Sustainability, Vol. 14, Pages 7789: Higher Education to Support Sustainable Development: The Influence of Information Literacy and Online Learning Process on Chinese Postgraduates’ Innovation Performance
Sustainability doi: 10.3390/su14137789
Digitalization provides opportunities for sustainable development. Cultivating postgraduates&rsquo; digital skills is an important task of higher education to support sustainable development (HESD). As a crucial way of cultivating digital skills, high-quality online learning processes are of great significance to achieve &ldquo;Quality Education&rdquo;, in line with the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Based on Biggs&rsquo;s 3P (Presage-Process-Product) learning model, this study focused on the whole learning process and explored the relationship among postgraduates&rsquo; information literacy, online platforms, online knowledge-sharing processes and their innovation performance. The analysis of a questionnaire survey of 501 Chinese postgraduates showed that (1) information literacy has a positively predictive effect on postgraduates&rsquo; innovation performance; (2) different online learning processes lead to different learning results. Compared to the quantity-oriented online knowledge sharing process (Qty-KSP), the quality-oriented online knowledge sharing process (Qlty-KSP) is related to better innovation performance, which opens onto this study&rsquo;s third finding: (3) Qty-KSP and Qlty-KSP play a parallel mediating effect between postgraduates&rsquo; information literacy and their innovation performance. Compared to Qty-KSP, Qlty-KSP is a more powerful intermediary variable, which leads to this study&rsquo;s fourth finding; (4) an efficient online learning environment can contribute to higher-quality online learning process, thus improving postgraduates&rsquo; innovative performance. This study suggests that policy makers should develop postgraduates&rsquo; digital skills for sustainable development in the digital age. This can be achieved by (1) cultivating postgraduates&rsquo; information literacy; (2) encouraging them to practice high-quality online learning processes; and (3) providing an efficient sharing platform for sustainability, resilience, and digitalization in higher education.