A Synthesis of Digital Resources for Histology

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  • 4 stars

    Though this resource provides no video lectures, it gives users the ability to manipulate microscopic images, which could replace a traditional microscopic course. Additionally, the notes are detailed and easy to understand, and the pictures are high quality with excellent labels. The notes could possibly replace a text book.

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  • 4 stars

    The video components of this resource could replace the lab component of a histology course, but students would still need a lecture component. The videos provide a guided instruction through the laboratory component of a histology course. Students would need to visit another site in order to do self-directed virtual microscopy in order to fully learn this material. 

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  • 3 stars

    This resource offers slides with good descriptions and labels that are easy to learn from. The resource does not have quizzes. Students can self-evaluate, but would likely need to pair this resource with other text-focused resources. It could be used to replace the lab portion of a histology course.

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  • 3 stars

    Even without lectures and exams, the atlas, slide sets, and lab materials available in this resource are excellent supplements for a histology course. The lab component is particularly usefel, with step-by-step written instructions on how to run each lab. The lab component could entirely replace a histology lab. 

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  • 3 stars

    This resource could be used as a learning supplement for students, and could potentially replace the laboratory component of a histology course. It features excellent graphics that are clearly labeled. The website is a bit confusing to navigate, requiring many clicks to get to the finer details. 

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  • 3 stars

    This resource could be used as an independent study guide, or as student self-evaluation through quizzes. With instructor guidance, this could also supplement the laboratory portion of a histology course. The images are very high quality, although they load slowly. The images do not have labels, but the accompanying text with each slide is very helpful. The picture and content are not on the same webpage, requiring students to move back and forth between the pages. 

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  • 2 stars

    The resource is incomplete and more appropriate for an undergraduate histology course. It covers the basics of histology, but it misses most of the material required for a medical school-level histology course. 

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  • 2 stars

    This resource is not comprehensive, and could not replace a full histology course. It does provide clear and comprehensive handouts that could be useful to faculty. 

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  • 2 stars

    This resource is an iOS App, requiring an Apple device. It is not comprehensive, but has lectures and labs for the majority of a histology course.

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  • 2 stars

    This video series serves as a review for information learned in a histology laboratory. They are not detailed enough to be utilized as a primary resource.

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  • 2 stars

    The microscopic images and zooming functions make this a great supplemental resource for a laboratory component of a Histology course. There are no lectures to present the material. The slides are disorganized and would require instructor review. 

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  • 2 stars

    This resource is very expensive, but the information is detailed and comprehensive. It could be used by an institution to supplement the lecture component of a histology course. 

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  • 2 stars

    This resource could be used as a supplement for the lab component of a histology course. The initial download and installation of the Biolucida software may pose some problems in areas of low bandwidth or university administered computers which block the download of new software. Once downloaded, the slide set is comprehensive with detailed images. The images lack descriptions and labels. The slide set also has the same functionality of a real microscope. 

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  • 1 star

    This resource could be used to supplement both the lecture and lab components of a histology course. It provides numerous labeled pictures and graphics to aid in learning. They are also available in a PowerPoint format. There is not enough text information given for this resource to be used alone, requiring a handout or faculty assistance to explain concepts.

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  • 1 star

    This resource provides an extensive series of microscopic images with brief descriptions. The images are not high quality. The virtual Histology compoemet (Zoomified) does simulate an actual lab, but lacks descriptions or labels, requiring a Histology faculty instructor.

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  • 1 star

    Due to the lack of detail in the slides. the lack of a zooming function, and the lack of a download option, the presentations are not useful to either students or faculty. However, the slides are free and the content could be used as an outline for a potential presentation.

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  • 1 star

    This resource is a mobile application for iOS and Android mobile devices. It provides a series of histology slides. Answers are not explained and you cannot enter, or record, your responses onto the app. It could not replace the lecture or lab component of a histology course. 

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  • 1 star

    This resource contains a vareity of pictures, exams, and study guides, but will need to be supplemented with a lab book for effective learning.

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  • 1 star

    This resource has  some helpful schematic charts, and could be used to help clarify difficult concepts in histology. However, without detailed images or comprehensive content, this resource could not replace any part of a histology course.

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  • zero stars

    This mobile app is difficult to navigate, disorganized, and loads very slowly. The app does not have enough educational value for a medical student.

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  • zero stars

    The resource has limited scope; it only includes pictures, with no descriptions or quizzes. It may be used as a teacher’s aide or independent study guide.

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  • zero stars

    This app is not free, and some of the images have either poor or no explanations. It is not comprehensive and has little educational value. 

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