This paper considers the requirement for remote controlling of machines and equipment within the domain of on-line distance learning. A generic structure is presented for technical and operational issues of tele-operation in the education process. Virtual Network Computing is chosen as the key component in a client-server mode of operation. Various requirements are being addressed in practice by the remote control framework being developed towards the goals of a new Learning Factory that aim to work in collaboration with various tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mainland China. A case study is also presented to illustrate the operation of the framework.