadio Holdings. Former Director of the Ethics Directorate UNISA

Alexander Ageev
Course Designer
Prof. Dr. of Strategic economics

Siti Syamsiyatun
Course Designer
Prof. Dr. of Islam, Director Consortium for Interreligious studies

Deon Rossouw
Course Designer
Prof. Dr. Of Philosophy, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa

Nina Noor
Course Designer
Prof. of interreligious studies, graduate lecturer at the IUN


Qualification Awarded

Certificate of Completion upon fulfilment of all qualification requirements, in particular the final assignments. A certificate supplement with the indication of the achieved learning outcomes according to the syllabus and the area of the submitted final assignment can be established.


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. 

Unit 1

Why should I be ethical? 

Unit 2

Ethical Decision Making

Unit 3

Ethics of Service Delivery

Unit 4

Publication Ethics

Unit 5


Unit 6

Assessment Fraud and Examination Cheating

Unit 7

Harassment and Bullying: Workplace bullying in universities

Unit 8

University codes of ethics, rules and regulations


Final assigment


Registration: Freemium Model



Basic Track

Certification Track

Course content


Activities such as quizzes or forums

Online videos


Live chat sessions


Grading of the activities


Access to final assigment


Certificate of completion


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 Registrations will open again for Spring Semester 2022!

Entry Requirements

The registration for this online course is organised according to the enrolment regulations and the policy on entry requirements of in accordance with the official course programme documentation as approved and made public by the institution's governing bodies. 

Specific Accreditation of Prior Learning Arrangements

In this online course lays particular emphasis on the practical professional experiences participants bring into the learning journey. Teaching and/or administrative experiences in higher education institutions are considered as assets for participation. Experiential learning of this type will be treated as part of's Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as outlined in its official documentation, in particular in its Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) handbook and in the corresponding policy document. The policy document explains the procedure and criteria for recognition.   

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

In order to obtain the qualification awarded at the end of the online course, participants have to complete the module according to the syllabus and fulfill all requirements, in particular they will have to submit a final written assignment and a final online discussion forum contribution.  

Qualification Level

This module is a short-term module for graduates, professionals and other executives working in various professional sectors. The module corresponds to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 4/Level 5, and is comparable to the level of a Swiss Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS).  

Access to Further Studies

Successful participants of this online course are eligible for further studies in the online qualifications pathway, leading upon completion of all three online modules, to an Executive Certificate of Ethics in Higher Education, CSR and Sustainability for Professionals in Higher Education. 

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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.