Blue Histology

4 stars

Course: Histology
Ownership: The University of Western Australia
URL: http://www.lab.anhb.uwa.edu.au/mb140/
Cost: Free

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.

FULL DESCRIPTION

Blue Histology is a full course with a variety of slides (including labeled and virtual slides which can be manipulated), simulations, quizzes, and diagrams.  The website asks students to draw out/make notes as they go along. Additionally, the students can evaluate themselves through MCQ and SAQ quizzes. The website also lists additional resources that are relevant to page content.

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.

Topics include Epithelia and Glands, Connective Tissues, Integumentary System, Muscle, Nervous Tissue, Skeletal Tissues, Vascular System, Respiratory System, Blood, Oral Cavity and Oesophagus, Gastrointestinal Tract, Accessory Digestive Glands among others.

FACULTY TIME REQUIREMENTS

This is not a lecture based resource, requiring students to learn from text and slides. However, the notes and slides are exceptional, and could replace many portions of a standard microscopic anatomy course. This resource could be used in place of a course, but would likely require clarifications from faculty and exam preparation. 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

The site’s Google Speed score is 96/100, which is a good representation as the site seems to run fairly fast, even when loading the high quality pictures. The site runs well across various browsers. Up to date Java must be installed. Most of the links require popups to be enabled.