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Robert W Ogilvie

Title: Instructional Faculty
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
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  • BIOL 530 (Histology)  - Read essential information about the online course here.


Dr. Ogilvie, Professor Emeritus, Medical University of South Carolina, is the course director for the online histology course, BIOL530-J30. Dr. Ogilvie, in collaboration with Dr. Sawyer, created the lectures for this course. Dr. Ogilvie is the narrator of the lectures. The main resources in the course for the study of histological specimens are WebMic that Dr. Ogilvie created while on sabbatical leave in the Institute of Anatomy, Medical School, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and the companion Study Guide eBook for WebMic. At the 129th meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, he was awarded the highest honor given by the association, The Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Ogilvie has had a long standing interest in the development of web delivered courses in histology and histopathology featuring narrated lectures and video tours explaining microscopic architecture of the human body to excite and focus the learner’s independent study of histology and histopathology. Dr. Ogilvie’s career included basic research funded by federal grants.


Gu, Jiang and Ogilvie, R. W., Editors, “Virtual Microscopy and Virtual Slides in Teaching, Diagnosis, and Research”, ISBN # 10: 0-94932067-4, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, 2005 (Book)

Ogilvie, R. W. and P. Groscurth, WebMic: A Virtual Microscope for the study of histological specimens. Available here.

Ogilvie, R. W. Histological Laboratory Exercises: A Guide for the Study of WebMic Specimens, 9th edition, 2020, Van-Griner Publishing. Available here.

Bloodgood RA. Ogilvie RW. Trends in histology laboratory teaching in United States medical schools.  The Anatomical Record (Part B:  New Anatomist) 289B (5):169-75, 2006.

Ogilvie, R. W., A. V. Blue and T. Trusk, Computer-administered Formative Quizzes in a Basic Science Course, Academic Medicine 74 (No. 5):574, 1999.


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