About This Project

Please note: This text is currently being developed.

Please be aware that there might be updates throughout the semester as we continue adding and editing content, testing for accessibility, and incorporating feedback from pilot semester(s). If you need an accessibility accommodation or have questions about the use of this text, please contact OER services at oer@uta.edu.



Histology is an original text written by Dr. Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak. Unless otherwise noted, all images were found in the Virtual Microscopy Database and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

This text was developed to provide an overview of histology. Consideration and modifications were made for students with a working knowledge of biology, but little or no experience in human anatomy or physiology. This text covers the main concepts of staining techniques, microscopy, and the tissues and cells of the human body as seen from the microscopic level.

Creation Process

When Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak began teaching at UTA she realized that while there are many commercially available human anatomy and physiology books which incorporate a little bit of histoloy, none of them focus solely on histology. She decided to create a textbook for histology that could fill that void. The first version of this work was created and used in an online course through UTA in the Spring of 2019.

The idea of publishing the textbook as an OER came to her courtesy of Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian at UTA. To make this leap to an open platform, she enlisted the help of some of her best students. In Fall 2018, Wilk recruited a group of two excellent undergraduate teaching assistants. These students worked tirelessly to identify openly licensed images and incorporate them into the text. Libraries’ staff assisted in migrating the resource to Pressbooks, where it could be easily exported into a variety of formats. Furthermore, we conducted student surveys to gather feedback. Wilk’s teaching assistants have always been an important part of her pedagogy. With their assistance, she was able to complete and openly publish this histology textbook. The students put in the hard work to change all illustrations to Creative Commons licensed images and ensure proper attribution of all the images used. The student contributors, Thao Nguyen and Kayti Robinson, now alumni, reviewed and edited the resource, and are listed as co-authors of this manual.

Ultimately, open manuals reduce the cost to students while customizing the information and visuals required for class.  In addition, the digital copy of the textbook allows students to access the text wherever they are and is easily obtainable on the first day of class. Open manuals are also dynamic works that can be adapted to suit the needs of other institutions or groups that wish to explore the topic but do not have a solid framework to do so. The resulting OER is being piloted in an online histology class in Fall 2019 and will be revised following the pilot period with input from current students. It is our hope that this extension of Wilk’s class will open the door to connecting our courses to broader collaborations and student input.

The review and revision of this text required time researching staining methods, microscopy, anatomy, physiology, and tissues.   Each chapter includes original text with images from the Creative Commons and other open resources.

About the Author

Dr. Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak has taught many biology courses, including human anatomy and human physiology, for 30 years to medical and nursing students, and currently to undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Warsaw Medical University. Ever since she discovered her father’s anatomical fold-out “manikin” as a child, Dr. Wilk has has been enamored by all aspects of the human body. In addition to teaching, she loves old medical illustration and never misses the chance to see them in museums when she travels.


Histology Copyright © by Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak. All Rights Reserved.

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