Using MIX 2.0 Lite for Teaching and Learning about Meta-Analysis

Effective statistical learning requires practical learning

You can read all you want about meta-analysis and you can listen to endless lectures about how to do it, but until you do one yourself, you cannot fully comprehend the complexity of the task. It’s not necessarily difficult, but it does involve many different aspects  and subsequently many instances where things can go wrong. Hands-on experience with these key aspects is essential and MIX 2.0 Lite was specifically designed to let you learn about meta-analysis while you are actually performing one.

MIX 2.0 Lite – free, intuitive software for learning

MIX 2.0 Lite is completely free. Anybody can download it from our website and it works on all Windows operating systems and with versions of Excel after 2003 (versions that use the ribbon interface). Because it works inside Excel and it uses the ribbon and common Excel dialog windows, most students will find their way around the software without any learning curve. This is a major advantage over any other statistical software that is used for teaching meta-analysis. You can go directly into the heart of the matter without losing time to getting students up to speed with software matters that are unrelated to meta-analysis. On top of that, the MIX ribbon is structured and when used from left to right and from top to bottom, the analysis flow will be logical.


The Meta-Tutor

MIX 2.0 is the only meta-analysis software that has a built-in tutor. The MIX 2.0 Meta-tutor is a dialog that hovers over the main interface and it changes each time you alter the output. As a teacher, you can instruct students to keep the Meta-Tutor open during the analyses that you let them perform during your course. As a student, you can go home and redo some of the course analyses or even do some additional analyses while you keep the Meta-Tutor open so you can review the methodology that is important for the output you are creating.


The built-in datasets from the best books on meta-analysis

MIX 2.0 Lite and MIX 2.0 Pro comes with more than 25 built-in datasets that are ready for analysis. You can load them with a click of a button from the Datawizard and start analyzing right away. Even in the Lite version, all numerical and graphical methods are available so you can learn about the full breadth of meta-analysis. To make it even more useful, the datasets are not just random datasets, but they were carefully extracted from the 4 most authoritative books about meta-analysis:

The Datawizard not only shows the datasets, but it also conveniently gives you the book reference and the page on which the dataset was published in the book. If the dataset was from a scientific journal publication, that publication will be shown as well. This gives you the opportunity to work with realistic datasets and it also allows you to reproduce most if not all the tables and plots that are shown in the books.

Built-in datasets

The MIX 2.0 learning center

In addition to your own material, you can refer students to the MIX 2.0 learning center. Currently, this holds PDF tutorials and a FAQ repository, but we will be expanding this substantially over the next few months. New resources will include datasets, videos, and more, so please stay tuned. If you are interested, subscribe to our newsletter so we can keep you up to date.


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