I've first heard about badegs about a year ago at a conference, but thought it was a bit "fad-ish" and did not pay much attention at the time. Since then I've seen it grow in acceptance and use. Most recently, I participated in the same conference again, and it was still being used. They even had a pre-conference session disucssing the use of badges. This really piqued my curiosity and attended the session.
Since then I've been trying to find out everything I can about badges and am really glad to have found this course. I'm looking to possibly introduce badges to our community college environment. Maybe starting off with faculty/staff applications (to document professional development, college service, etc.), and then if successful, maybe test it out with students (new student orietnation activities, technology literacy tracking, etc.).
Can't wait to get started!