Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

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.