Canvas Shows a Cryptic Error When Creating a Group Set

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When creating a group set in Canvas, instructors may encounter an error message that appears cryptic: "An error occurred while creating the Group Set: doFetchApi received a bad response: 400 Bad Request" This error typically occurs when the name of the group set conflicts with another group set that the instructor has already created.

Problem

  1. You attempt to create a new group set in Canvas.
  2. You enter a name for the group set and click the create button.
  3. Instead of the group set being created successfully, an error message is displayed: "An error occurred while creating the Group Set: doFetchApi received a bad response: 400 Bad Request"

Canvas user interface showing the error message, "An error occurred while creating the Group Set: doFetchApi received a bad response: 400 Bad Request"

Solution

To resolve this issue and successfully create the desired group set, instructors should follow these steps:

  1. Check existing group sets: Look for any existing group sets with similar or identical names to the one you're trying to create. From the groups page, check the names of the tabs near the top of the page.
    Canvas user interface with an arrow pointing to the "Project Groups" group set.

  2. Modify the group set name: If you find a conflicting group set, you will need to choose a new name for the group set you are trying to create. Choose a name that is unique and not currently in use within the course.

  3. Retry creating the group set: After deciding on a new group set name, attempt to create the group set again. This time, you should be able to successfully create it without encountering the error.

Conclusion

The error message "An error occurred while creating the Group Set: doFetchApi received a bad response: 400 Bad Request" in Canvas is often caused by a conflict between the name of the group set being created and an existing group set. By ensuring that the group set name is unique and not already in use within the course, instructors can avoid this error and create the desired group set successfully. Following the provided solution steps should help resolve this issue. If you continue to experience difficulties or have further questions, it is recommended to reach out to Canvas support for assistance.

Details

Article ID: 113599
Created
Wed 7/19/23 2:46 PM
Modified
Tue 1/2/24 4:00 PM