Although my question can't be answered absolutely, I'll try to state it in a way that's as close as possible.

I'm considering earning an entirely online Software Engineering bachelors degree from a school which also has an on-campus equivalent. But, most importantly: my exams will be all closed book.

It's very easy to cheat with closed book tests, I expect; even if they try to prevent it, just use a second PC or a virtual machine.

Because of how easy it is to cheat with this method of testing, is it a strong indicator that potential employers will place little value on my degree?

  • Adding a country tag would be helpful. – ender.qa Aug 22 '18 at 21:50
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    What's an "SE bachelors degree"? In general, it's best to avoid acronyms like "SE" unless you're in a context in which constantly spelling something out would become tedious. Here, "SE" is often used to refer to "Stack Exchange", though there isn't another term that's sufficiently common to merit an acronym. – Nat Nov 4 '18 at 10:24
  • Certainly some online courses issue a certificate identical to the on-campus ones; there's no way for anyone to tell it was "online". Taking a step back, there have been "distance learning" degrees for a long time e.g. Open University in the UK; if anything these are more prestigious than some ex-poly degrees. – Gaius Nov 5 '18 at 21:53
  • Edited OP to say "Software Engineering." Thanks! – icor103 Nov 6 '18 at 23:09

Being online and thus open to cheating on tests certainly reduces the value of the degree, as you suggest in your question.

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