Announcing a New Way to Learn Histology and get Better Grades

Do you need a state-of-the-art study resource to improve the grades you receive in your Histology study?

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Histology Online is a subscription-based website that:

  • Has comprehensive Histology Notes (over 3,000 pages), equivalent to a text book for a University level Histology course
  • Addresses 25 key histology Learning Outcomes including: The mammalian cell; Epithelium; Exocrine glands; Skin (the integument); Connective tissues including Cartilage and Bone; Muscle tissues; Nerve tissues (including ganglia); Brain and Spinal cord; Special senses (Eye and Ear); Cardiovascular System; Respiratory System; Oral Cavity; Alimentary Canal; Digestive Glands (Salivary glands, Gallbladder, Liver and Pancreas); Blood and Bone Marrow; Immune-Lymphatic System; Neuroendocrine System; Endocrine System; Male Reproductive System; Female Reproductive System; Urinary System.
  • Includes 4,569 hi resolution Histology Images
  • Uses visual annotations to point out specific parts of Histology Images
  • Provides Review Materials and Histology Quiz sections to test student knowledge
  • Is available to students through online subscription, with a free 3 day trial available.
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Histology texts are limited in the number of colour histology slides they contain, due to the high cost of colour reproduction. In contrast, Histology Online has 4,569 hi-resolution histology images, a range far more extensive than text books. There are extensive notes on the images, clicking a linked word highlights the related part of the image with a red arrow.

Histology Online has been collated by Professor Geoff Meyer of the University of Western Australia. Students of Anatomy and Human Biology at The University of Western Australia use the online resource to complete their Histology course.

Histology Online image of Cytoplasm, with a red arrow highlighting Cilia.
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Monitoring of student grades during the development and trialling of early versions of Histology Online shows student grades improve when they use the online resources.

Comprehensive Histology learning outcomes are supported by extensive assessment packages, as well as detailed visual annotations that point out specific aspects of hi-resolution images.

All content is accessed via a website. Unlike a traditional textbook in histology, content is updated to stay abreast of developments in the field of histology.

A 12 month subscription to the Histology Online resource includes:

  • 25 modules (eg. the mammalian cell, skin, muscle tissue, respiratory system) containing over 3,000 pages. It covers the complete histological structure of the human body.
  • Lecture text providing a complete description of the histological structures of cells, tissues and organs within each module.
  • 4569 high resolution images summarise structural and functional features of all cells and tissues of the organ systems.
  • Interactive visual annotations engage the learner to identify each structural feature.

More information links extend the understanding of each histological feature.

A “computerised microscope” simulates the study of histological slides and serves as an instructional companion in lab classes.

Extensive assessment packages guide learning objectives and reinforce retention of the learning outcomes. Quantitative evidence has proven student performance in examinations is enhanced.


An equivalent Histology Textbook from a reputable publisher will usually cost over $100 AUD. Histology Online:

  • 12 month subscription – $35 AUD
  • 3 day trial of Blood Module – Free
HO Subscription
$35 AUD 12 Mths
HO Trial
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Histology Learning Outcomes

Histology Online is designed to provide an extensive account of the histologic structure of human organs and how they function within human organ systems. The major learning outcome is to understand the histology of human organs within the context of cell biology in preparation for studying pathology and advanced cell biology and molecular biology.

Cardiovascular System: students learn about the histologic organisation of the heart, arteries, capillaries, veins and lymphatic vessels and learn to identify important structural and functional differences between arteries, capillaries and veins.

Respiratory System: students learn about the histologic organisation of the air-conducting nasal cavities, nasopharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and bronchioles and the respiratory portions-respiratory bronchioles, alveolar ducts, alveolar sacs, and alveoli, the components of a respiratory lobule and a respiratory acinus-and learn how to identify the components of the air-blood respiratory barrier.

Oral Cavity: students learn about the histologic organisation of the oral cavity, tongue and teeth, and the structure and function of taste buds to identify major structural and functional differences between the oropharynx, esophagus and stomach, about stomach mucosal and submucosal folds and the structural and functional characteristics of chief cells and parietal cells, as well as the mucous secreting cells lining the stomach.

Alimentary Canal: students are able to distinguish differences in the mucosa of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum and the colon, what components of the small and large intestine participate in a defensive role against pathogens ingested in food and how the diffuse system of enteroendocrine cells assist in digestive functions, marvelling at the extent of the myenteric nerve plexus.

Digestive Glands: students learn how the oral salivary glands differ histologically from each other, about the histological organisation of the exocrine pancreas, and about the structural and functional components of the hepatic lobule.

Bone Marrow: students learn about the differentiation between pathways for each of the blood cells.

Immune-Lymphatic System: students learn about the histologic organisation of the lymph node, the structure and function of the thymus and its role in preventing auto-immune diseases. They appreciate that the spleen has a dual function-as an immune protective function and as an aid in the removal of aged or fragile red blood cells- and learn about the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) in the form of the tonsils, appendix and Peyer’s patches.

Neuroendocrine System: students learn about the histologic organisation of the hypophysis (pituitary gland) and the components of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal pathways for hormone secretion and control of some activities of the anterior pituitary by the hypothalamus.

Endocrine System: students learn about the cellular features of polypeptide and steroid-secreting cells and the basic principles of cell signalling, the histologic organisation of the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal gland and endocrine pancreas, and that hormones of the anterior pituitary regulate the endocrine activity of these endocrine organs.

Male Reproductive System: students learn about the histologic organisation of the testis and the excurrent duct system, identify important structural and functional differences in the spermatogenic cells, learn about the hormonal regulation of testis function and how the prostate gland is organised into distinct regions linked to prostate cancers, and how seminal vesicles contribute nutrients to semen.

Female Reproductive System: students learn about the histologic organisation of the ovary, uterine tube, uterus, cervix and vagina, identify important structural and functional differences in the developing ovarian follicles, learn about the development, structure and function of the corpus luteum, understand hormonal regulation of ovarian function and integration of folliculogenesis with the events of the menstrual cycle, and understand how the cervix is organised into distinct regions linked to cancer of the cervix.

Urinary System: students learn about how the vascularisation of the kidney dictates the organisation of the parenchyma of the kidney, discuss the structure and function of the uriniferous tubule, learn that the nephron is a major component of the uriniferous tubule, are able to identify the components of the glomerular filtration barrier, learn to integrate structure and function and learn about the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.

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