Just recently I had a student contact me that she couldn't assess the student she was assigned because there was nothing there. There was a title and 5 people were assigned to assess it, but there was nothing to assess. I contacted the student and she said that she had typed directly into the text box (no copy and paste from Word) and clicked the submit button. She hadn't gotten an error message. I looked at the logs and they showed that she had submitted something and modified it or least clicked on the submit button. Any idea what might have happened? If this happens again in the future, what is the best way to handle it?
Yeah, I am afraid it can happen. IIRC, the submission form has only the title set as required. So technically it is valid to submit work consisting of just the title. In case of your student, maybe she had the text in the text field selected and pressed delete by accident or so. I believe it was a rarely happening human mistake, rather than technical issue in Moodle.