Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis


Technology Studies

First Advisor

James Banfield

Second Advisor

William Sverdlik

Third Advisor

Phil Rufe


To answer the question of whether creating a competitive environment drives students’ engagement while completing class objectives, two EMU Honors students designed and built a web application that creates such an environment. This system allows students to complete assignments that are weighted on a point system and compare scores on an anonymous “Leaderboard”. This system attempts to emulate a competition environment for objective-based learning and is designed to be used for Information Security lab assignments similar to a Security competition environment. Although the primary proof-of-concept labs for this project for this project are in the Computer Science and Information Security realms, such a competitive platform can be used for a variety of disciplines and subjects.